Contestant in the KHTS 2013 Texaco Country Showdown Preliminary Round
Ryan Arklin was born and raised in the Santa Clarita Valley, and considered himself an “average kid”…until an injury in 2007 suddenly left him paralyzed from the neck down. In Ryan’s own words: “I would ‘run’ and ‘jump’ in my mind like I always did, but nothing would move at all. Several doctors told me that I would never move anything from my neck down again. After months in the hospital and years of physical therapy I regained most of my mobility and a new perspective on life.
Since then, I have tried new things that would have never come to mind had I not broken my neck.” Ryan taught himself to play guitar and within a year he was accepted to study music at California Institute of the Arts. He is an active singer-songwriter, passionate about exploring his own voice through song. Ryan has played at bars, restaurants, and events throughout Los Angeles and the Santa Clarita Valley; including City Mayor Bob Kellar’s house.
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