Derek Ryan (singer)

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

Derek Ryan
Derek Ryan (photo credits, Colin Price)
Derek Ryan (photo credits, Colin Price)
Background information
Born (1983-08-24) 24 August 1983 (age 36)
Garryhill, County Carlow, Ireland
GenresCountry and Irish, Pop
Instrumentsvocals, guitar
Years active2001–present
LabelsSharpe Music
Associated actsD-Side


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. His father is a traditional singer of Irish and of country music. Derek took part in fleadh ceoils and became a winner of two all-Ireland titles in both bodhrán and ceili drumming.

In D-SideEdit

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 careerEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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-SideEdit

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

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

Solo studio albumsEdit

Year Album Peak positions[3] Track list
2010 A Mother's Son
1."The Belle of Liverpool"2:29
2."A Mother's Son"3:00
3."There Stands the Glass"2:23
4."Angel of the Night"3:11
5."God's Plan"3:41
6."Run to the Door"2:14
7."I Buy Her Roses"3:50
8."Ain't Love A Lot Like That"2:14
10."I Saw the Light"2:34
11."The Red, Yellow and Green"3:49
12."Broken-hearted Road"2:40
2011 Made of Gold
1."Kiss Me Mary"3:13
2."Just a Little Love"3:20
5."Home from the Sea"4:02
6."It's a Little Too Late"2:37
7."It's a Heartache"3:16
8."Early in the Morning"2:27
9."I'll Settle for Old Ireland"2:37
10."Silver Wings"3:40
11."Nothing Hurts Like a Heartache"2:40
12."You Waltzed Yourself"3:58
13."The Old Account"2:40
14."Irish Heart"4:38
2012 Dreamers and Believers 94
1."It's Friday"3:10
2."Dreamers and Believers"4:11
3."Galway To Graceland"3:51
4."I Got My Baby Back"3:04
5."Write Me a Letter"3:48
6."I'm Gonna Get You"2:33
7."It's a Heartache"3:35
8."Love's Gonna Live Here"2:45
9."Life Is a River"4:27
10."Dance With Me Tonight"2:57
11."I Can't Stop Loving You"3:56
12."Perfect Days"2:41
13."The Song of Donegal"3:13
14."Big Big Love"2:33
15."I Won't Let Go"3:46
2013 Country Soul 10
1."Country Soul"3:24
2."100 Numbers"2:51
3."Dancing in the Moonlight"3:14
4."Leave a Light on For Me"3:16
5."Better Times a Comin"2:42
6."To Be a Man"3:25
7."Wake Me Up"3:25
8."Welcome Home (The Gathering)"4:15
9."I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"4:03
10."Love Me Tonight (Turn Out the Lights)"2:43
11."The Long Way Home"3:05
12."Turn Me Loose"3:17
13."Raggle-Taggle Gypsy"2:58
14."If I Should Fall Behind"4:51
2014 The Simple Things 1
1."Hold On To Your Hat (feat. Sharon Shannon)"3:03
2."What Dancin's For"3:40
3."The Simple Things"3:25
4."I Fought the Law"2:52
5."Flowers In Your Hair"3:05
6."Waitin On A Sunny Day"4:25
7."The House That Jack Built"2:41
9."The Ferryman"3:08
10."Lightning Bolt"2:26
11."Walking After Midnight"3:03
12."Busking Balladeer"3:16
14."Pick a Bale of Cotton"2:47
15."Will Ye Go Oh Lassie Go"4:11
2015 One Good Night 1
1."One Good Night"3:59
4."The First Cut Is the Deepest"3:46
6."The Wrong Side of Sober (feat Roly Daniels)"2:56
7."Waltzing With a Hero"4:18
8."Fine Line"3:29
9."Patsy Fagan"3:01
10."Memories of Us"4:04
11."Someday You'll Love Me"3:31
12."Oh What A World"3:54
13."Diamond Rings and Old Bar Stools (feat. Donna Taggart)"3:18
14."Break Your Heart"3:20
15."Shut Up and Dance"3:08
2016 This Is Me (The Nashville Songbook) 8
1."This Is Me"3:31
3."More to Good Lovin'"2:59
4."Brand New Day"3:21
5."Better Than Being Alone"3:56
6."Some Days"3:42
8."100 Numbers"2:48
9."Fine Line"3:51
10."Connemara Sky"3:30
11."God's Plan (2016)"3:39
Happy Man 7
1."Happy Many"3:11
2."City of Chicago"3:57
3."Old and Grey"2:57
4."Won't Ya Come Down (To Yarmouth Town)"3:22
5."Sixty Years Ago"4:00
6."You're Only Young Once"2:37
7."Stay All Night"3:03
8."On to the Whiskey I Go"3:03
9."Sax, Drums & Rock'n'Roll"2:34
10."Carry Me Home"4:01
11."You Belong to Me"2:31
12."Jersey Girl"6:25
13."People Are Crazy"3:48
14."When You Love Someone"3:41
2017 The Fire 13
1."Heaven Tonight (feat. Goitse)"3:06
2."Clap Both My Hands"2:50
3."Pretty Little Lonely Eyes"3:56
4."The Fox"2:50
5."Full House. Empty Heart"2:47
6."My Father's House (feat. Adrian Ryan)"3:21
7."Down On Your Uppers"3:43
10."Sweet Forget Me Not"4:18
11."This Ain't Love"4:01
12."Where Do You Run"3:24
13."The Fire"3:24
14."Friends With Tractors" (Deluxe edition only)3:24
15."Promises" (Deluxe edition only)3:42
16."Coconut Tree" (Deluxe edition only)3:32
17."Rose of Tralee Medley" (Deluxe edition only)3:41
2018 Ten 54
1."Ya Can't Stay Here"3:21
2."Hayley Jo"2:55
3."Little More Time For Drinkin'"3:01
4."Here I Stand"4:54
5."Where You Are"3:49
6."Honey Honey (feat. Lisa McHugh)"3:12
7."I Do"3:29
8."Oh Me Oh My Oh"3:03
9."Small Town Summer"4:07
10."To Waltz With My Mother Again"3:30
11."Off the Beaten Track"2:54
12."The Door"4:48

Live albumsEdit

Year Album Peak positions[3] Track list
2014 The Entertainer – Live 5
1."The Belle of Liverpool"2:21
2."Love's Gonna Live Here"2:34
3."It's Friday"3:06
4."Made of Gold"2:54
5."I'm Gonna Get You"2:21
6."Dreamers and Believers"4:15
7."God's Plan"3:04
8."Vince Gill Medley"3:34
9."Irish Medley"3:15
10."Always on My Mind"3:25
11."Kiss Me Mary"3:10
12."Old Time Rock N Roll"4:06
14."Pogues Medley"3:00
15."The Best Part of the Day"2:44
16."Life Is a River"4:33
17."Elvis Presley Medley"3:30
18."I Saw the Light"2:28
19."American Rock Medley"4:03
20."Hey Jude"3:07
21."100 Numbers"2:56
22."Wake Me Up"3:57


  • 2014: The Entertainer – Live


as part of D-SideEdit

(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 / videosEdit

  • 2010: "Belle of Liverpool
  • 2012: "Life Is a River"
  • 2012: "Write Me a Letter"
  • 2012: "Kiss Me Mary"
  • 2013: "Better Days Are Coming"
  • 2014: "Raggle Taggle Gypsy"
  • 2014: "Pick a Bale of Cotton"
  • 2015: "Cecilia"
  • 2015: "I Fought the Law"
  • 2015: "Shut Up and Dance"
  • 2015: "Bendigo"
  • 2015: "Break Your Heart"
  • 2015: "Waltz With a Hero"
  • 2016: "Wrong Side of Sober" (feat. Roly Daniels)
  • 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: "Hayley Jo"
  • 2018: "Ya Can't Stay Here"
  • 2019: "Only Getting Started" (with Cliona Hagan)
  • 2020: "On the Sesh" (feat. the Tumbling Paddies)
  • 2020: "It Won't Rain Forever" (with Philomena Begley)


  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.
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  5. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 16 November 2018". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 17 November 2018.

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