With a riveting passion for music, it’s clear that Morgan Riley offers something new to country audiences. Her newest release Collage is just that – a melting pot of genres with a honky-tonk rhythm. Riley has handled each curve with hope and exuberance – all the while trying to connect with her new country fan base.
“I’m a firm believer in everything happening for a reason – everything that’s happened throughout my life has led to my relationship with SkyTone and the release of this album. I couldn’t be happier.”
A Maryland native, Riley knew she was destined to be a singer. Impressed by their daughter’s obvious talents, Riley’s parents were her greatest supporters in her pursuit of a music career. At a young age, Riley sang at weddings, anniversary parties, and by 15, she was recording at a local studio. With confident experience gained in live and studio performance, she made the move to the Big Apple at 18. While in New York City, Riley found herself regularly performing pop-R&B and recording at the legendary Hit Factory Studio. Her interest in country led her to move back to Greenville, South Carolina to begin perfecting her country edge.
With her father’s inspiring words not to give up on her dreams, it has paid off. She beat out 4,300 people for the Pride of Carolinas and received single placement on the competition’s compilation album by Koch New York, featuring the best artists in North and South Carolina. After, she worked with producer Chris Clay (TLC) on her album Affinity. Affinity landed in the lap of veteran producer and engineer Frank Green, whose track record includes multiple number one hits, gold, and platinum albums. After performing for Green, he quickly signed Morgan to his label, SkyTone Entertainment.
Soon after, Riley and Green began writing together for Collage – a writing relationship whose chemistry she describes as “off the chart”. Drawing inspiration from her musical influences like – Carrie Underwood, Alanis Morrisette, and Jewel – has given her unparalleled flexibility when it comes to writing.
“I’ve taken bits and pieces from different genres and pulled them into my writing. Collage is very much a product of that…representing my voice. Now that I’ve found my country side, I can’t wait to share it with fans.”
“Rowdy Shoutin’ Cowboys,” a single off the Collage album, was co-written by Riley and Green and an excellent representation of their captivating style. Reaching thousands of views on YouTube, her music video for “Rowdy Shoutin’ Cowboys” shows off her personality and dance skills as a performer, as well as cameos of local Nashville fame. Even after the release of her recent album Collage in June, Riley continues to write and perform on her tour.
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