At a strapping and athletic 6’3”, 240 lbs., Ryan Langdon is kind of hard to miss. But when you hear the first few notes of his brand new Slaight Music single “Leave Me Right,” you’ll notice there’s something else about this Niagara Falls, Ontario-based country singer that’s hard to miss… His booming baritone.
It’s as engrained in his DNA as is his ability to sing country music. “It’s funny,” admits Langdon, 29. “I sang as a kid and loved all the genres, but I always had that country sound. Even when I did other types of material, friends would say, ‘Man, I don’t know if you’re trying, but you sound like a country singer.’ It was just my voice.”
And that rich and resonant tone is just one of the first things that strikes you about “Leave Me Right,” a memorable debut produced by Jeff “Diesel” Dalziel (Brett Kissel, Dan Davidson, The Washboard Union) and co-written by the acclaimed Jessica Mitchell (“Workin’ On Whiskey,”) multiple CCMA Award winner Patricia Conroy and Dave Thomson (Lady Antebellum.) It knocked Ryan Langdon out the moment he heard the demo. “It’s such a cool song because it’s very close to my personality,” says Langdon. “If you’re in a relationship and it’s not going as planned and you can feel the other person is losing interest, it’s very relatable. “The song says, ‘If you’re not interested, you may as well let me know now and just leave me right – don’t drag me along for three or four years. Just get it over with.’ It’s hip.”
More recently, at the behest of Slaight Music, Langdon has spent some time in Nashville writing with “Leave Me Right” co-writers Jessica Mitchell, Patricia Conroy and Dave Thomson. Since he’s usually written alone, the collaborative process has given him some good insight. “If you draw a blank, someone else can pick up the slack,” he notes.