Ryan Keen – I Won’t Give Up (Spotify)

“An emotionally expressive and soothingly dreamy landscape. We dig how the drums are injected and the build keeps climbing toward a graceful end, well done. ”


Seven years after the release of his album Room for Light and the best-selling single “Skin and Bones”, Ryan Keen has announced his anticipated comeback by introducing “Every Time” co-written by Ed Sheeran. On December 10, he’ll reveal the pop ballad “I Won’t Give Up”, via Embassy of Music.


“I Won’t Give Up” is an uplifting love song. It focuses on the feeling of knowing you’ll support through the highs and lows. I wrote the song with my very good friend Sillkey. We’d hired an Airbnb halfway between our houses (between London and Brighton) to write for 3 days. This song came out of nowhere! From the first idea to having the demo recorded was no more than 2 hours.” - Ryan adds.


Singer-songwriter, surfer and mental health advocate. South Devon-born Ryan has written and toured with Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner, Leona Lewis and Tom Odell to name a few. Ryan’s debut album, ‘Room For Light’, ranked highly in singer-songwriter iTunes charts globally which led to a sell-out UK tour and two headline tours in Europe. Ryan has also toured extensively in Australia.


Alongside his solo career, Ryan is a part of the band SLANG and has written for other artists including Noah Kahan, Jasmine Thompson and Kolidescopes. Ryan’s passion for mental health led him to working with I Am Whole and later leading Movember’s music and mental health projects. He has now founded a new music/mental health charity in the UK.

Ryan has been writing and recording a lot behind the scenes - he co-wrote Noah Kahan’s single “Animal, as well as writing with Corey Harper, Jasmine Thompson and Jacob Banks - but is now very happy to be releasing “I Won’t Give Up”, “ leading up to an album release in 2022.”, he adds.

Reviewed by Nagamag on December 23, 2021