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Published on Sep 2, 2014
The first thing you notice about Atlanta-raised singer/songwriter Riley is how self-assured she is at seventeen. Her vocal virtuosity is undeniable too.
She's not the first teen to write her first song after school on her neighbor's laptop. But few of those compositions hook big-time collaborators, producers and Elton John's management company. From that first effort, she was a natural at taking something specific and making the creative leap to a universally relatable theme. That's a rare knack.
"I try to write about what's real," Riley says. "I write about love, because everybody knows what that's like, good or bad." She won't apologize for her youthful lyrical frame-of-reference. "You're learning what heartbreak is. Later you realize it gets better, but at the time you're like 'Oh my God, it's my whole life."
Riley continues to write and record in Atlanta, Nashville, New York & Los Angeles for her forthcoming debut album. She's managed by Jon Howard for Rocket Music. http://www.rileysmusic.com/