Los Angeles native Riley blends classic soul with modern R&B on her emotionally powerful debut single Havoc. It’s not often that a distinctive voice rises above the rest in the electronic music field, but Riley does just that right off the bat.
After experiencing the loss of her mother and her best friend in 2005, Riley began immersing herself in the world of music and poetry. She listened to the jazz, blues, and soul genres and worked on the piano, learning to slowly heal herself and move on with her life.
Riley’s first single Havoc showcases her potent vocals steeped in passionate emotions. Against slow handclaps and other crisp percussion, brighter synths, and piano notes, Riley soulfully cries out, “My heart is a tangled mess…” as she reminisces about a failed/failing relationship. Through Riley’s determined vocal delivery, however, Havoc becomes more of a triumph than a lament.
Written by: Jen Dan