Ryan Malcolm

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Ryan Malcolm, March 2004
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Birth nameRyan Michael Malcolm
Born (1979-10-13) October 13, 1979 (age 39)
Origin Kingston, Ontario, Canada
LabelsBMG International

Ryan Michael Malcolm (born October 13, 1979) is a Canadian singer and realtor best known as the winner of the first season of Canadian Idol .

<i>Canadian Idol</i> television program

Canadian Idol is a Canadian reality television competition show which aired on CTV, based on the British show Pop Idol. The show was a competition to find the most talented young singer in Canada, and was hosted by Ben Mulroney. Jon Dore was the "roving reporter" for the first three seasons. Elena Juatco assumed the role for season four, Dave Kerr had the role in season five and Jully Black in season six.


In 2003, he released his debut solo album Home which was certified Platinum in Canada. [1] In 2006, Malcolm formed a new alternative rock band, Low Level Flight.

<i>Home</i> (Ryan Malcolm album) album by Ryan Malcolm

Home is the debut album from Ryan Malcolm, who was the winner of the first season of Canadian Idol. The album was released on December 9, 2003.

Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music. The term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or simply the independent, DIY ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music. At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, that is seen to be descended from punk rock.

Low Level Flight is a Canadian five-piece alternative rock band formed in 2006 in Toronto by lead singer Ryan Malcolm. They have released two albums so far: Urgency (2007) and Through These Walls (2011). LLF toured much of Canada, the US, Mexico and Asia in support of their debut album, which was produced by Mike Borkosky. The band had three top ten videos and two top 40 singles from the album. LLF spent much of 2010 writing and recording Through These Walls with acclaimed producer Gus van Go. With distribution through Fontana North.


Early years

Ryan grew up in Amherstview, a small town just west of Kingston. The son of John and Sharron Malcolm, Ryan had two older siblings, Kim and Sean. At the age of nine, Ryan's parents were divorced and then John remarried. His wife Deborah had three children, and Ryan had three new step-siblings, Jordan, Reagan, and Grayson. Throughout the 1990s, Ryan's father owned and operated many restaurants, where Ryan worked as a waiter, setting up his nickname on idol as "waiter boy", in reference to the pop singer Avril Lavigne's song "Sk8er Boi". Both Malcolm and Lavigne attended the same high school in Napanee. Ryan had his musical debut singing at guest appearance with his Dad John, who had a solo vocal act. When John and his step-mom Deb opened their restaurant in Napanee, Ryan, 13 at the time, started singing regularly with his Dad. Later brother Reagan joined the act, and the band "A Bit of Nostalgia" was born.

Amherstview is a community in Loyalist Township, Ontario.

Avril Lavigne Canadian singer-songwriter and actress

Avril Ramona Lavigne is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain and by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million.

Sk8er Boi single

"Sk8er Boi" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne, released as the second single from her debut album, Let Go (2002). It was written by Avril Lavigne and The Matrix, and produced by The Matrix. The song is a power pop and pop punk track, which lyrically, tells a story told from the singer's viewpoint about her rocker boyfriend and a girl he knew in high school who rejected him because he was a skateboarder and she was a snob.

Ryan continued singing with "A Bit of Nostalgia" until he won Idol. Presently, he enjoys coming home for reunion shows with his Dad and brother Reagan, for special events. Before entering Canadian Idol , he also worked as a waiter at the Lone Star Texas Grill in Kingston.

Canadian Idol

Malcolm did not crack the top 10 in his first attempt but was awarded a spot on the wildcard show after which, because the vote was so close, he became the 11th contestant in the final group. His consistency throughout the final phase of the competition and his great song choices won him many fans and eventually the Canadian Idol crown.

WeekThemeSong ChoiceArtist
AuditionN/A"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"
"Down on the Corner"
The Platters
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Top 32N/A"One" U2
WildcardN/A"Just the Way You Are" Billy Joel
Top 11 Canadian Hits "Try" Blue Rodeo
Top 8 Motown "For Once in My Life" Stevie Wonder
Top 6Summertime Hits"Drift Away" Dobie Gray
Top 5 Elton John "Believe" Elton John
Top 4 Love Songs "Crazy"
"Hooked on a Feeling"
Patsy Cline
Blue Swede
Top 3Judges' Choice
Competitors' Choice
"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
The Hollies
Billy Joel
Top 2Final Two"Something More"
Stand by Me
"Down on the Corner"
Ryan Malcolm
Ben E. King
Creedence Clearwater Revival

After Idol

His debut single, "Something More" was released on radio the day after his win and to the public on September 30. It went four times platinum on the first day of its release and stayed at #1 on the Canadian Singles Chart for 13 consecutive weeks.

The Canadian Singles Chart is compiled by the American-based music sales tracking company, Nielsen SoundScan. The chart is compiled every Wednesday, and is published by Jam! Canoe on Thursdays.

On December 9, 2003, Malcolm's debut album Home was released. It debuted and peaked at #4 on the Canadian Albums Chart, and was certified platinum, selling 170,000 copies and earning a Juno nomination for Best Pop Album.

The Canadian Albums Chart is the official album sales chart in Canada. It is compiled every Monday by U.S.-based music sales tracking company Nielsen SoundScan, and published every Tuesday by Billboard.

Later that month, Malcolm participated in World Idol and shared the stage with Elton John and Victoria Beckham. Alongside fellow idol friend Kelly Clarkson, he placed sixth. He followed this with a tour of Eastern Canada with various guests, including Jacynthe, Gary Beals, and Audrey de Montigny. He returned to Europe two more times that year to perform with Annie Lennox at Royal Albert Hall in London as well as to perform in Prague.

He represented Canada at the National Children's Peace Concert in the Czech Republic. He sang the national anthem at the 2004 Grey Cup.

He made his acting debut in the recent Ross Petty pantomime "Snow White and the Group of Seven" at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto with fellow finalists Gary Beals and Billy Klippert, as well as season two finalist Elena Juatco. Ryan also spent some time traveling in Africa and South America, where many of LLF's songs were inspired. In 2006 and 2007 he was a two-time host of Toronto's sketch comedy show Sunday Night Live.

As of 2013, he ran a restaurant along with his girlfriend, Rebecca in El Castillo, Costa Rica called Tres Cabras (3 Goats). [2]

After a successful run with Tres Cabras, Ryan and, his now wife, Rebecca closed the restaurant and have since moved back to Kingston, Ontario.

In 2016, Ryan attained his realtor license and has settled for a while in a small village called Bayfield ontario. He successfully listed his first house for sale. Ryan and Rebecca have become the innkeepers at the Ashwood Inn.

As of 2018, Ryan has been performing intimate concerts and private events with guitarist Justin Evans.

Low Level Flight

In 2006, Malcolm formed and fronted a new five-piece alternative rock band Low Level Flight. On March 27, 2007, the band released their debut album Urgency , which was critically panned [3] . The band spent much of 2007 touring across Canada and later toured Mexico and the United States, promoting their debut album. In September 2007, LLF performed their second single from the album "Say" on the top three results show of Canadian Idol. In 2009, LLF signed a record deal with Times Of India, and toured throughout India. LLF released their second studio album "Through These Walls" in 2011. And toured UK and Europe twice in support of the release. They are currently on their third single "TSK TSK". The band will return to India in early 2013 for more tour dates.

Along with fronting LLF, Malcolm is a CEO of I Heart Records, a Toronto-based record label.


Ryan Malcolm discography

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