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Introducing: Singer-songwriter Sophie Doyle Ryder – ‘When people sing your song back to you, it’s wow’

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Sophie Doyle Ryder. Picture by Ray Keogh

Sophie Doyle Ryder. Picture by Ray Keogh

Sophie Doyle Ryder. Photo: Ray Keogh

Sophie Doyle Ryder. Photo: Ray Keogh

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Sophie Doyle Ryder. Picture by Ray Keogh

From: Malahide, Co Dublin.

Working on her craft: “I hated school but college is amazing. One of my lecturers came to my gig,” Sophie says. This indie-pop singer-songwriter is doing a degree in commercial modern music in BIMM. She has been compared to Rihanna and Ariana Grande. Billie Eilish and Gwen Stefani are her role models.

Always writing: “I wrote my first song when I was 13. It was about my parents’ divorce from my Dad’s perspective.” Since then she has carried on mining her life for her music.

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Sophie Doyle Ryder. Photo: Ray Keogh

Sophie Doyle Ryder. Photo: Ray Keogh

Sophie Doyle Ryder. Photo: Ray Keogh

Heartache inspires: “When I write music, I start with the piano.” After she finished school, she began working on her first EP, Beginner’s Luck, which is just out. “I wrote Sucker when I’d just broken up with my ex-boyfriend. Another song, All I Have, is about loving someone so much you put them on a pedestal. Then you find out that they are not so great.”

Busy summer: By day she’ll work as a waitress in a café and in the evenings she’ll do lots of summer festivals: Forbidden Fruit, Indiependence and Body & Soul. “Once I’m on stage, I love it. When people sing the song back to you, it’s wow.”

Twitter: @sophdoyleryder

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