Ties of kinship


Ryan delmore


Ryan and his wife Sarah, along with their five children, live on the central coast of California. The family attend and serve at the Five Cities Vineyard Church in Arroyo Grande, a small agricultural community nestled between vast, rolling acres of farmland and wineries, and the rugged beauty of the Pacific Ocean's shoreline. "It’s the land that Steinbeck wrote about in most of his books, a rich and beautiful land, and I think it definitely influences the musicians and artists who live here", says Delmore.

A worship leader in the Vineyard church for over 20 years, Ryan has written and recorded several songs with Vineyard Worship, including "Down At Your Feet", "The World Can’t Take It Away", "Jesus' Name" and "Love Of God". Streams of country, rock, gospel, and folk blend together to create the unique Americana sound that carries his intimate worship and passionate praises to God. "Ragged but true" is how he describes the music. Delmore was raised on the records and tapes of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Everly Brothers, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, The Ramones and Credence Clearwater Revival among others. But the heart and soul of his simple yet poetic songs owe much more to the influence of his songwriting hero, John Barnett, as well as friends and fellow worship leaders Chris Lizotte, Matt Redman, Josh White, Kevin Prosch, Dustin Kensrue, Zebedee Zaitz, Steven Collins (Deadman), John Mark McMillan and Martin Smith.

Ryan’s record, "The Spirit, The Water, And The Blood" invites the listener to join him in lifting up a grateful heart of thanksgiving to God as well as quietly reflecting on the saving work of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Produced and recorded by singer/songwriter/worship leader and good friend Chris Lizotte – and featuring guitarist Marc Ford (Ben Harper, Ryan Bingham) – the loose, live feel of the songs make the album feel like "a raucous Sunday morning service". His more recent offerings, Ties Of Kinship, Blind Man See, and The Cabin Fever Recordings are all collections of songs recorded with friends and family at home and across the country over the past few years.