ADAPTING to life on the road as a country singer has been a seamless transition for a former boy-band front man who scored three top 10 UK hits and appearances on Top of the Pops.
Derek Ryan, with his youthful good looks, sun-kissed blonde hair and sharp suits is whipping up a frenzy amongst the scores of fans who are dancing to his tunes across the country.
The County Carlow singer songwriter who has been pivotal in the new found attractiveness of country music amongst younger people who are flocking to the sound of the steel guitar and fiddle in their droves comes to the Royal Hotel, Cookstown this Friday night. With over 200 live appearances since his debut last May, Derek is helping to make country cool, particularly amongst the 21-25 year old bracket.
At 17 Derek was catapulted in to a fulltime music career by becoming lead singer with five-piece Dublin band D-Side and a recording contract with Warner Music leading to the release of three albums produced by such heavyweights as Desmond Child and Harvey Mason Jr. who were responsible for many of the hits of Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson.
During this period Derek’s musical travels took him to Sweden, Germany and a sell out theatre tour and number one single in Japan in 2005.
Derek’s crystal vocals are matched by his song writing ability having composed seven tracks on his debut cd ‘A Mother’s Son’. His most successful song to date is his self-penned gospel single ‘God’s Plan’ which received song of the year.