- 10 Nov 20
Although still in secondary school, the Dublin singer-songwriter has already been compared to the likes of Ariana Grande and Anne-Marie, for her commanding vocals and powerful pop tracks.
The Malahide singer secured 10 weeks in the top 100 Irish Artists on Irish radio, peaking at no. 9 with 'Too Much', and is hoping to build on this momentum with 'Little Black Book'.
"I feel like 'Little Black Book' is about me saying,'I'm a woman'," she told Hot Press. "When I sing it, I feel like I'm singing to all these girls, and only to these girls – as if the boys don't get the message!"
In her career so far, she has earned over 6.5 million Irish radio impacts and remains one to watch in the industry, entering the Top 40 of all acts played on Irish radio in September.
In addition to International Spotify playlist placements, she has received airplay in the UK, USA and Australia.
Ryder will also feature in the next Irish Woman in Harmony Christmas single, which is destined for success following the outfit's cover of the Cranberry's hit 'Dreams'.
"I remember when I was told that," she reflects. "I was like, 'Oh my God – absolutely!' Obviously! I recorded it already, so I've heard it and all. It's so good."
For a young artist, Ryder has grown into her own style and unique sound, with female empowerment proving to be a consistent theme throughout her music.
Sophie joined forces with Grammy-Nominated producer Billy Farrell for 'Little Black Book’; a fun, fierce song that is a guaranteed to be garner her more listeners.
Sophie’s performance style and song-writing is inspired by fellow pop acts Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Lady Gaga, with Ryder viewing music as a form of therapy.
Songwriting since the tender age of 10 has brought her to this stage eight years later, with her first headline show with MCD in Whelan’s on March 3, 2021 - provided Covid allows for this.
"I'm definitely going to be looking to release another single before the year ends," she says. "I have the gig in Whelan's in March, so I want to have all the songs out and rehearsed, to be ready to sing that night. That's going to be my main focus after Christmas."
Ryder played the Hot Press Lockdown Sessions back in September, creating a noteworthy, intimate live set.
Check out her new single 'Little Black Book' below: