Ryan Meagher (pronounced Marr) is a jazz guitarist and composer who grew up in San Jose, California. His teenage years were split between taking ground balls and hitting soft-toss on ball fields with stomping on distortion pedals and kicking over mic stands in garage band rehearsals. He launched his international reputation in New York City in 2003 after completing his bachelor of music degree at San Diego State University. During his years in New York, he released his debut jazz album Sun Resounding, followed by his second album entitled Atroefy on Fresh Sound New Talent Records (FSNT). His third album Tone, also on FSNT, was created while he was splitting time between graduate studies at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and New York City.