Ryan Pierce, guitarist and bass, is a member of the Emmanuel Quartet, a group that had its beginnings when Tim Reutebuch and Joey Davis began singing together in a male quartet at Highland Academy in Tennessee. A more recent member, he has enjoyed participating in a quartet that sings religious music with a cappella barbershop-style harmony.
Pierce, born and raised in central Illinois, was surrounded by music from his earliest years. His father was a piano tuner, and Ryan's earliest musical experience was in taking piano lessons. That early exposure, along with singing and playing music in church as a child and later participating in band and choir in high school, created a lifelong love of music. Although presently his instrument of choice is guitar, he still finds fulfillment in playing piano and singing.
Pierce, his wife, JoElle, and their three sons reside in Ooltewah, Tennessee.
Sources: The Emmanuel Quartet website; Information provided by Ryan Pierce.