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Singer songwriter Joy Crookes ready to make her mark in 2022... and the other artists to watch

Joy's debut album Skin went Top 5 in the UK and she had sold-out shows across Europe and the UK
Joy Crookes

Joy Crookes

SINGER and songwriter Joy Crookes has been bubbling under for the last few years - but 2021 saw her make her mark with a hit debut album, Skin.

Now topping our list of Ones To Watch in 2022, the Londoner of Irish and Bangladeshi heritage will be proudly flying the Irish flag when she headlines shows and festivals this year.

Joy tells Shuffle that her dad, David, is originally from Dublin's Navan Road, while her mum comes from Bang-ladesh.

The last time we met she'd been to Dublin's Glasnevin cemetery to visit her grandad's grave "with a bunch of flowers in one hand and a pint of Guinness in the other" because he had worked in Guinness.

She said: "I've been coming to Ireland since I was born and my dad always emphasised that 'you're Irish.'

"He has always made it his focus that all his children should understand their roots and grow up the same way that he did.

"And I agree with him, I think culture is very important."

Joy's debut album Skin went Top 5 in the UK and she had sold-out shows across Europe and the UK, including Dublin's Academy last November.

And here are some more artists to keep on eye on and check out this year:

Ocean Tisdall

Ocean Tisdall


Singer songwriter Ocean Tisdall (19) from Co Wicklow is gearing up to release his debut EP through Universal Music next May, after landing a deal following the release of his debut single, Broke Up With My Best Friend.

Cian Ducrot

Cian Ducrot


Cian Ducrot (24), who was raised in Cork but is now London-based, was a couple of years into his schooling at the Royal Academy of Music (one of the most prestigious performing arts schools in the world), when a trip to Los Angeles inspired him to pursue his dream of becoming a pop artist instead of a classical flautist.

He decided to take a risk leaving his schooling and moved back to Ireland - and it paid off when he was 'discovered' by Darkroom/Interscope Records (the team behind Billie Eilish) last summer.


Dublin songwriter and producer Lucy Blue has had a prolific year in 2021, releasing her debut EP, Fishbowl, to critical acclaim and spending the summer performing at major festivals across the UK including Latitude, Reading and Leeds, plus recently supporting The Brits 2022 Rising Star, Holly Humberstone.

Seamus D

Seamus D


House music producer and DJ Seamus D from Dublin, whose latest single is called Like That, was snapped up by Columbia Records in 2021. Seamus has been making a name for himself in Ireland for some time - first as a DJ and more recently as promoter throwing secret parties in abandoned mansions, forests and castles across the country.


Singer songwriter Robert Grace has already built quite a following with tracks such as Fake Fine, Break The Silence, The Hurt You Gave Me and Self feat. Emma Steinbakken. It have garnered the Kilkenny man tens of millions of plays on Spotify, millions of YouTube views, two million TikTok followers and a dedicated Instagram community.

Lea Heart

Lea Heart


Lea Heart caught the attention of music manager Brian Whitehead, whose hit acts include supergroup Picture This, when she posted her songs on TikTok.

Brian handed Lea the opportunity to co-write with the group's Ryan Hennessy and Jimmy Rainsford for her self-titled EP.




Malaki is one of Ireland's fast-rising rappers, and he enjoyed a massive profile in 2021 that included a couple of appearances on the Late Late Show.

Pillow Queens

Pillow Queens


Dublin-based band Pillow Queens have been building up a head of steam in the last couple of years and enjoyed general critical acclaim for their debut album, In Waiting.


Ryan McMullan (25) from Portaferry in Northern Ireland, is a fresh new talent on the singer/songwriter scene. He's already toured with Ed Sheeran and Snow Patrol and been the subject of a documentary.

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