Ryann Donnelly

Ryann Donnelly

Donnelly in 2009
Background information
Born 1986 (age 2930)[1]
Genres Horror punk, Shock rock, Death metal, Pop music
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Years active 1997-Present
Labels Stolen Transmission, The Control Group, The Lonely Hearts Singles Club
Associated acts Schoolyard Heroes, Blood Cells, Weekend, Aiden, The Fall Of Troy

Ryann Donnelly is a horror punk, shock rock and dance/pop songwriter and vocalist.

Ryann was born in Olympia, Washington, and moved to Seattle, Washington after attending Charles Wright Academy. With fellow class members Jonah Bergman and Steve Bonnell, Ryann formed the band Schoolyard Heroes, which won acclaim after winning second place at the Experience Music Project's Sound Off! Competition. Their debut album was "The Funeral Sciences", and their second album "Fantastic Wounds" was a cult hit. In 2007 Schoolyard Heroes released Abominations, for which two music videos were made.[2] Abominations received generally poisitive reviews from music critics.[3][4] The band announced their break up on November 20, 2009.[5]

Ryann started a similar band, "Blood Cells" with Jonah Bergman and two new members in early 2010.[6][7] After only a few shows together, Ryann left the band and moved to New York, where she now produces pop music through her own label "The Lonely Hearts Singles Club." Ryann played similar pop music with Mark Gajadhar, drummer of The Blood Brothers as the duo "Weekend".[8]

Musically, Ryann has expressed influences from singers such as Courtney Love and Madonna.[9]


  1. Roger Holland (2005-06-20). "American Teenage Rock 'n' Roll Machine". PopMatters. Archived from the original on May 11, 2009. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  2. Hannah Levin (2007-10-12). "Schoolyard Heroes Bleed to the Brink of Stardom". Seattle Weekly. Archived from the original on 13 August 2012. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  3. Blake Solomon (2007-09-10). "Schoolyard Heroes - Abominations". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  4. "Abominations - Schoolyard Heroes". Three Imaginary Girls. 2007-09-13. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  5. Megan Seling (2009-11-20). "R/I/P/S/Y/H". The Stranger. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  6. "Post-Punk Pop Princess (&Total Peach): Ryann Donnelly". Seattle Peach. 2010-04-11. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  7. "New Band: BLOOD CELLS - SCHOOLYARD HEROES's MySpace Blog". Myspace. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  8. Chris Kornelis (2010-05-17). "Schoolyard's Ryann Donnelly Splits With Blood Cells, Headed to Grad School in New York". Seattle Weekly. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  9. Paige Richmond (2010-06-26). "Q&A: Ryann Donnelly Talks About Leaving Seattle". Seattle Weekly. Archived from the original on 8 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
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