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up and coming Meet the young Irish artists who are set to make it big in 2021

Irish artists made most of 2020 as bigwigs snap up new talent despite Covid shutdowns

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Sophie Doyle Ryder will play Whelan’s

Sophie Doyle Ryder will play Whelan’s

Sophie Doyle Ryder will play Whelan’s

It's been a devastating year for Ireland's singers, rappers, bands and songwriters trying to launch their careers, but there are green shoots with live shows set to return in 2021.

And waiting in the wings are a batch of up-and-coming performers that have the recording industry currently buzzing with excitement.

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Singer Moncrieff

Singer Moncrieff

Singer Moncrieff

Here are some of the exciting new and emerging artists you can expect to pop up on your radar in 2021.

British-Irish pop band New Rules, featuring Dubliner Ryan Meaney plus Alec McGarry and Nathan Lambert from England, laid the foundation for their career this year with online gigs and new releases. They're now poised to take off like a rocket when venues reopen later next year.

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Flynn secured a deal with Sony Music

Flynn secured a deal with Sony Music

Flynn secured a deal with Sony Music

Irish schoolgirl Sophie Doyle Ryder had a string of radio hits in 2020 with her own songs, Mood, Enough and Too Much. The singer and songwriter from Dublin's Malahide had her own headline show at Whelan's of Dublin postponed to March 2021.

Darren Flynn, from Mullingar, known simply as Flynn, has been making an impact since landing a major record deal with Sony Music. Flynn was in the same class as Niall Horan in their local secondary school and he's now on the road to achieving his own dream of being a pop singer and songwriter. He had a huge radio hit during the summer with his self-penned song, One Of Us.

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Ryan Meaney with New Rules

Ryan Meaney with New Rules

JyellowL’s music featured in Normal People

JyellowL’s music featured in Normal People

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Ryan Meaney with New Rules

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Lea Heart (20) from Kildare released her debut single, Older, this year and scored an Irish Top 30 hit. Lea, who now shares the same management as Picture This, made her mark in lockdown by racking up over 40,000 followers on TikTok.

Rapper Denise Chaila from Limerick is set to continue her rise to stardom, as is JyellowL, who released his debut album 2020 DlVision in November.

J, who lives in Newbridge, Co Kildare, was due to tour Europe in 2020 with American superstar Nelly before being shut down in the pandemic. However, he did have his music featured on the soundtrack of the smash-hit TV series Normal People.

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DJ Shane Codd

DJ Shane Codd

DJ Shane Codd

Hugh Mulligan, aka Dublin rap artist Malaki, took massive strides in 2020 despite the lockdowns. One of his stand out tracks called Fair Play, a collaboration with stunning vocalist Lucy McWilliams - the daughter of economist David McWilliams - clocked up over a million streams worldwide.

DJ and producer Shane Codd from Cavan hit the jackpot when he released his debut single, Get Out My Head, on his Soundcloud during the summer. It quickly went viral and caught the interest of legendary UK record label Polydor Records which promptly signed him up. The track has amassed over 6.6 million streams and hit number one on both the UK and Ireland Shazam charts.

He's been bubbling under for the last couple of years with impressive singles such as I Need You To Hate Me, and JC Stewart will kickstart 2021 with the release of a song called Break My Heart, tipped to be a smash hit.

With over 90 million global streams, the young Co Derry musician has an impressive celebrity fanbase including Lewis Capaldi, Niall Horan, Kodaline, Anne-Marie and Lauv.

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During lockdown, JC found himself going viral with his quarantine-themed take on the Friends theme tune, I'll Be There For You, which gained attention from Jennifer Aniston and featured on Good Morning America.

Singer Moncrieff - real name Chris Brehen - from Tramore, Co Waterford, and now London- based, had been banking on 2020 as his year to hit the heights in showbiz with a busy schedule that included support to Picture This on tour.

Heartache

Moncrieff, who did backing vocals for Adele on BBC TV and counts Elton John as a fan, pours his personal heartache into songs such as I Don't Know Why? about the death of his brother, and Like I Do, writing about the break-up of a long-time relationship.

Robert Grace from Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny, is on also the brink of major league success after signing a worldwide deal with record industry big-gun Sony Music. He scored a hit single this year with Fake Fine, a song he wrote at the start of this year when he was suffering a fit of the blues. The single's success certainly banished them.

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