A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Ryan Kilgore has been playing the soulful sounds of the saxophone since age 10. Being a fourth-generation sax player is just one of the many milestones Ryan has come to accomplish over his musical career.
After playing in the band for four years at Southwest DeKalb High School, Ryan went on to attend Clark Atlanta University and was the first freshman to become drum major, as well as proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America Inc. Ryan’s musical inspiration came from his grandfather, Ester Betterson, who was not only in love with music, but also bought Ryan’s first horn.
Before joining Sol Factor in 2003, Ryan played on the Fighting Temptations soundtrack with vocalist Faith Evans, on the song titled “Heaven Knows”, as well as performed on the Walt Disney movie “Country Bears”. He then continued to work with legendary producers/writers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis as well as toured with the phenomenal Stevie Wonder for a decade. Ryan is also no stranger to the film industry.
He has made cameo appearances in 20th Century Fox’s” Drumline”, Paramount Pictures’ “Fighting Temptations”, and Tyler Perry’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”. The feelings that he can’t express verbally, he can express through his smooth sounds of “Saxuality.” Ryan is an exceptional saxophone player who strives to instill in all people the importance of music’s role in the enrichment of the human spirit.