It’s always fantastic featuring a new artist for the first time, and today we’re delighted to feature Riley Roth! 21 year old Riley is originally from Pennsylvania,but now resides in Nashville and is certainly making her mark on the industry. It was great to catch up with Riley over the new year and chat!
With three single releases, you must look back at 2019 with fond memories?
2019 was a very bittersweet year for me. There were lots of highs in my music career; releasing three singles, playing some of my favorite shows, and becoming the first signing to my label, Altadena. However, it was also a very hard year for me. In September, I lost my producer and friend, busbee, and it was only the start of us working together. I’m so thankful for all of the memories we made together, and I’m grateful for his belief in me as a writer and artist. I hope to make him very proud in 2020 and beyond.
‘Friendly’ is a particular favorite of ours at Belles and Gals! Can you tell us how the song came about?
Thank you so much! ‘Friendly’ is inspired by a real situation. There was this one guy I was into, but I couldn’t really tell if he was into me. I kept saying to myself, “No, there’s nothing there; we’re just being friendly.” Just like the way the song unfolds, his feelings started to become more apparent to me.
What is about country music that grabbed you in the first place? And have you always wanted to be a singer?
I love country music because of its real and story-like lyrics. Country music is honest and written in a way that makes me feel like I’m living the song while it is playing. A country song is like a three minute movie. I’ve always wanted to be a singer. I can’t remember a time in my life when that isn’t what I wanted to do. I was always singing along to the radio in the car, and my babbling as a baby, had a melody, my parents say.
And which artists do you look up to in the industry?
There are so many artists I look up to. Some of my earliest influences were Keith Urban and Shania Twain. I also really admire Kelsea Ballerini, Carly Pearce, and Maren Morris. They are really paving the way for women in country music right now. I’ve currently really been digging Old Dominion too – their lyrics are amazing!
To finish, what hopes and plans do you have in store for 2020!
In 2020, I am excited to be releasing more music. I’ve been working really hard at writing and creating in the studio – I can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on! I’m hoping to get out on the road in 2020 as well. I LOVE to perform, and I love connecting with people. While it is fun to get to do that online, I really can’t wait to hug the people who listen to my music.
Image courtesy of John Shearer.