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Composer and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Farish describes his music as "positive chillout," though his fusion of dance, electronica, and chill-out has earned him a following that spans the boundaries of genre. Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, Farish began taking music lessons and writing melodies when he was just four years of age. As a teenager, he studied music performance at Norfolk's Old Dominion University, and later studied music business at UCLA. In 2000, Farish began taking his music public by posting material on the website MP3.com; his music soon developed a loyal following, and in time he racked up 1.8 million downloads from the site. The same year, he also released his first album, In the Day, through a small independent label, and in 2004 he signed with EMI to release his breakthrough album Beautiful. Since then, Farish had produced a steady stream of albums and singles, establishing his own Rytone Entertainment label to give him full control over his marketing and distribution. Farish's career received a tremendous boost when the cable network The Weather Channel began using his music as part of their broadcasts; Farish's distinctive, soothing melodies became a staple of their Local on the 8's segment, his music was featured on the compilation album The Weather Channel Presents: The Best of Smooth Jazz, and Farish was commissioned to write the theme for the TWC's popular series Storm Stories. He has also licensed his music for use in a variety of television programs, motion pictures, commercials, and promotional films. In addition, he has worked with a number of other noted artists, including vocalist Donna Lewis and musician and producer Paul Hardcastle, and his collaboration with gospel vocal group Trin-I-Tee 5:7, "Listen," earned him a Dove Award in 2008 from the Gospel Music Association. And Farish's music is a frequent presence on YouTube; his song "Pacific Wind" accompanied a video created to pay homage to American soldiers fighting in Iraq which has received well over 30 millions views. ~ Mark Deming