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Bianca Ryan

Bianca Ryan is the second of five children of Shawn and Janette Ryan. Her father, a fan of The Rolling Stones, named her after Mick Jagger's ex-wife. She has an older brother, Shawn, and three younger siblings, Isabella, Jagger and Evangelina. Ryan is "mostly" Irish and calls herself a mix of Japanese, Irish, Italian, German and Cherokee. "I'm basically just America ... the melting pot."

Ryan's singing talent came as something of a surprise to her family, given that she was an award-winning tap dancer as a child. Ryan said she did not even attempt singing until she was eight years old and started enjoying LeAnn Rimes and country music. Shawn Ryan started sharing his record collection with his daughter, and Bianca "fell in love" with rhythm and blues and soul music. She convinced him to take her to an audition for Star Search, where her performance of "Think" impressed the judges and shocked her father. "I'd never heard her sing like that." During the Junior Singers competition, Bianca Ryan lost to Spensha Baker. Ryan later won Amateur Kids Night on Showtime at the Apollo.

Ryan has sung the Star-Spangled Banner for several professional sports teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Knicks.

Bianca Taylor Ryan (born September 1, 1994) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ryan was the first winner of NBC's America's Got Talent at the age of eleven. She auditioned for Talent in 2006 and "blew away" with her big voice. Singing two Broadway show tunes along the way, Ryan was announced as the winner of season one on August 17. Her eponymous first album was released later in 2006, followed by two Christmas albums. Two singles followed in 2007 and 2010; within the next several months, she made guest appearances in music videos by The Wrecking and Lifehouse. The video for her first new single in four years, a cover of the John Legend song "All of Me", was posted to her YouTube channel in March 2014.

In 2012, Ryan joined the cast of the independent film We Are Kings. She portrays one of "two down and out teen musicians who are guided by an angel to an ancient bluesman [half-frozen] in a blizzard." Kings premiered in September 2014, and her video for the single "Broken Down House" was released in October.

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