RECEIVING a direct message from Justin Bieber, duetting with Alicia Keys and being championed by Sia is not something we can all boast.

But for rising star Sam Ryder, he can do so.

He will be a special guest at Texas’ Forest Live gig at Delamere Forest on Sunday, June 19.

In lockdown, Sam announced some of his renowned covers which caught the attention of those in the music world on TikTok.

Sam now has more than 17 million followers to date.

A five song EP, ‘The Sun’s Gonna Rise’, rolled out a track at a time and has amassed some 45 million streams globally.

Sam has kicked off 2022 with a sell-out headline tour.

As well as Delamere Forest, he will play Cannock Chase Forest in Staffordshire.

Tickets for the gigs can be found at