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Podcast: Sophie Doyle Ryder making a splash at 18

Malahide singer Sophie Doyle Ryder talks to Niamh Alexander about her promising start in pop
18 year old Sophie Doyle Ryder is making a name for herself in the Irish music scene. Photo by Ray Keogh

At just 18 years old, Sophie Doyle Ryder already has four singles under her belt. Her third single Too Much made it to number nine on the top 100 Irish Artists on Irish Radio.

Ryder writes all of her own music and says that, while lockdown has been tough (her first headline show has been postponed four times in the last year), it has allowed her to throw herself into writing more songs than ever.

“When all this does end, I have no issues just releasing as much music as I want and doing as many gigs as I want because I have all these songs that I’ve written,” says Ryder.

Her music has drawn comparisons to other artists like Anne-Marie and Rihanna, and while she welcomes the comparisons, Ryder is also putting her own individual style into her songs.

As she waits for the go-ahead for her first headline show in Whelan’s music venue in Dublin, Ryder is already looking to the future, with hopes to release an EP in early August and a full album planned for 2022. 

As a Malahide native, Ryder has one important goal for the future.

“The one place, before I die, I hope I can play Malahide castle … that would just be a dream.”

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