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Thursday 12 December 2019

Irish singer Ruth-Anne pens songs for One Direction's new album

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She flew to Los Angeles within weeks of doing her Leaving Cert and a decade later the gamble for fame and fortune has paid off handsomely for talented Ruth-Anne Cunningham.

The singer/songwriter, aka Rooty, has notched up an impressive string of collaborations, but her latest could be her biggest because the 28-year-old from Baldoyle, Dublin, has co-written not one, but two songs on One Direction's new album, which is out on November 17. Ruth-Anne co-wrote track three, 'Where Do Broken Hearts Go', and track eight, 'No Control', on the album which promises to be a chart-topping success around the world.

Singer/songwriter Ruth-Anne Cunningham on Dublins Ha'Penny Bridge yesterday. Photo: Frank McGrath
Singer/songwriter Ruth-Anne Cunningham on Dublins Ha'Penny Bridge yesterday. Photo: Frank McGrath

Back in her hometown yesterday, the singer/songwriter said she was very excited about the upcoming release of 'Missing you' from Grammy Award-winning DJ Cedric Gervais (best known for his Lana Del Rey 'Summertime Sadness' remix) which was co-written with the Dubliner and features her vocals.

Ten years ago, Ruth-Anne's song 'Battleground' sung by Dolce Vita won the 2fm Jacobs Song Contest.

She went on to co-write Britney Spears' recent hit 'Work Bitch', which went to number one in 34 countries and opens her Las Vegas show.

Home to perform in Saturday's Billie Barry reunion ball, Ruth-Anne praised the late stage school guru, who died in September, "for teaching me never to give up and to practise our craft. She taught me that on my second class with her when I was only seven and I've never forgotten it," said Ruth-Anne.

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