RYAN KILGORE, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, has been masterfully playing the soulful sounds of the saxophone since age 10. A fourth
generation sax player, Ryan’s musical career has afforded him the opportunity to travel the world to accompany renowned artists such as Stevie Wonder and legendary producers/writers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Ryan’s musical inspiration came from his grandfather, Ester Betterson, who was not only in love with music, but also bought his first horn. After playing in the band for four years at Southwest DeKalb High School, Ryan went on to attend Clark Atlanta University and was the first freshman to become drum major, as well as proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America Inc.
Ryan is also no stranger to the film industry. He has made cameos in 20th Century Fox’s Drumline, Paramount Pictures’ Fighting Temptations, Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman. He played on the Fighting Temptations soundtrack with singer-songwriter
Faith Evans on the song titled “Heaven Knows,” as well as performed on the Walt Disney movie Country Bears.
Some of Ryan’s early performance
credits was as early as 1998 when he performed with gospel great Donnie McClurkin. In 2004, he performed at the Atlanta Falcons’ playoff home game. He has been featured on both “The Ellen
DeGeneres Show” and “The Jonathan Ross Show” with Stevie Wonder, who he has performed with from 2007 until now. He has been “blessed” and honored with performing with many superstars in jazz, R&B and even hiphop, including being featured on T.I.’s
Paper Trail album (“You Ain’t Missing Nothing”).
Overall, Ryan is an exceptional saxophone player who strives to instill the importance of music’s role in the enrichment of the human spirit. The feelings that he can’t express verbally, he can express through his smooth sounds of “Saxuality.”