Michael James Ryan aka Busbee

Michael James Ryan Bio

Michael James Ryan was a 43 years old American songwriter. He was professionally famed as Busbee, has died on 29 September 2019.

Michael James Ryan was born on 18 June 1976 and died on 29 September 2019. He has died at the age of 43. Busbee had diagnosed with glioblastoma, a brain cancer, during the summer of 2019, which later became the cause of his death.


Busbee was born in Walnut Creek, California. He began playing music when he was seven years old, living in Los Angeles with his family.

He later wrote and produced music, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Busbee had written songs for artists including Pink, Gwen Stefani, Keith Burban, Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson.

Busbee’s Career

He described his musical influences as being split between his father’s country music classic taste, including Willie Nelson and Hank Williams, his sister’s heavy metal tastes and his interests in jazz. Busbee said he studied jazz at university saying, I was totally on the jazz trajectory.

That was my paradigm for all things music. During an interview in 2011 with Hit Quarters, Busbee said that he moved to Los Angeles to get involved in the music business in 2000. Initially, Busbee worked with Third Eye Blind and Queens of the Stone Age alongside producer Eric Valentine.

Busbee said, At that time I didn’t know I was a songwriter. I just wanted to make a living in the music industry.

He went on to say that he didn’t become a full-time songwriter until 2006 when he began travelling to Nashville work with country music stars. He referred to his 2009 song, Summer Nights by Rascal Flatts as his breakthrough song. Busbee said that his dream artist to work with would be Beyonce.


Michael James Busbee  Wife, Children

The entertainment trade magazine adds that Busbee’s wife had recently given birth to his third child, a baby girl. In total, the singer had three daughters.

In another interview with the Los Angeles Times in Feb 2017, Busbee relayed that despite his connection to country music, he and his family had not moved full time to Nashville.

He said of living in Los Angeles; We love our life here. In his Rolling Stone feature, Busbee told of his family, I’m from California and used to play jazz trombone. I woke up a certain amount of tears later, and I have an amazing wife and two beautiful girls, and I get to write songs for a living? I’m like, whose life did I hijack.

Michael James Ryan (Busbee) Net Worth

Busbee’s net worth is $100K-$1M (Approx). He was a successful Grammy-nominated hit songwriter and producer who began playing music when he was seven years old and has worked with a broad range of artists including Gwen Stefani, Pink, Maren Morris, Timbaland featuring Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Jon Bellion, Kelly Clarkson, and Lady Antebellum. Likely, he did well financially.

Michael James Ryan (Busbee) Death and Cause

Michael James Ryan Busbee died on 29 September 2019. He has died at the age of 43. Busbee diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer.



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