Gerry Ryan’s daughter Bonnie believes her dad is “looking out” for her from heaven as she follows her pop dream.
The 2FM legend watched his daughter take to the stage in The Point as part of girlgroup Lady Nada eight years ago before his death.
Now the 22-year-old has started working with international producers and songwriters in the UK in a bid to launch a music career – and hopes her dad is watching over her.
She said: “It’s a lovely thought to think that he’s looking out for me today. In this industry it’s all about a bit of luck and being in the right place at the right time.”
New career: Bonnie is taking off as singer
And the Dubliner said that she still clings to the happy memories of her dad watching her perform before his tragic passing.
“He said to me, ‘Go for it. If that’s your dream you’ve got to live it.’ And it’s the same with my mum. She is London with me this week, pushing me on. It means the world to me,” she told the Sunday World.
“It was lovely that he got to see me perform. He was at all the shows and tours that I went on. And it’s great that I know he wanted me to do this.
“That was an amazing experience to be performing for so many people in venues like The Point at the age of 14. I knew then, once I got a taste of what it was like, that this is for me. I don’t want to do anything else.”
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Now Bonnie is working with producer Tom Nicholls, who has written songs for Kylie Minogue, JLS and Celine Dion as well as the All Saints’ Black Coffee.
She is also on board with Irish songwriter Don Mescall, known for his work with Boyzone, the Backstreet Boys and Ronan Keating.
She added: “Tom and Don usually only take on two artists a year to work with and they’ve chosen to work with me, which I’m really excited about.
“I was in the Metropolis Studio in London today with them and that was an incredible experience because people like Lana Del Rey have recorded there.”