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She Suffered From Severe Dyslexia as a Child

Before winning the 2015 Irish Choice Music Prize album of the year and making the shortlist for the Mercury Prize, Soak had to overcome severe dyslexia as a child. "When I was really young, like five, I had severe dyslexia and they said I was never going to be able to write," she confessed to The Independent back in October 2015. "The specialists said I should go to special schools, but my parents wanted me to have the same chances as my two brothers." Soak ended up attending an integrated school, where she worked her way up to the top set in English all on her own.

10 Fascinating Facts About Soak, One of the Coolest Indie-Folk Artists Out There

Looking for your new favorite indie-folk artist? Look no further than Soak. Born Bridie Monds-Watson, Soak (which is a combination of "soul" and "folk") is a 23-year-old Northern Irish singer-songwriter from Derry fighting for gay rights - and making really incredible music while doing it. The soulful prodigy released her debut album, Before We Forgot How to Dream, in 2015 at only 19 years old, and her follow-up album, Grim Town, debuted this past April. Before you give it a listen, here are some incredibly cool facts you should know about the award-winning artist's childhood in Derry and her journey to stardom.

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