Ryan Ellis' "Need" Encourages Us to Be Personal with Jesus

Ryan Ellis

Singer, songwriter and worship leader Ryan Ellis encourages us to get personal with Jesus on his brand new single "Need." Ellis is best known for his songwriting and he has written songs for Matt Redman, Natalie Grant, Meredith Andrews, Steven Malcolm, House Fires, and more. He also wrote Chris Tomlin's "Resurrection Power," earning him a GMA Dove Award nomination and ASCAP's "Most Performed Song" award in 2018. 

You can download/stream the song HERE.

"`Need' to me is just vibing with the Lord. There's so much formality behind religion - and this song is just a cry for people to break down that wall a little more. Be personal with Jesus - talk to him when you're called to, and let the pressure go .. That's what it's all about.This is one of my favorite songs I've ever written .. and I hope it's been a part of your week." 

He shares, "I'm a devoted husband and father first. I have a deep love for Jesus and the way that songs draw people in to experience Him, to be inspired and encouraged, and ultimately to let them know that they are loved. Music is the language that everyone can understand, and it's all I know how to do."

Prior to partnering with Provident, the San Diego native spent five years serving in the U.S. Navy, including a tour of duty in Afghanistan, yet his gift for artistry had him singing and dancing since childhood. Honing his skills to becoming a founding member of the original Jabbawockeez hip-hop dance crew, it was when he had a personal encounter with Jesus that his life changed and led him to become the Worship Pastor at Isla Vista Upper Room and overseeing Isla Vista Worship.

He eventually released the EP's Live from the Upper Room II and Kingdom Glory, and in 2019 he dropped a dual album release Lyfe and Rysponse, both a challenge and invitation to listeners to be candid about the struggle yet stand firm in the truth and promises of God. With millions of online streams and a growing amount of listeners, there is no denying the integrity and sincerity found in the songs of Ryan Ellis isn't falling on deaf ears. 

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