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02nd Aug 2023

Irish songwriter RuthAnne shares inspiration behind viral song ‘The Vow’

It just goes to show, inspiration can strike at any time.

Irish singer-songwriter, RuthAnne Cunnigham, released ‘The Vow’ as her debut single in March of 2018.

The song has started rising in the charts again since RuthAnne performed it during Tommy Fury’s proposal to Molly-Mae Hague’s last month in Ibiza.

Tommy flew the Irish singer out because the song holds sentimental value for the Love Island 2019 runner-ups.  It played during Molly-Mae’s entrance to the Love Island ball.

Sharing how much the ballad means to them, it was also played over a clip of their gender reveal last October and, more recently, during their engagement.

With so much buzz around the song, and many other couples sharing they have the same adoration for ‘The Vow,’ RuthAnne has now revealed how the love-song-turned-internet-sensation came to be.

The Donaghmede native revealed that inspiration for the song hit while staying over at a friend’s house.

 “I woke up, I think, from a dream at 5 in the morning, and wrote all the lyrics down on my phone,” she said.

“I went back to sleep, woke up, looked at the lyrics, and I was like, “Oh, that could be something.”

Little did she know at the time, it was going to be a huge hit. 

Last week, RuthAnne topped the charts with the ballad following her role in the engagement of soon to be Mr. and Mrs. Fury, alongside their 8-month-old daughter, Bambi.

The two-time Grammy nominated singer says following her late-night inspiration, she went straight to the studio to share the lyrics with her “Future Cut boys”, Darren Lewis and Tunde Babalola, who co-wrote and produced the viral song.

“I immediately read them the lyrics and I said, ‘I don’t know if these lyrics are good or is it too cheesy?’ to which Darren replied, ‘No, this is like a vow you’d hear, that I’d say to my wife at a wedding.'”

If you haven‘t already guessed from Darren’s response, RuthAnne revealed that this prompted the name of the song that we all know and love today.

“I was really writing from a place of pure unconditional love. All of those lyrics, to me, just represented a really honest feeling that I wanted to feel myself and that I saw in the love around me,” she confessed.

Speaking on the success of the song, she says it “still blows” her mind at how many couples have had ‘The Vow’ included in their wedding days, engagements, and gender reveals.

“It has really become a song of the people, a soundtrack for people’s lives, and people’s moments, and that really means so much to me. This song has been embraced by everyone and I just couldn’t be more thankful.”