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Kyle Riabko
Born September 29, 1987 (1987-09-29) (age 22)
Origin Saskatchewan, Canada
Genres Pop rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2003–present
Labels Okbair Ltd.
Aware/Columbia Records (2003–2008)
Website kyleriabko.com

Kyle Riabko (born 29 September 1987) is a Canadian pop singer, accomplished guitarist, and actor who was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He resides in New York City.

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Music career

Riabko has been performing since the age of 10. At age 12, he toured Eastern Canada as part of the band Bluesway Express.[1] He began his international music career during his junior year of high school when he toured with John Mayer, Buddy Guy, and Jason Mraz, among others. He was signed to Aware/Columbia Records in 2003 on a five-year contract.

His full-length album Before I Speak was released 19 April 2005, just a few months before his high school graduation. He wrote each song on the album. Riabko played guitar and bass for the recording along with backing from former Prince drummer Michael Bland and former Grapes of Wrath keyboardist Vince Jones. Both Liz Phair and Robert Randolph appear on the album contributing guest vocals. Before I Speak was co-produced by Riabko with Matt Wallace and Chris Burke-Gaffney, who acts as Riabko's manager.

Most of the album's recording took place at Sound City in Los Angeles. The tracks "Before I Speak" and "Doesn't Get Much Better" were recorded in Riabko's bedroom at his parents' home just prior to the completion of the album. Three singles were released from the album: "Carry On", "Do You Right", and "What Did I Get Myself Into".

Prior to the release of Before I Speak, a six-track EP was released which includes two songs that are not found on the full-length album: "Estrogen" and "I Don't Know".

In March 2007, Riabko released The Duo EP: Volume 1, a six-track disc recorded with Dylan Hermiston featuring what Riabko describes as a "deeper, more experimental sound."

In September 2007, he joined Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers on tour to replace Chris Soucy as second guitarist.

Riabko released a three-song EP, Song For Amanda: The EP, the title track of which he claims was written for actress Amanda Bynes. In a YouTube video and on a special website [1] as part of the EP's promotion, Riabko asked his fans to spread the song and video to friends in hopes it would one day land in the hands of the actress.

Kyle Riabko and Boots Factor from Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers collaborated on a side project called Trevor Jackson, releasing a digital album.

In 2008, Kyle wrote 3 songs with Toronto singer-songwriter Basia Lyjak. The first, "Don't Talk," has since been released with a video. The second, "What It Feels Like" was released June 19th, 2009 at the Hard Rock Cafe during Basia's NXNE showcase.

On September 15, 2008 Kyle Riabko released The Parkdale Sessions Riabko's first full-length record released by Kyle's record label, Okbair Ltd. The album features 10 tracks, including two from his run in the Broadway show, Spring Awakening.

Acting career

Riabko appeared in season four of Instant Star as Milo, an Instant Star contestant. The season first aired June 2, 2008.

He replaced Jonathan Groff in the Broadway production of the musical Spring Awakening, in the lead role of Melchior Gabor, on May 23, 2008. He left the Broadway production to join the national tour on August 2, 2008, and he was replaced by Weeds star Hunter Parrish.[2] After reprising the role on the national tour with Broadway costar Blake Bashoff for almost a year, he left the production on June 28, 2009. [3] The 2009 television documentary Kyle Riabko: The Lead, by filmmaker Jeff Newman, follows Riabko from Toronto to New York City as he takes on the lead in Spring Awakening.[4]

Philanthropy

Riabko has lent his talents to support various charitable causes. In 2005, Kyle took part in the Next Generation Rainforest Foundation Benefit [2] helping to support the rights of the native people living in rainforests. Kyle also took part in 2006's Song for Africa [3], a benefit project for AIDS in Africa.

Discography

  • "The Parkdale Sessions" (2008)
  • Song For Amanda: The EP (Digital Only) (2008)
  • The Duo EP: Volume One (2007)
  • Before I Speak (2005)
  • The EP (2004)
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Singles

  • "Carry On" (2004)

Filmography

  • "Kyle Riabko: The Lead" - a documentary that aired on BravoCA on Kyle's tenure in Spring Awakening (TV) (2009)
  • Instant Star (TV) (2008)
  • Chicago Blues Reunion: Buried Alive in the Blues

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