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HALF A LIFE LATER, HER CAREER COOKS.

It's taken Kelley Ryan nearly half her life to finally break into the music business.

The 38-year-old Ryan, one-half of the new band astroPuppees, brought her guitar and her passion for music when she moved 19 years ago from Portland, Ore., to L.A., but the closest she got to a career in the biz was working as a gofer at a publishing shop.

Luck and perseverance has changed all that as Ryan and Maureen ```Mo''' Serrao celebrate the release of their first album, ``You Win the Bride'' (Hightone) tonight at the Martini Lounge in Hollywood. (The party starts at 7:30 p.m., the show at 8:30 and there's no cover charge.)

``I never really had a band before,'' said Ryan. ``I was playing some solo gigs in the '80s, but back then the girl-with-guitar thing just wasn't cutting it.''

Frustrated, the pair followed different passions two years ago. Ryan went to cooking school, Serrao to pastry school. Eight months later, with a degree in cooking, Ryan came back to Hollywood and worked on the tapes again. She sent a copy to old friend and mixer Don Dixon, which resulted in the record.

``We worked really hard on this, but it was also fun,'' Ryan says.
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Title Annotation:L.A. LIFE
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Nov 21, 1996
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