Ruth-Anne Cunningham

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Ruth-Anne Cunningham (born 2 April 1985) is an Irish singer-songwriter. She is best known for co-writing "Too Little Too Late", performed by the American singer JoJo, "In the Name of Love" performed by Martin Garrix and Bebe Rexha, "Work Bitch" performed by Britney Spears, "Slow Hands" performed by Niall Horan, "Where Do Broken Hearts Go", "No Control" performed by One Direction and "Beautiful World" performed by Westlife. She also wrote and vocally features on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack with her song "Pray". She also has uncredited vocals for the Avicii song, "All You Need is Love", in Avicii's True album

On 23 March 2018, Cunningham released her own debut single "The Vow", followed by "Take My Place" on 11 May. Her third single "Liquid" was released on 10 August. "It Is What It Is", co-written with Fraser T Smith, was released on 23 November, in anticipation for her album release in 2019.


Cunningham is from Donaghmede, Ireland.[1] She has been signed to Sony ATV since May 2010 as a songwriter and producer.[2] Her interest in performing began at the age of seven, when she participated in a karaoke contest. At age 12, Cunningham enrolled in the Billy Barry Stage School, and had formed a girl band by age 16.[1]

When Cunningham was 17, Eamonn Maguire, her manager at the time, brought her to the US where she co-wrote JoJo's hit single "Too Little Too Late" with Billy Steinberg and Josh Alexander. It went from number 66 to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in just one week in America. She was awarded the ASCAP Songwriters Best Pop Award at the 24th Annual ASCAP Pop Awards 2007 for "Too Little Too Late."[3]

In 2018, she won two more ASCAP awards for global hits "Slow Hands" by Niall Horan and "In The Name Of Love" by Martin Garrix.

On the 13 July 2018 Cunningham supported American-Canadian singer Alanis Morissette at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London on her International Tour.

On December 17, she performed in her home town Dublin at the Olympia Theatre supporting another Irish artist, Hozier.


She won an ASCAP Pop Award in 2007 for "Too Little Too Late."[4][5]



As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2008 "Take Me Away" 13 Non-album single

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2012 "Remedy"
(Professor Green featuring Ruth Anne)
26 18 At Your Inconvenience
2013 "Heart Attack"
(Major Look featuring RuthAnne)
Non-album single
2014 "Missing You"
(Cedric Gervais featuring Rooty)
2015 "Paper dolls"
(Rob Thomas featuring Rooty)
The great unknown
2016 "Love's Just a Feeling"
(Lindsey Stirling featuring Rooty)
Brave Enough
2017 "Pray"
(JRY featuring Rooty)
Fifty Shades Darker: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
2018 "15 Sleeps"
(KO:YU featuring RuthAnne)
Non-album single


  1. ^ a b "Ruth-Anne Cunningham: 'There's no booklet for writing pop hits'". The Irish Times. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  2. ^ "News & Events – Billie Barry Stage School, Dublin, Ireland". Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  3. ^ Ruth-Anne Cunningham receives ASCAP Pop Award!
  4. ^ Forum for Music in Ireland – Fóram don Cheol in Éirinn » Blog Archive » Stories Behind The Songs
  5. ^ 24th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards
  6. ^ a b Peak chart positions for singles and albums in Ireland:
  7. ^ Peak positions for singles in the UK:

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