Derek Ryan (singer)

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Derek Ryan
Derek Ryan Country Soul.jpg
Derek Ryan (photo credits, Colin Price)
Background information
Born (1983-08-24) August 24, 1983 (age 35)
Garryhill, County Carlow, Ireland
GenresCountry and Irish, Pop
Instrumentsvocals, guitar
Years active2001–present
LabelsSharpe Music
Associated actsD-Side

Derek Ryan (born 24 August 1983) is an Irish singer. He was born in Garryhill, County Carlow, Ireland, is a Country and Irish singer, and previously a pop singer as part of Irish boy band D-Side (2001–2006). He has also established his own production house and label, Ryan Records


From the age of twelve, Derek Ryan had musical aspirations performing regularly at social events with his brother Adrian as the Ryan Brothers. Having grown up in Garyhill near Carlow town, Derek was bred into loving Irish traditional music by his family. Derek took part in fleadh ceoils and became a winner of two all-Ireland titles in both bodhrán and ceili drumming.

In D-Side[edit]

At the age of 17, he joined the boy band, D-Side,[1] alongside Shane Creevey, Derek Moran, Damien Bowe and Dane Guiden. D-Side became a trio when Bowe and Guiden both left for personal reasons. The debut single "Stronger Together" was a hit in Ireland. The band had three other Top 10 singles in the UK and Ireland, "Speechless", "Invisible" and "Real World". The band was also popular in Japan. It disbanded in 2006 after three studio albums, Stronger Together (2004), Gravity (2005) and Unbroken (2006). They were nominated for several Meteor Awards, "Real World" went multi-platinum in Ireland, and three became Top 10 hits in the UK. Live television appearances included Top of the Pops, GMTV and The Late Late Show along with a sell-out theatre tour and number one single in Japan in 2005.

Solo career[edit]

Ryan turned solo since 2006 and changed his genre of music from pop to a singer of Country and Irish, performing both his own compositions and traditional songs.[2]

After the demise of D-side, he spent a few years gigging on the London scene, returning to Ireland in 2009. Having studied accounting for two years, he also started writing his first songs. Following many competition victories including "A Song for Carlow" and the "International Song of Peace" and album cuts for various artists in Ireland and abroad, he was offered a publishing deal with the well regarded DWB music in Surrey, UK. He collaborated with writers in Britain and Nashville, Tennessee. His writing ability was seen in his debut hit "God's Plan" that received considerable airplay and used in Irish dance halls and in sell-out concerts in England and Scotland. It has since been recorded by Daniel O'Donnell. Ryan formed a five-piece band and released five albums. His debut album was A Mother's Son followed by Made of Gold, Dreamers and Believers and Country Soul, the latter making it to the Top 10 of Irish albums chart in October 2013. His 2014 album The Simple Things and 2015 album One Good Night both made it to number 1 in Irish albums chart. Popular songs by Ryan include "It's Friday", "Welcome Home (The Gathering)", "100 Numbers" and "Hold on to Your Hat". In 2016, he embarked on the This Is Me tour and is due to release two albums almost simultaneously. This Is Me (full title This Is Me: The Nashville Songbook) was released on 14 October 2016, followed by Happy Man on 21 October 2016.

Ryan Records[edit]

Derek Ryan established his production house and record label Ryan Records. The Irish country artist Ben Troy is the first artist to be signed on the label. On March 24, 2017, Ryan Records released Troy's debut album Gravity.



as part of D-Side[edit]

(For a full listing and peak positions, see D-Side discography)

  • 2004: Stronger Together
  • 2005: Gravity
  • 2006: Unbroken

Solo studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions[3] Track list
2010 A Mother's Son
2011 Made of Gold
2012 Dreamers and Believers 94
2013 Country Soul 10
2014 The Simple Things 1
2015 One Good Night 1
2016 This Is Me (The Nashville Songbook) 8
Happy Man 7
2017 The Fire 13
2018 Ten 54

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions[3] Track list
2014 The Entertainer – Live 5


  • 2014: The Entertainer – Live


as part of D-Side[edit]

(selective. For a full listing and peak positions, see D-Side discography)

  • 2002: "Stronger Together"
  • 2003: "Speechless"
  • 2003: "Invisible"
  • 2004: "Real World"
  • 2004: "Pushin' Me Out"


Year Single Peak positions Album
2006 "The Red, Yellow and Green" 20 The Mother's Son
2010 "God's Plan"  –
2012 "It's Friday"  – Dreamers and Believers
2013 "100 Numbers"  – Country Soul
"Wake Me Up" 84
2014 "Hold on to Your Hat"
(feat. Sharon Shannon)
42 The Simple Things

Other singles / videos[edit]

  • 2010: "Belle of Liverpool
  • 2012: "Life Is a River"
  • 2012: "Write Me a Letter"
  • 2013: "Better Days Are Coming"
  • 2014: "Raggle Taggle Gypsy"
  • 2014: "Pick a Bale of Cotton"
  • 2015: "I Fought the Law"
  • 2015: "Shut Up and Dance"
  • 2015: "Bendigo"
  • 2015: "Break Your Heart"
  • 2015: "Waltz With a Hero"
  • 2016: "Firefly"
  • 2016: "Won't Ya Come Down (To Yarmouth Town)"
  • 2016: "You're Only Young Once"
  • 2017: "This Is Me"
  • 2017: "Sixty Years Ago"
  • 2018: "Honey, Honey" (with Lisa McHugh)
  • 2018: "Down On Your Uppers"
  • 2018: "Ya Can't Stay Here"


  1. ^ "A Man with a Plan: Derek Ryan | RSVP MagazineRSVP Magazine". 2 June 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Former boy band star turned country singer for Caffrey's – Plus – Roundup – Articles – Meath Chronicle". Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b c
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  5. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 16 November 2018". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 17 November 2018.

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