DEREK RYAN is the featured artist for March 2014 at MarkMeets

Introducing the amazingly talented Derek Ryan. “Derek Ryan is Ireland’s answer to Michael Buble” says country legend Daniel O’Donnell.

DEREK RYAN had showbiz aspirations in his DNA from the age of twelve. He quickly got into the music scene performing regularly at socials with his brother Adrian as the Ryan Brothers right through to a pop career with an international band he has now become one of today’s biggest Irish Country artists.

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Having promoted some of today’s best known and hottest music acts from when they began their journey, we’re pleased to showcase the amazing talent of solo star: Derek Ryan.

DEREK RYAN featured artist for March 2014 at

At UK entertainment website MarkMeets, our passion, online presence and reputation for promoting fresh emerging new talent offering artists a great platform to be seen and heard by the public, media and fellow artists.

Derek Ryan certainly does command a very loyal following of fans who have known and loved him since his days as a star in the boy band D-Side!

The ‘Official Derek Ryan Fanclub’ Facebook is constantly buzzing with praise and love for Derek, along with a vibrant Twitter feed which keeps his fans hooked on his new gigs and music.

Derek Ryan’s career has already been littered with successes. He signed to Warner Music at the age of 17 with his band D-Side and went on to make a multi-platinum selling record with ‘Real World’.

He has also been nominated for several Meteor Awards in Ireland but has had global success with a number 1 single in Japan.

He has already gained 3 top 10 hits in the UK, and is now looking to further establish himself  with the release of his new single ‘100 Numbers’ ahead of the UK release of his new album Country Soul.

The track itself is clearly rooted in Irish country and folk music but has an unmistakeably poppy hook to it which stays with you for hours.

Derek is a star who has fame in a band and now he’s aim is to continue making music for as a solo artists for the next 50 years – Mark Boardman (Music Journalist).

It was, like most of Ryan’s music, written by him and the lyrics speak of lacking true friendship despite being surrounded by people and hangers on. It was inspired by a tough time in his life when he was living in a bedsit in London and desperately wanted to get back to his home in Ireland. He felt alienated and lost, despite the ‘100 Numbers’ in his phone there was no one who could help him shake his melancholia and homesickness.

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Musically ‘100 Numbers’ is quite layered with a number of different instruments being used throughout to give it a warmth characteristic of his music. In terms of comparison, the Westlife pop style is tempting but it has a more contemporary Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling pop folk feel to it whilst retaining a traditional flavour.

Now with four critically acclaimed albums on release including his most recent, ‘Country Soul’, a five piece band and thousands of fans, Derek is well ahead of his dream. With no limit to his potential, songs such as ’100 Numbers’, ‘Welcome Home (The Gathering)’ and ‘It’sFriday’ are just a small sample of the talent he is harbouring.

Look out for Derek when he passes through your town in 2014. It will be one of those defining moments in your life when you spend a few hours of non-stop exhilaration at one of his shows.

We will have an exclusive interview with Derek later this month so tweet your questions to us at @MarkMeets or email

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Each month we celebrate an artist who we feel deserves some recognition, whether they are an undiscovered talent trying to make it into the music business, or an existing star who has not reached the level we feel they deserve to be at!!

Previous MarkMeets Music Artists have included:  Harvey, Jamie Eldridge, Tom Andrews, Blaise, Luke Towler, Carly Rae Jespen, Aiden Grimshaw, District 3, Adam Lambert and The Dolly Rockers. We have supported brand new artists too from Kingsland, Tich, through to Concept, Ria Ritchie and Overload.

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