Ryo Okumoto was born in Osaka, Japan. He began playing classical piano at the age of three and continued through 13. He became a professional musician at the age of 15 performing at the Live House in Osaka for a year. Because of his great desire to learn more about different styles of music and his strong independence, he moved to Tokyo at the age of 16. Ryo performed in nightclubs and discos for the next five years.
Ryo’s first real break started in 1978 when he was 19. He toured with a well-known group called “Creation” and recorded on their album “Best of Creation.” The next year Ryo toured with the legendary, Kitaro and recorded on their album, “Live in Parco.”
In February of 1980, Ryo’s first solo album, “Solid Gold” with Canyon Records was released. He recorded this album at Air Studio in London with well-known musicians: Richard Baily (drummer for Jeff Beck), Kuma Takeda (bass), Katsutoshi Morizono (guitar) and Delandro Winston (guitarist for Elton John).
Two months later in April, Ryo released his second solo album, “Makin’ Rock” with Canyon Records. This album was recorded at Sound Labs Studios in Hollywood. He once again had the best musicians recording behind him: David Foster (keyboards), Jay Graydon (guitar), Steve Lukather (guitar), Jeff Porcaro (drums) and Neil Stubenhaus (bass).
1 Keep On Rockin’ (Ryo Okumoto, Jay Graydon) 3:57 2 Crystal Highway (Jeffrey Porcaro, Steve Lukather, David Foster) 3:48 3 Solid Gold (Ryo Okumoto, Jay Graydon) 4:15 4 L.A. Express (Ryo Okumoto) 5:59 5 Freedom (Ryo Okumoto) 6:42 6 Original View (Jeffrey Porcaro, Steve Lukather, David Foster) 6:25 7 Mystery White (Ryo Okumoto) 4:23 8 Morning Joint (Ryo Okumoto) 1:13