Bernadette Ryan

As ambitious as young writer/artists go, 21yr old Bernadette Ryan is certainly setting her bar high with dreams of platinum records and international hits.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 26 Sep 2011
  • min read
As ambitious as young writer/artists go, 21yr old Bernadette Ryan is certainly setting her bar high with dreams of platinum records and international hits. Ryan says: 'I would love to be recognised for my music. But if other people can take something from it and if that song inspires them or helps them through bad times then that’s the main thing for me. I know a lot of artists may say this but I remember I always had that one song; so I want to write that for somebody else.'

Schooled in the violin before discovering a love for the piano at fifteen, she taught herself how to play from listening to R&B and Soul records by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and John Legend and began to write her first songs.

After thriving in her first year of studying a vocal degree at the Academy of Contemporary Music (including earning a place in the famous Gospel choir), Bernadette dropped out to join a new pop band. With years of performing on stage, acting, dancing and singing, It was at this point she knew she had to stay true to her own style if she wanted the longevity of a ‘timeless release’. With this in mind, she set off on her solo mission to create an album that defines her. Procuring numerous writing sessions with James Bryan (Nelly Furtado), The Nextmen (Jess Mills)  and Si Hulbert (Ed Sheeran, Professor Green, Sugababes), solo acoustic gigs in and around London soon followed, as well as stints with Chad Beatz (G-Unit/Lloyd Banks), Inflo (Talay Riley, Loick Essien) and Adam Midgely (Talib Kweli, Cee-lo Green, Paloma Faith).

'The songs I write are all from personal experiences or things that the people around me have gone through. I’m not here to write mind-numbing pop tunes, I wanna challenge myself & others by writing about what’s real, singing about a subject others are unable to write about or choose not to.'

With a slew of online features and live shows now under her belt (including supporting Island Records’ Josh Osho at his recent EP launch), Bernadette has certainly been adding plenty to her already impressive skill set of singer, song writer, musician and dancer.

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