Vegan, Sam Ryder smashed all expectations and came second in the Eurovision singing contest making Brits rejoice!

Being a Brit is usually a rather sad affair when you’re watching the Eurovision Song Contest, especially in recent years. If the competition isn’t cancelled because of a global pandemic, chances are the UK won’t make it into the top half of the scoreboard – even if we have every faith in our entry that year.

After the heartbreak of watching James Newman come last with a gutting score of zero points in 2021 – and not getting to even compete the year before – those Eurovision fans among us are hoping that this year’s competitor, Sam Ryder, has better luck with his song ‘Space man’.

But just who is Sam Ryder, where has he come from and, most importantly of all, does he have a shot at winning this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Turin for the UK – finally?

Sam Ryder shot to fame on TikTok

Born in Essex, Sam began singing when he was a child and is said was inspired to pursue a career in music after he saw Canadian rock band Sum 41 live in concert, MTV reports.

Sam rose to prominence on social media platform TikTok, posting covers of popular songs during the first lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. He caught the attention of musicians including Elton John, Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber and Sia and, by the end of 2020, he had become the most-followed UK artist on the platform.

After that, he signed a record deal with Parlophone and manager David May and, in 2021, he released his debut EP ‘The Sun’s Gonna Rise’ which has since received more than 100 million streams and was followed by a sold-out tour.

Sam is a huge Eurovision fan 

Sam, 32, has said he’s a big fan of Eurovision and has memories of watching the competition with his family while growing up in Essex.

At a recent press conference for the 2022 contest in Turin, the 32-year-old reportedly even revealed that he was inspired to learn to play the guitar after Finnish rock band Lordi won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006.

Despite only releasing his debut EP in 2021, Sam has actually been in the music industry for much longer. He first made his debut in the industry as a singer and guitarist in 2009 and even co-founded the band ‘The Morning After, releasing two studio albums together.

In 2010, following his time with the band, he toured as a guitarist for Canadian Band ‘Blessed by a Broken Heart’ and, in 2012, he was announced as the band’s new lead vocalist. He even contributed to their Billboard-charting album ‘Feel the Power’. After their split in 2013, Sam began working as a frontman for an American rock band called ‘Close Your Eyes’ and released one album with them titled ‘Line in the Sand’ before leaving in 2014.

He then began to pursue a career as a solo artist and, in 2016, he travelled to Nashville, Tennessee to record an album with producer Brian Wilson, who had worked with British rapper Stormzy on his album ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’, but Sam’s album was never released.

Sam is a vegan

Following the album that was never released Sam, who is a vegan, opened up a vegan cafe in Hawaii for a time. When he made the decision to close it, he spent some time performing at weddings and clubs.

Aside from writing, performing and touring – both solo and with bands – Sam Ryder’s other hobbies include surfing the English coast, driving around race tracks in sports cars and skating.

Original source: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk