A native of New Albany, Indiana, Ryan Marsh began playing the piano by ear when he was four years old, and continued to learn other instruments throughout his childhood. He grew up listening to artists such as Stevie Wonder, and was later strongly influenced by Neo-Soul and R&B singers such as Musiq Soulchild and Maxwell. After discovering his smooth and soulful voice in high school, Marsh quickly found his place in the realm of soul music. A part of the music scene in Louisville, Kentucky, Ryan began writing pop songs that used the textures and colors of jazz and R&B styles. In addition to his role as a solo artist, he also produces and performs with his duo-group The Free Soul Effect, and is a co-producer for the song "Remember Home" by Sebastian Kole and Alessia Cara.