A talented 13-year-old girl from Ballyjamesduff is proving to be an internet sensation with a song she penned about the impact of bullying on children. The song has since been played on radio stations around the globe.
Ruby O’Kelly is a first year student at St Clare’s College in the town. She told The Anglo-Celt that she was inspired to write and perform the song called ‘You Won’t Stop Me’ after seeing how bullying affected victims, their families and friends.
Blessed with an amazing voice, Ruby also shot a video for her track and now views around the world are racing towards the 200,000 mark.
“I wrote the song for three reasons actually – firstly because of the bullying I saw around me. It is not just the person who is being bullied that is being affected – families are put through so much stress. Secondly, when people hear the song, they will think 'I’m not alone'. They will be encouraged to speak to somebody. The third reason is that I want the people involved in bullying to hear it – they will think to themselves 'I’m not doing that, am I?' and they will realise how much pain and struggle the bullied person is going through and then they will stop,” explained Ruby of her inspiration to compose the song.
She was later surprised and delighted to learn that ISPCC Child Line was using her song on their site and she is now an advocate for young people experiencing bullying.
Ruby is a daughter of Sharon and Terence O’Kelly and was involved in the Olympia Panto at Christmas, performing alongside Jake Carter, Erin McGregor, James Patrice and Rory Cowan.
She has also appeared in videos by County Stars Cliona Hagan and Nathan Carter.
Ruby was also fortunate to be chosen from hundreds to appear in ‘Perform Ireland’ at the RDS recently and she sang her original song and her CD was taken back to LA by leading voice coach to the stars, Dave Stroud.
The song has been picked up by radio stations across America and it has been added to their playlists.
Ruby is a student of the Spotlight Stage School in Navan and Bernie Collins is teaching her piano in Ballyjamesduff. She is also a student of vocal music with Helen McHugh in Trim, where she takes musical theatre and classical vocal and her drama teacher is Natasha O’Hanlon.
“I love musical theatre and I would love to appear in the West End,” enthused this little star of the future.