Ruth-Anne Cunningham

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", on Avicii's True album.

Ruth-Anne Cunningham

(1985-04-02) April 2, 1985 (age 34)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2008–present

On 23 March 2018, Cunningham released her own debut single "The Vow". Cunningham's debut album Matters of the Heart will be released 4 October 2019.[1]


Cunningham is from Donaghmede, Ireland.[2] She has been signed to Sony ATV since May 2010 as a songwriter and producer.[3] 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.[2]

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 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in just one week. She was awarded the ASCAP Songwriters Best Pop Award at the 24th Annual ASCAP Awards in 2007 for "Too Little Too Late."[4]

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 and Bebe Rexha.[5]

On the 13 July 2018 Cunningham supported American-Canadian singer Alanis Morissette at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London on her International Tour.[6]

On December 17, she performed in her home town Dublin at the Olympia Theatre supporting another Irish artist, Hozier.[7]


She won an ASCAP Pop Award in 2007 for "Too Little Too Late."[8][9]



As lead artistEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2008 "Take Me Away" 13 Non-album single
2019 "The Vow" - Matters of the Heart

As featured artistEdit

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. ^ "Albums coming in 2019 by Irish acts". Official Charts. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Ruth-Anne Cunningham: 'There's no booklet for writing pop hits'". The Irish Times. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  3. ^ "News & Events – Billie Barry Stage School, Dublin, Ireland". Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  4. ^ Ruth-Anne Cunningham receives ASCAP Pop Award!
  5. ^ "RuthAnne Cunningham: Streetwise Irish songstress who has penned songs for Britney Spears and One Direction". Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Get To Know: RuthAnne | MTV UK". Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  7. ^ "RuthAnne on Instagram: "Opening for @hozier last night in my hometown Dublin at the legardary venue @olympiatheatre was magical....the first venue I ever performed…"". Instagram. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  8. ^ Forum for Music in Ireland – Fóram don Cheol in Éirinn » Blog Archive » Stories Behind The Songs
  9. ^ 24th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards
  10. ^ a b Peak chart positions for singles and albums in Ireland:
  11. ^ Peak positions for singles in the UK:

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