Ryan Whyte Maloney made a strong showing on NBC’s singing competition program “The Voice,” snagging a spot on Blake Shelton’s team and making it to the playoff rounds before he was eliminated.
Since then, Maloney’s music career has gotten a real jumpstart, and the Traverse City native has found himself working and performing alongside some standout artists as well as on some pretty big stages.
He’ll notch yet another stage when he performs at Petoskey’s 2014 Festival on the Bay as their main headliner on Saturday night.
Kristi Kates for Express: How have things changed for you and your music since you were on “The Voice?”
Ryan Whyte Maloney: Well, the world now has a frozen moment in time that is my mark. It was a mere moment for the public, but the measure of that moment is unforgettable for me. I now play seven days a week and travel all over, and have had multiple producers and management companies wanting to work with me. The future is electric!
EXPRESS: How did it feel to be returning to Northern Michigan again to perform?
EXPRESS: What projects are you working on now, and when can your fans expect some new music?
RWM: I am touring all summer and fall, and am signing with Chrome Management in Los Angeles, so I’ll be international after that. I am also writing and recording a new record, and I have two new music videos being edited, one for “Michigan Moonlight” and the other for “Radio,” both shot in Michigan.
EXPRESS: What are some of the opportunities you’ve enjoyed most since you left the show?
RWM: [Performing at] Cherry Festival was a bucket list achievement: to finally be home and be the underdog of TC making headway on a dream. I was also able to play with Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Parmalee, Thompson Square, Tim McGraw … the list goes on, and that’s insanely cool and doesn’t happen everyday. I always dreamed of a life only using what I had in these two hands and with my voice, and it’s happening.
EXPRESS: And what are you looking forward to most about performing as the featured artist at Petoskey’s Festival?
RWM: I have family and friends in Petoskey, and any chance to be real and give my gift to others is a blessing. We are force-fed digital every minute of our lives nowadays, and it’s barren and hollow. I want people to see me and laugh and dance and have a great time. I want them to have an experience of which you’d say afterward, ‘You’d have to have been there!’