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This was one of the most powerful and inspiring moments I’ve ever experienced onstage.  Joe is a young friend who I met while serving as camp musician at Young Life’s Castaway Club in Minnesota during Summer 2014.  He wanted to sing (John Mark McMillan’s worship song) “How He Loves” with me during the camp talent show.  Enjoy!

I enjoyed co-writing “Who Spiked the Eggnog?” with Deke Sharon (of Pitch Perfect and The Sing Off fame) in 2009 for Straight No Chaser’s holiday album “Christmas Cheers.”  To date, the song has received over 1.2 million views on YouTube!

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God likes you.

Zephaniah 3:17 is a beautiful picture of God’s love for you:

“For the Lord your God is living among you.  He is a mighty savior.  He will take delight in you with gladness.  With his love, he will calm all your fears.  He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

We often hear – or share – the message of “God loves you.”

But how often have you heard – or shared – this one? Continue reading →

Remembering who you are

According to legend, victorious Roman military commanders had “Memento te mortalem esse” (“Remember, you are a mortal”) whispered into their ear by charioteers called aurigas as they were paraded throughout the city after their conquests. 

When I was performing with Straight No Chaser (2008-2012), many of my days ended with thousands of people rising to their feet and erupting in applause.

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Dear Fear, You Can Leave Now.

Marianne Williamson writes in her book A Return To Love, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.”

Two weeks ago today, I alllmooost hit “cancel” instead of “post” when Fear whispered into my ear that my new website wasn’t worth launching. Continue reading →

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HI, I’M RYAN AHLWARDT!

(That’s pronounced “all-wert“)

I am a singer-songwriter, vocal arranger, worship leader, guitarist, and alumnus of the world-renowned a cappella group Straight No Chaser.

SNC has sold over 1 million albums since signing with Atlantic Records in 2008.  I have performed on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and PBS and have worked with such artists as The Beach Boys, Barry Manilow, Sara Bareilles, and Take 6, to name a few.

I am a co-host of Radio Theology on 99.5 WZPL in Indianapolis.  Radio Theology is a weekly radio show and podcast on the #1 Top 40 station in Indiana whose mission is to inspire Hoosiers to lead a life of compassion, service, and joy.

I am also the Area Director of Hamilton Southeastern Young Life in Fishers, IN.  Young Life is a global, non-denominational outreach ministry whose mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus and help them grow in their faith.

More important than all of this, however, I am blessed to be Lauren’s husband and Olivia & Gus’ dad.

MY CONTENT

My creative mission is to provoke Godward thought in others through my music and writing so they can experience life in its fullest.

To that end, I write, sing, and speak about faith, leadership, creativity, and relationships.  On occasion, I write about things that don’t fit neatly into one of these categories (like Lamaze class, hanging out with walruses, and anxiety, for example).

If you are someone who wants to live life to the full and help others do the same, then my blog is for you!

Upcoming Events

12/17/2017 Ryan Carmel, IN Hope City Church Hope City Church free
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10/20/2017 Mixtape Indianapolis, IN The LakeHouse at Geist The LakeHouse at Geist
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10/15/2017 Ryan & Lauren Carmel, IN Mercy Road Church Mercy Road Church
10/14/2017 Mixtape Lebanon, IN Private Party Private Party
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