Home to such talented vocalists as Mariah Carey, Billy Joel and Debbie Gibson, finding the best singer on Long Island is a tall task, to say the least. But there certainly are worse things to be famous for as a region than having too many talented and gifted songsters to choose from as a favorite.
Long Islanders Voted Ryan Star the Best Singer from Long Island!
With a surname like Star, how can he not be on this list? Ryan is no stranger to the Best of L.I. list, having been crowned a winner in several categories in the last few years. This LI-bred singer became an indie success with his album Songs From the Eye of an Elephant. Star continued the streak, signing with Atlantic Records and becoming a regular on the aptly titled TV show Rockstar. We’re amazed at how the crooner has remained so adorably humble.Case in point—Ryan’s Twitter: “Rockin out at my grandpa’s senior center on Long Island. Really fun. Good crowd.” A rock star who hangs out with his Gramps? Swoon.
Second Place - Ed Ryan, www.ed-ryan.com
Ever since the start of his career, Ed Ryan has been praised as being one of the best singer/songwriters on Long Island. He has been in numerous successful bands and taken the crown at many music competitions. Ed even made his mark on the comedy world, holding his own while sharing the stage with such acts as Ray Romano and Kevin James. Whether it’s performing with a band or doing stand-up, one thing is for sure, whatever stage Ed Ryan graces, he’ll take it for all it’s worth.
Third Place - Nina Tolins, www.ninaninanina.com
Nina Tolins seems to have done it all already: she won the Billboard World Song Contest, she’s a top artist not only in New York but in Japan as well, and she’s been featured on off-Broadway and cable television productions. This girl’s pipes even blew Patti LaBelle away when the legendary singer called her up onstage to sing a song; you know you have to be talented if Patti LaBelle is admiring your vocal chords.