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Ryan Hernandez

Ryan Hernandez
OK, so we’re going out on a limb. But Ryan Hernandez’s performances are something to behold, with a voice alternately bringing to mind Al Green’s soulfulness, Stevie Wonder’s emotional intensity and John Legend’s dulcet tones—not bad company for a 24-year-old self-taught musician from Sacramento. (He also plays acoustic guitar and piano and does it well.) By mixing old-school classics like “Let’s Get It On” with new-school pop/alternative, Hernandez is a hit with what he calls the “16 to 60 crowd,” performing regularly at Bistro 33 restaurants and other local venues.