La Jolla, CA
Describing the sound of Farrow, as “blue-eyed soul” would be a simplistic definition, but a misnomer: although what he brings to the party possesses an urban edge, the music is inclusive, framed with undeniable shades of pop, classic R&B, and gospel. As a songwriter and vocalist, Farrow mirrors his instinctive artistry with an intriguing intensity. “If someone’s playing me something, I want it to have that ‘jump in your face make your heart stop, make your brain tingle’ thing,” he explains. “It doesn’t have to be crazy; it can be just piano and a voice that jumps out at you.”
Given the fire in his voice, it’s no surprise that church music was an early endeavor. By age 12, Farrow was adapting pop hits into the gospel idiom and performing with sacred ensembles and choirs. In college, he devoted time to athletics until he was sidelined by a concussion. He draws a clear correlation between sports and music. “Most athletes who stand out do things involving their own instincts. Instinct correlates with art.”
Born under the name Ryan Reza Farhood, Farrow grew up in the social incubator that is Southern California, a polyglot of heritages enriched Farrow: Cuban and Puerto Rican on his mother’s side and Persian on his father’s. The sound he heard at home, however, was the old school artistry of Motown: Marvin Gaye and the soul greats as well as Latin and Persian music.
Later on in his life a chance encounter would give Farrow an unprecedented opportunity to learn first hand from one of the principal architects of that sound, the great songwriter and producer Brian Holland, of Holland-Dozier-Holland. “When I write, I free style it,” avows Farrow, “I relate to Brian in that he has the whole song in his head when walks into the room, and tells everyone what to play. When I go into the room, I have my entire song written and I perform it acapella. Sometimes I get the vision; I’ll hear a beat in the club matching what I want to do. A pen and paper make me over think the song instead of just letting the melody flow.”
Like the classic songwriters who inspire him, Farrow’s hook-rich songs revolve around themes of love. “Love hurts, love is pain, but love is what it is,” he says. “I’m a one woman man, and I want to find a woman who can handle my idiosyncrasies; a girl who can tell me how she feels, and what she wants.” “Tell me how? How much do you really need in your life? Cause all I need is you. Your more than enough so tell me baby. Am I more than enough for you?” – “Tell Me”
Fate finally reunited Farrow with his long time friend and NYC based Producer/Songwriter/Multi_Instrumentalist “Gaetano Lattanzi”, CEO of Caelum Entertainment who Farrow inked a deal with. Along with guidance from Gaetano’s partner and long time veteran of the music industry and gold album, award winning music producer/musician/songwriter/engineer “Lee Evans (LeRoi Evans)”.
Farrow’s latest album FarrowTONE shows how diverse his sound and style truly is. Every song has its own personality and eclectic sound showing Farrow’s international appeal and ability to reach a broader audience. Melding a spare, urban edge to the classic song craft; the ideal framework for Farrow’s gripping vocals. “I write the lyrics myself,” he confirms. “I believe when you are expressing your own words, that expression will come out in your voice.”
Born under the sign of double Scorpio, Farrow is an artist whose commitment is a tangible force. Like many who make their mark in the music business, the path he’s walked hasn’t always been a smooth one, but every hard-earned milestone up to this point has confirmed his purpose and his vision. “Instead of having these producers trying to make me who I am, I walk into the room and say, ‘Listen, this is who I am; are you vibing it?’ I don’t hide anything. People have to understand the intensity of me.”