Sam Ryder (singer)

British singer-songwriter (1989–)

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Sam Ryder
Ryder in 2021
Ryder in 2021
Background information
Birth nameSam Ryder Robinson
Born (1989-06-25) 25 June 1989 (age 32)
Maldon, Essex, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • social media personality
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2009–present
LabelsParlophone
Associated actsThe Morning After, Blessed by a Broken Heart, Close Your Eyes
Websitewww.sam-ryder.com
TikTok information
Followers12.4 million
Likes100.8 million

Updated: 6 May 2022

Sam Ryder (born 25 June 1989)[1] is an English singer-songwriter and social media personality.[2][3] Ryder rose to prominence through TikTok, after posting music covers during the first lockdown in the COVID-19 pandemic. He represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with the song "Space Man", where he came in second place.[4][5]

Early life

Ryder was born on 25 June 1989 in Essex, and went to the St John Payne Catholic School in Chelmsford between 2000 and 2007.[6] Ryder began singing when he was a child. He was inspired to pursue a career in music after seeing the Canadian rock band Sum 41 live in concert aged 11.[7]

Ryder is a big fan of Eurovision and has memories of watching the contest with his family while growing up in the Essex countryside.[8] His musical awakening occurred in his early teens when after a trip to a nunnery he discovered an album of English heavy metal band Iron Maiden.[9] His first job was delivering papers for The Essex Chronicle as a child.[10]

He has a sister who lives in Sydney, Australia and he regularly visits the country whenever he can.[11] He revealed that he was inspired to learn how to play the guitar after the Finnish rock band Lordi won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006.[12]

Career

Ryder made his debut as a singer and guitarist in the music industry in 2009. At the age of 19 he co-founded the band The Morning After, and together they released two studio albums.[13] Following his time with the band in 2010, he toured as a guitarist for the Canadian band Blessed by a Broken Heart. In 2012, he was announced as the band's new lead vocalist and contributed to their Billboard charting album Feel the Power. They split in 2013, and he began working as a frontman for the American rock band Close Your Eyes. Ryder released one album with them called Line in the Sand, and left in 2014.[14][15]

Following his stint working for other bands, Ryder started to pursue a career as a solo artist. In 2016 he travelled to Nashville, Tennessee to record an album with producer Bryan Wilson. However the album was never released.[16] He spent some time performing at weddings and clubs.

Ryder rose to prominence through TikTok where, starting with the first lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, he began posting his music covers. He caught the attention of musicians such as Sia, Justin Bieber, Alicia Keys and Elton John. By the end of the same year, he became the most-followed UK artist on the platform.[17] He later signed a record contract with Parlophone and with manager David May. In 2021, he released his debut EP, The Sun's Gonna Rise, which has received over 100 million global streams. It was followed up with a sold-out tour.[18]

Ryder wrote "Space Man" during the pandemic before it was chosen to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2022. In January, the song was sent to TaP Music and the BBC, and in the same month he accepted their offer to represent the country in the contest.[19] On 10 March 2022, the BBC announced Ryder as the UK representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with "Space Man".[20] He toured Europe between March and May 2022 to promote his Eurovision entry.[21] In an interview for Sky News, Ryder spoke about the injury he had sustained in Madrid during his tour after crashing into a metal bar.[22]

On 12 May 2022, the BBC aired a documentary titled Sam Ryder: Road to Eurovision, which was made available to watch on BBC iPlayer and YouTube, and gives an exclusive look behind the scenes of Ryder's journey to Eurovision.[23] He finished in second place at the Eurovision final with 466 points, becoming the highest-scoring UK Eurovision entrant. He won the jury vote and also scored the UK its best result since 1998 and its first top three since 2002.[24][25] Ryder also won the Marcel Bezençon Press Award, becoming the first UK act to win a Bezençon Award.[26]

Ryder will support Paloma Faith during her summer concert in Hatfield Park,[27] and is set to embark on a European tour between October and November 2022.[28]

Personal life

Ryder has spent most of his adult life touring, writing, and performing for other bands and once resided in Hawaii. He is a vegan and once owned a vegan café in Coggeshall, England.[29] He likes to surf the English coast in his free time, travel, snowboard, drive around race tracks and skate.[30][31] He also once worked as a construction worker.[32]

Ryder cites David Bowie, Elton John, and Queen as his music influences.[33] Ryder believes in aliens, and once wanted to pursue a career as an astronaut. He claims that he once saw a UFO while in Hawaii as a child.[34]

Discography

Albums

Title Details
There’s Nothing But Space, Man!
  • Release date: 14 October 2022[35]
  • Label: BMG
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

Extended plays

Title Details
The Sun's Gonna Rise
  • Released: 2021
  • Label: BMG
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[36]
"Space Man" 2022 78 There’s Nothing But Space, Man!
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

Promotional singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[37]
"Set You Free" 2019 Non-album single
"Whirlwind" 2021 The Sun's Gonna Rise
"Tiny Riot"
"July"
"More"
"The Sun's Gonna Rise"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

Awards and nominations

Year Award ceremony Category Nominee(s)/work(s) Result Ref.
2022 Marcel Bezençon Press Award Himself Won [38]

References

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  2. ^ "Almost Nine Million Watch Sam Ryder Turn UK Fortunes at Eurovision". Bloomberg.com. 15 May 2022. Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  3. ^ "'We're in a negative thought pattern!' Can Sam Ryder bring Eurovision glory back to the UK?". the Guardian. 13 May 2022. Retrieved 15 May 2022.
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  22. ^ "Eurovision 2022: Sam Ryder is 'ignoring the hype' as the UK's odds improve". BBC News. 13 May 2022. Archived from the original on 13 May 2022. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
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  34. ^ "In a 'weird' childhood encounter, Eurovision hopeful Sam Ryder claims to have seen a UFO. - Ceng News". 12 May 2022. Archived from the original on 13 May 2022. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  35. ^ "There's Nothing But Space, Man! CD + Cassette Bundle", Warner Music. Retrieved 15 May 2022
  36. ^ "Sam Ryder | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 May 2022.
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Preceded by United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
2022
Succeeded by
TBA
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