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Pop-Country Singer/Songwriter and Recording Artist Riley Roth is quickly gaining attention outside of her home state of Pennsylvania. Riley is a 2011 and 2012 monthly winner in the Texaco Country Showdown’s National Songwriting Contest. She was named 2012 North American Country Music Association’s Songwriter of the Year for her age category, as well as Rising Star Vocalist. Riley has also been a Pennsyvlania State Finalist Performer in the Texaco Country Showdown. Along with winning numerous other local, state, and national awards, she was invited to tour in 2012.
Touring throughout four states with The Country Pop Rock Tour, Riley joined former Radio Disney Artists, Celeste Kellogg and Tyler Lane, along with Branden Mendozza, Tristan Blaine, and Dalton Cyr. These amazing teen artists shared their powerful message to “Be a friend, not a bully” to many schools as well as theaters and other music venues throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
Showing a strong aptitude for music at an early age, she attempted to try out for her first musical theatre production when she was nine. Discovering she suffered from stage fright and determined to overcome it, she joined a children's musical theater group to overcome her fear. Successfully conquering her stage fright, she auditioned with this group and was offered the part of Annie in the musical production Annie. She later went on to play Gabriella in High School Musical and play an orphan in a professional theater production of Oliver!. Riley has also appeared in a commercial, filmed in New York.
At the age of 11, Riley began working in the studio to record her first CD, Love, which was released in April of 2011. Riley added guitar to her repertoire and was quickly sponsored by Daisy Rock Guitars in 2011. Currently working on adding new original songs to her catalog, she is working with co-writers in Nashville and studying with New York Vocal Coach/Producer, Richard Fink IV. Watch out for more great things from this young rising artist coming soon!
When asked about her music, Riley says, “I didn’t choose music. Music chose me.” Riley began singing before she could talk. Her mother recalls driving around town, listening to Riley belting it out from her car seat. There was always a melody to her madness, so to speak.