Wednesday 28 September 2016

'The name is already there so you do have to prove yourself' - Bonnie on forging music career as Gerry and Morah Ryan's daughter

Published 06/05/2016 | 13:47

Bonnie Ryan's debut single
Bonnie Ryan's debut single
Bonnie Ryan's debut single
Bonnie Ryan's debut single
Bonnie Ryan's debut single

Bonnie Ryan has revealed she feels under pressure to prove herself as the daughter of famous parents.

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The 23-year-old daughter of late broadcaster Gerry Ryan and his ex-wife Morah has just released the video for her debut single I'm Out.

Speaking on Breakfast Republic on 2FM she said, "I think a lot of people think it's going to be easier for me.

"Obviously I'll get to talk to people in the industry and I've met people along the way who have been such a help to me and given me food advice and when I was younger I got to tour with Westlife and I've learned so much.

"But as well the [Ryan] name is already there so I think you do have ot kind of prove yourself.  It's kind of letting the song speak for itself.  I'm hoping that people will like it."

Bonnie has dropped her surname in her stage name.

She also revealed that she wrote the song herself and came up with the concept for the video, which was shot in Dublin hotspot Lillies Bordello.

"I got in contact with Lillies.  They were so obliging.  They let me come in and run amok for the day around the place and it was so much fun," she said.

Bonnie recruited her younger sister Babette and two friends to perform in the video which has amassed an impressive 75,000 views since she uploaded it to YouTube and subsequently performed on the Ray D'Arcy Show.

Of the number of views she said, "Honestly, I thought I was going to die.  When we first put it out I said if this gets to 6000 likes, oh my God.

"And the next day I woke up and it had only been up 8 hours and it was on about 40,000 and I thought it must have been a mistake so I was getting my friends to check it on their phones and they were like, 'No Bonnie, it's on 40,000'.

"It's insane.  I'm so happy."

The single releases on May 20th with pre-orders next week.

Asked why she didn't apply to The Voice of Ireland rather than pursue her dream by herself, she said she preferred to do her own thing.

"I love watching those programmes but I think the way I've gone about it, just kind of doing it myself, it's more my style," she said.

"The music is me, I've written the song and I've come up with the video.  I think sometimes if you go by competition they will help you along - you're obviously thrown into it very quickly - and they say, 'This is the song you're going to sing' and 'this is how you need to look for this' but I get to pick that myself."

Bonnie also has a wealth of experience performing, having toured with Westlife and Shane Ward when she was just 13.

"It's been the best thing that could have possibly happened to me," she said of hte experience.

"It did give me that experience, it showed me from a young age how much work goes into something like this.  It's not just a glam life.  There's a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff. 

"From 13 I was getting to see Shane Ward and Westlife and how much work goes into making a tour like that happen so I was like, 'Yeah, I'm up for the challenge!'"

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