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RIA CURLEY is an accomplished songwriter, composer, singer and producer, with 22 of her original songs signed to Warner/Chappell Music/Direct World Music and a critically acclaimed album (Ria - "Take Me") of her original songs garnering airplay and enthusiastic fans around the world. Although Ria sings and writes across genres, her style as a musical artist has been described as “a retro-hip mix of poignant, melodic rock and sultry, romantic r&b.”
Ria hails from Central New York… the oldest of 6 siblings in an artistic, musical family. Ria has been a songwriter, singer and composer of music and lyrics for most of her life, writing her first song at age 12 and performing her first public concert of original songs at age 15. Since then, Ria has continued creating and sharing her music and has performed regularly in venues from Europe to New York to Saratoga Springs, where she now resides with her husband, jazz pianist/composer Chuck Lamb (Brubeck Brothers Quartet).
MUSIC REVIEWERS AND FANS HAVE SAID...
"Ria's voice has range, emotion and a sense of drama...if you care about love, you should buy her music." -Tom Kuntz, fan (and former Deputy Editor, Special Sections, NY Times)
"Ria Curley has her own take on smooth jazz and R&B with a retro-pop sensibility... [a]nd an amazing voice... -David Malachowski, music reviewer, Kingston Daily Freeman and former music director/guitarist for Shania Twain. (For full review, click on "Press/Reviews.")
“…sizzling set… at Caffè Lena…” -Downbeat Magazine (re Ria and the Chuck Lamb Quartet performing at Jazz Fest Friday, Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival).
Ria "caresses the microphone..." with her "curvaceous coloratura..." -Russ Tarby, Syracuse New Times
Ria "dabbles in seductive, rappy lyrics and toys with our modern hip-hop stereotypes... we want more..." -Sandi Hemmerlein, The Colgate Scene)
"I bought it yesterday and I've been playing it ever since..." -Keith Cutler, Fan
SOME OF RIA'S CREDITS AND FUN EXPERIENCES HAVE INCLUDED...
National appearances as a member of the acclaimed gospel/r&b choir, “New Voices Of Freedom”;
Touring as a lead musical theater actor in Equity productions of “Godspell, “Grease,” “Roaring 20s Musical Review” and more;
Being an "alternate" tap dancer for the Broadway production of “42nd Street”;
Receiving airplay on WBLS and WQCD in NYC for 3 of her songs from "Take Me";
Teaching legendary actor, Jimmy Stewart, the finale dance routine for the "Night of 100 Stars" TV special at Radio City Music Hall;
Being interviewed by the legendary Vaughn Harper on WBLS' "Quiet Storm";
Performing as a featured artist in a CD101.9 concert at the Meadowlands in NJ;
Performing with New Orleans pianist, Henry Butler, at the "Jazz 'n Caz" festival in Cazenovia, NY;
Appearing on soap operas, including "Guiding Light," "As The World Turns," “Loving";
Earning a credit as "Associate Executive Producer" of the Grammy-nominated CD box set of Frank Sinatra’s Columbia recordings;
Having her digital artwork featured at galleries in NYC and beyond;
RIA'S TALENTED CO-PRODUCERS AND MUSICIANS HAVE INCLUDED...
Drummer/producer/co-writer TREVOR GALE (Whitney Houston, George Benson, Vanessa Williams), bassist/cowriter MARK WHITE (Spin Doctors), saxophonist FRANK ELMO (Julian Lennon, Southside Johnny), guitarist ADAM FALCON (Roberta Flack, George Benson), producer/cowriter HUBERT EAVES III (D-Train, Phyllis Hyman, etc.), pianist/composer/cowriter CHUCK LAMB (Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Dry Jack) and more.
Ria is presently writing songs for a new EP/album, which will be released in 2023 and will include several singles before then. The EP will feature Ria on vocals and piano, various talented instrumentalists and special guest pianist, Chuck Lamb.
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