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“I had a dream that I died unexpectedly,” he begins, “right around the time the record was being mixed. And I woke up laughing because, in the dream, as I was dying, the only thing I was thinking about was, ‘Oh, shit. What if no one gets to hear this music?’”

As fruitless as the stress-induced fever dreams of Ryan Courtney (otherwise known as Trenton) turned out to be, they were only a manifestation of what really drives him to write material in the first place: the desire to help others cope through music. And considering the Nashville songwriter’s rough past, the motive is only natural. “I’ve been through a lot of darkness,” he muses. “I think it’s safe to say I’ve been through more darkness than most 27 year old suburban-raised guys, yet I’ve somehow come out of it all still thankful for the things I’ve experienced. Music has helped heal me in so many different ways. I just want to be able to make songs that do the same for other people.” While Courtney’s two previous albums, Reasoning in Doubt (2010) and Dreamers (2013), earned him big name notoriety through lucrative television placement, his old material was always skimming the surface of a deeper emotion and maturity waiting to be reconciled. “It was just time to make a grown up record,” he admits. “I eventually got to the point where I realized that I could write songs that were a true and honest outpouring of where I was in life while still making an album that wasn’t completely hopeless and dark.” And with his new EP, Ghost Runner, Courtney did just that. Sparkling synths and lush, cinematic instrumentation play over heavy lyricism that masks melancholy with hope in a sound that is equally contemplative and blissful. Produced by Joshua D. Niles (Leagues, The Apache Relay), the 6-song EP has drawn comparisons to both Rufus Wainwright and M83 for Courtney’s emotive vocals and vibey synth arrangements. “This album was two years in the making,” Courtney finishes. “I’m just relieved that it finally gets to serve its purpose.”


“Penning a high-wire combination of dynamic anthem pop and mulled self-reflection, Courtney (as Trenton) builds a comfortable bridge between contemporaries M83 and Passion Pit, crafting an effortless chemical concoction of accessibility and a personable approach” - Matt Korman, The 405

“At his core, Trenton is a simply a strong songwriter, and one whose songs can surely hold up to any arrangement or instrumentation, both live and in-studio.” - Philip Obenschain, No Courtney For New Nashville

“There’s a misty, cloudy, blue vibe to his electro-lounge sounds, the couch Trenton seems destined for isn’t in a shrink’s office, but rather a fireplace-lit living room with a significant other sauntering over with a bottle of Cabernet.” - Eric Davidson, CMJ

“The song, "Show Me How," explodes with the soaring passion of M83, simmers with the forlorn heartache of Keane, and growls with the gloomy sentiment of The National. It’s a singular combo but a very powerful one, indeed.” - I Heart Moosiq

“Trenton's new record 'Ghost Runner,' slips into your subconscious when you’re listening, and the wall-of-sound pop melodies will involuntarily come out of you at random during the day..” Nashville Arts Magazine "

..a satisfying taste of a project that's equal parts expressive, subdued, and extraordinary." - Jason Scott, PopDust

“The brain child of singer/songwriter Ryan Courtney, consistently produces beautifully realized melancholy pop that would be right at home on radio or television -- in fact, they've already licensed a song to the ABC television series Brothers and Sisters.” - The Nashville Scene

“Courtney has created a synth-based masterpiece by expanding on his shoe-gaze, feel-as-if-you-are-floating sound.” - Break On A Cloud