Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Derek Ryan Life Story Interview New Album UK Tour 2015…..
From the age of twelve Derek Ryan had showbiz aspirations in his DNA.
From his first foray into the music scene performing regularly at socials with his brother Adrian as the Ryan Brothers right through to a pop career with an international band he has now become one of today’s biggest Irish Country artists.
Having grown up in Garyhill near Carlow town in Ireland, Derek was bred into loving Irish traditional music by his family, attending fleadh ceoils on a regular basis with his Father.
His hugely uplifting sound has caught the imagination of people around the world.
Enjoy an Exclusive interview with Alex Belfield & Ryan from 2015:
Joining a boy band called D-Side in 2001 Derek had success with them achieving a number one in Japan as well as numerous top 10 hits in Ireland, UK, France, Germany and China.
After his time in D-side, Derek returned to Ireland in September 2009, after several years of gigging on the London function scene. Derek took time to consider many offers that were coming his way.
Unable to shake off the sounds that resonated from his Mother’s kitchen radio, Derek got hooked on Nashville greats; like Brooks, Jackson and Strait and so the plans were laid to go for it.
Derek’s love and passion for country are best measured in his song writing ability as was seen in his debut single ‘God’s Plan’ which received enormous airplay and a deafening call from fans to get on the road to play his hits live. From that moment Derek rarely has a day off, travelling across Ireland playing in crowded Irish dance halls and most recently performing at sell out concerts in England and Scotland.
Derek’s most recent album, “The Simple Things” topped the Irish charts, overtaking some big names for the top spot. The album includes hit singles “Flowers In Your Hair” and “Hold On To Your Hat” featuring Sharon Shannon.
Sharon Shannon is well known for her many different musical collaborations ranging from Shane Mac Gowan of The Pogues to Imelda May, not to forget her number one hit “Galway Girl” with Steve Earle.
His rise to stardom on the country scene has been phenomenal and there are few country stars who can claim to have made such an impact in just over four years.
Not only has Derek’s concert tour this year sold out in venues across the country, he recently took home not one, but two awards this week from the ceremony, held by Ireland’s biggest selling newspaper, The Sunday World.
Derek was awarded with “Entertainer of the Year” and “Album of the Year” for his number one album, ‘The Simple Things’.
Interview recorded by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio 27th Feb 2015.