Words: Sarah Walsh

12-year-old Cork native Allie Sherlock has signed a five-year record deal with One Republic’s Ryan Tedder.

The young singer, who blew people away on Facebook last June when she appeared in a video singing Ed Sheeran’s “Supermarket Flowers” on Grafton Street, has gone from busking at Cork’s Opera Lane to singing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in LA and rubbing shoulders with the likes of Ryan Tedder, Charlie Puth and Pharrell Williams

After meeting and recording with Tedder, Allie signed a three-album, five-year record deal.

Following her appearance on Ellen, Allie was interviewed on ITV’s This Morning Show and the Ray D’Arcy Show.

Before Allie’s trip to LA, she had expressed her uncertainty about a career in music but now she credits her time spent with Tedder for giving her the confidence to pursue her passion: music.

Allie also filled Ray D’Arcy in on the advice Tedder gave her and how the trip came about. “He saw my video on Instagram and flew us over to collaborate, which is like songwriting and recording,” she explained.

Allie shared pictures of her time in LA on her Instagram, captioning one of her with Tedder: “Had an amazing week with @RyanTedder I loved every minute of it thank you for being so good to me and my dad…  Looking forward to working with you xx”

With over 290,000 YouTube subscribers and a five-year record deal,

I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this talented young songstress. Having had the pleasure of hearing her perform live myself, I can appreciate that she is definitely a star on the rise.

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