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I’m the voice of Thryv’s animated mascot! Check out the national TV commercial above! (I’m the little orange guy.)

“Indiana” is my second single of 2018 and features Matt Mellinger on drums, bass, & percussion and Derek Drye on slide guitar.  The video was filmed in Noblesville, IN and produced by Megan Mellinger, who also produced “Granary” below!

“Granary” was inspired by the story of American patriot Paul Revere, filmed in Boston, MA, and written with fellow Straight No Chaser alumnus Don Nottingham.

You get some awesome rewards when you partner with me on Patreon!  Watch the video above to learn more about becoming a monthly patron of my music today.

I co-wrote “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 1.4 million views on YouTube!

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The Journey Continues…

On Oct. 14, 2012, God gave me four simple words – “I am with you” – that changed the trajectory of my life.

With that whisper of assurance, I knew that He was undoubtedly calling me away from being a professional a cappella singer (yes, that’s actually a thing) to return home to Fishers and lead Young Life at my alma mater.

Since then, God has proven Himself faithful in innumerable “I am with you” moments in ministry. Continue reading →

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.

Continue reading →

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, voice-over actor, arranger, worship leader, and alumnus of the world-renowned a cappella group Straight No Chaser.

SNC has sold over 2 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 also the voice of Thryv’s animated mascot in their national TV commercial!  (I’m the fun little orange guy.)

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.

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

09/05/2018 Mixtape (90s cover band) Carmel, IN 2018 Summer Family Concert Series 2018 Summer Family Concert Series free
09/16/2018 Ryan (acoustic) Avon, IN Echo Church Echo Church
10/28/2018 Ryan (acoustic) Avon, IN Echo Church Echo Church

Past Events

08/05/2018 Ryan (acoustic) Indianapolis, IN People's Church People's Church
08/03/2018 Ryan & Lauren Ahlwardt Indianapolis, IN Private wedding Private wedding
07/29/2018 Ryan (acoustic) Avon, IN Westlake Church of God Westlake Church of God
07/29/2018 Radio Theology 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
07/22/2018 Ryan (acoustic) Avon, IN Westlake Church of God Westlake Church of God
07/21/2018 Mixtape (90s cover band) Indianapolis, IN Private Private
07/15/2018 Radio Theology 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
07/15/2018 Ryan & Lauren Ahlwardt Carmel, IN Mercy Road Church Mercy Road Church
07/14/2018 Ryan & Lauren Ahlwardt Carmel, IN Mercy Road Church Mercy Road Church
07/08/2018 Ryan (acoustic) Avon, IN Westlake Church of God Westlake Church of God
07/08/2018 Radio Theology 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
07/06/2018 Mixtape (90s cover band) Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Zoo Indianapolis Zoo
07/01/2018 Ryan & Lauren Avon, IN Westlake Church of God Westlake Church of God
07/01/2018 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
06/29/2018 Ryan & Friends Fishers, IN Saxony Fields at Witten Park Saxony Fields at Witten Park
06/15/2018 Mixtape (90s cover band) Bloomington, IN Bloomington Young Life Fundraiser Bloomington Young Life Fundraiser
06/10/2018 Ryan & Lauren Ahlwardt Carmel, IN Mercy Road Church Mercy Road Church
06/09/2018 Ryan & Lauren Ahlwardt Carmel, IN Mercy Road Church Mercy Road Church
06/03/2018 Ryan & Lauren Ahlwardt Indianapolis, IN Westlake Church of God Westlake Church of God
05/19/2018 Mixtape (90s cover band) Indianapolis, IN Leukemia & Lymphomy Society Gala Leukemia & Lymphomy Society Gala
04/29/2018 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
04/22/2018 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
04/22/2018 Ryan Avon, IN Echo Church Echo Church
04/15/2018 Ryan & Lauren Ahlwardt Indianapolis, IN Westlake Church of God Westlake Church of God
04/15/2018 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
04/12/2018 Ryan - emceeing Bloomington, IN IU Accounting Alumni & Friends Gala IU Accounting Alumni & Friends Gala
04/08/2018 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
04/06/2018 Mixtape (90s cover band) Lafayette, IN Private corporate show Private corporate show
04/01/2018 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
03/25/2018 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
03/18/2018 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
03/11/2018 Ryan (acoustic) Indianapolis, IN People's Church People's Church
03/11/2018 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
03/03/2018 Ryan (acoustic) Carmel, IN The Ritz Charles The Ritz Charles
02/23/2018 Mixtape (90s cover band) Zionsville, IN Private fundraiser Private fundraiser
02/18/2018 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
02/11/2018 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
02/04/2018 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
02/04/2018 Ryan & Lauren Ahlwardt Indianapolis, IN Westlake Church of God Westlake Church of God
01/28/2018 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
01/26/2018 Mixtape Fishers, IN Britton Tavern Britton Tavern
01/21/2018 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
01/14/2018 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
01/07/2018 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
12/31/2017 Ryan Indianapolis, IN People's Church People's Church
12/31/2017 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
12/24/2017 Radio Theology Indianapolis 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
12/17/2017 Ryan Carmel, IN Hope City Church Hope City Church
12/17/2017 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
12/15/2017 Mixtape Indianapolis, IN Private Party Private Party
12/10/2017 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
12/03/2017 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
12/02/2017 Ryan & Lauren Fishers, IN Private Party Private Party
11/26/2017 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
11/19/2017 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
11/12/2017 Ryan leads worship Carmel, IN Hope City Church Hope City Church
11/12/2017 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
11/07/2017 Ryan & Lauren Online LIVE on StageIt LIVE on StageIt
11/05/2017 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
10/29/2017 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
10/22/2017 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
10/21/2017 Mixtape Muncie, IN Ball State Univ. Ball State Univ.
10/20/2017 Mixtape Indianapolis, IN The LakeHouse at Geist The LakeHouse at Geist
10/15/2017 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
10/15/2017 Ryan & Lauren Carmel, IN Mercy Road Church Mercy Road Church
10/14/2017 Ryan & Lauren Carmel, IN Mercy Road Church Mercy Road Church
10/14/2017 Mixtape Lebanon, IN Private Party Private Party
10/08/2017 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
10/01/2017 Radio Theology Indianapolis, IN 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
09/24/2017 Radio Theology Indianapolis 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
09/23/2017 Mixtape Indianapolis Private Private
09/17/2017 Radio Theology Indianapolis 99.5 WZPL 99.5 WZPL
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