Amanda Rose Riley has a special way of cutting through the noise of everyday life with her music. Guided by a career-defining persistence, determination, and an appetite for making her dreams her reality, the New Jersey-born-and-bred artist has spent the last few years showing the world what she has to offer, creating eclectic acoustic songs and performing primarily in New Jersey, New York City, and England, her second home.
Armed with her guitar, a poignant voice, and a raw storytelling ability that is rare to see in artists today, she hopes to speak to her audience in a similar way to how her favourite artists have influenced her. “The idea of making people feel something and having a positive impact on them is the number one motivation that keeps me going,” she says. “Honestly when I daydream about ‘success,’ instead of picturing money and huge gigs, I’m always imagining the connections I will have with people. I see how much my favorite songwriters have inspired me and the people I know in so many ways: listening to those songs is cathartic, we get the words tattooed on us… it changes our lives. I think seeing and experiencing that kind of power that a song can have is what inspired me to make music the most, out of everything.”
Her debut studio album, “Secrets I Told to a Sound Hole,” harnessed Amanda’s blossoming signature style. Comforting and calming while embodying a lighthearted spirit that shines through in her lyrics and melodies, it is an insightful collection that drew on the experiences she had lived on her musical journey thus far, a journey that has taken her on the seas three years in a row aboard the Flogging Molly Cruise, to the stage at Asbury Park’s famed Stone Pony, and that has allowed her to perform with one of her biggest artistic inspirations, Frank Turner.
Her newest release, “Millennials Are Going Gray,” has taken her back to her DIY roots in terms of production. It tackles further self-reflective themes, but this time centered more around what it means to be a “mid-range millennial” in today’s world. “I’m excited to be releasing songs on a broader range of ideas and experiences than the last time, while still remaining firmly rooted in my quirky, personal storytelling style,” says Amanda, who’s looking forward to fans hearing this shift, and hopefully relating more to it. “Personally, I find this much more interesting than the tired old love and breakup songs that still seem to dominate every genre of music.”
Her music is available to stream and purchase from her website and all major digital platforms. For more info, head to www.amandaroseriley.com
And take a listen to her track “Millennials Are Going Gray”, below…