Derek Ryan was born on 24 August, 1983 in Garryhill, County Carlow, Ireland. He is a Country and Irish singer, and previously a pop singer as part of Irish boy band D-Side (2001–2006). He has also established his own production house and label, Ryan Records.
From the age of twelve, Derek had musical aspirations performing regularly at social events with his brother Adrian as the Ryan Brothers. Having grown up in Garyhill near Carlow town, Derek was bred into loving Irish traditional music by his family. He took part in Fleadh Ceoils and became a winner of two all-Ireland titles in both Bodhrán and Ceili drumming.
At the age of 17, he joined the boy band, D-Side, alongside Shane Creevey, Derek Moran, Damien Bowe and Dane Guiden. D-Side became a trio when Bowe and Guiden both left for personal reasons. The debut single “Stronger Together” was a hit in Ireland. The band had three other Top 10 singles in the UK and Ireland, “Speechless”, “Invisible” and “Real World”. The band was also popular in Japan. It disbanded in 2006 after three studio albums, Stronger Together (2004), Gravity (2005) and Unbroken (2006).
Derek established his production house and record label Ryan Records. The Irish country artist Ben Troy is the first artist to be signed on the label. On March 24, 2017, Ryan Records released Troy’s debut album Gravity.