Kelly Riley
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Kelly Riley

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | SELF

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
Band Country Singer/Songwriter

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Dec
29
Kelly Riley @ The Gulu-Gulu Cafe,

Salem, Massachusetts, USA

Salem, Massachusetts, USA

Dec
13
Kelly Riley @ Club Passim

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Oct
15
Kelly Riley @ Johnny D's

Somerville, Massachusetts, USA

Somerville, Massachusetts, USA

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The Critics Praise Kelly Riley

"Her voice is amazing, like a blanket on a raw winter evening."
- Double A, Boston Sound Check Magazine

"A voice that is capable of incredible highs and powerful lows." - Doug Sloan, Writer/Reviewer, Metronome Magazine
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"She's an original; I can't think of anyone else that sounds like her."- Barbara Jordan, President, Heavy Hitters Publishing
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"Writing, singing, performing, she has it all." - Pat Pattison, Head Songwriting Professor, Berklee College of Music
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Praise For "Live and You Learn"

"...passionate songs passionately sung." - Joshua Resnek, Vice President/Writer, Chelsea Record

"...an absolutely beautiful singing voice..." - A.E. Yeager, Northeast Performer
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"...her varied approach brings to mind the music of Don Henley..."
- Richard Kamins, The Hartford Courant

"Singer-songwriter Kelly Riley puts her best foot forward on this new recording..." - Doug Sloan, Writer/Reviewer, Metronome Magazine

"Her songs spin volumes of stories in but a few memorable words and melodies"- Don DeCesare, President/General Manager, WLIS & WMRD, Connecticut

"The songs on Kelly Riley's Live and You Learn burn with sincerity and stellar musicianship..."
- Peter Spellman, Director, Career Development, Berklee College of Music

"Live and You Learn is perfectly produced imagery deserving as much exposure as possible. It's a beautiful work."
- Joe Viglione ( allmusic.com )
- Various Industry/Media



"An amazing musical talent ... with a mesmerizing voice capable of hitting the high places easily. Her voice resonates for those of us who like our music to take us far away. (Her) CD is very intense, intelligent, highly evolved... they are songs about love and life, about love lost and gray winters. They are passionate songs passionately sung."

-Joshua Resnek, Vice President/Writer, Chelsea Record

- Chelsea Record (MA)


""This debut album by singer songwriter Kelly Riley is impressive throughout! Touching on many aspects of musical styles, Kelly Riley is very adept in blues, soul, pop, and she performs her ballads beautifully. This album contains some very intense and catchy songwriting with equally strong lyrics. I was very impressed with the depth of the songwriting. Strong and emotional tunes about love and life that really take you in are immediate in Kelly's songwriting. A former Berklee student, Kelly has great knowledge of song crafting and avoids being a "cookie-cutter" songwriter with interesting chord changes and melodies. Her voice is amazing, with a smooth delivery that wraps you like a blanket on a raw winter evening. Kelly Riley, also a successful voice teacher, utilizes great control from beautiful soft passages to powerful "epic" choruses. The musicians are strong on this album and support her songwriting with great conviction. Kelly Riley has really caught my ear and I'm excited to hear a debut album this mature and polished. Faves are "Just Say You'll Be Mine," "Live and You Learn," "Gonna Take Some Time," and the beautifully done "When All Else Fails." An outstanding album by an up-and-coming artist that has the potential to be another "star" from New England!"

-Double A, Boston SoundCheck Magazine



- Boston SoundCheck Magazine


Kelly Riley is a wonderful talent. Writing, singing, performing, she has it all. A great package."

-Pat Pattison, Head Songwriting Professor, Berklee College of Music

- Berkllee College of Music


"Kelly Riley's debut CD, Live and You Learn, is a smartly crafted group of original songs ... there are songs that would sound good on `alternative rock' radio and others that could easily please country music lovers ... her varied approach brings to mind the music of Don Henley, especially the way he takes disparate influences and makes them his. Riley has already found her voice and (is) doing her best to find an audience."

-Richard Kamins, The Hartford Courant

- The Hartford Courant


"Kelly Riley's appearance on WLIS & WMRD was our Spring Highlight. Her personality, and, most importantly, her songs spin volumes of stories in but a few memorable words and melodies. She is welcome with our audience at any time."

-Don DeCesare, President/General Manager, WLIS & WMRD, Connecticut

- WLIS & WMRD Radio


"The songs on Kelly Riley's Live and You Learn burn with sincerity, stellar musicianship and vocal performances up there with the best. Keep 'em coming!"

-Peter Spellman, Director, Career Development, Berklee College of Music

- Berklee College of Music


" ... an absolutely beautiful singing voice... (her lyrics) tight in rhythmic structure... Her song, Love Bug... with its speak-sing intro, draws immediate attention... Kelly has a knack for using incredible musicians... the lead guitar is always driven and always precise... Songs, such as Gonna Take Some Time, that include strings, come off as elegant and well arranged... the elements are there, being excellent singing and musicianship..."
A.E. Yeager, Northeast Performer
"Singer-songwriter Kelly Riley puts her best foot forward on this new recording, featuring her gutsy vocals, multi-instrumental talents and songwriting savvy. Her voice is capable of incredible highs and powerful lows ... this is an effort of merit."

-Doug Sloan, Writer/Reviewer, Metronome Magazine

) - Metronome Magazine, Boston, MA


"Live and You Learn" is an overpowering title track on an overpowering album by Boston-area singer Kelly Riley. The song subsides into "One Kiss for the Road," a real heartbreaker, and the wide scope of this artist spans across the disc, with "When All Else Fails" working like the best of Dan Fogelberg, only from a woman's point of view. The blend of jazz on the fourth track's "See You Again" goes deeper into the introspection; one can learn as much about her passion from the nuances of her voice as they can from the lyrics. There are some amazing women songwriters out there — fellow Bostonians Les Sampou and Deb Pasternak. New York's Deena Miller, L.A.'s Cynthia Catania — all repaving the path Didi Stewart and Aimee Mann pioneered. Much depth is embraced by "See You Again," but an equally important point about this recording is that the moods change like the channels on a television without disrupting the flow of the music, a real balancing act. Riley pulls it off, the muffled Lynda Stephens sax the perfect complement to the cascading \ piano lines of "See You Again." Alongside the singer/songwriter is former Joe Perry drummer Joe Petruzelli, former Willie Alexander bassist Brandon Pritchard, and Jeannie Deva guitarist Joe Mack. "Love Bug" continues shifting scenes, a Rickie Lee Jones-type vamp with a New Orleans feel, background vocals slinking through the mix. "Nothin' Left to Do," yet another song bidding adios to a lost love, has sharp lyrics and equals the title track for intensity. Deb Pasternak works these themes, and like Pasternak, Les Sampou, and the remarkable You Know Me album by Jackie DeShannon, Live and You Learn is perfectly produced imagery deserving as much exposure as possible. It's a beautiful work.

-Joe Viglione, allmusic.com - allmusic.com


Discography

"Live and You Learn"; National and International radio play and placements on Daytime Television programs such as "The Young and the Restless" and "One Life to Live". Currently recording second CD, to be released in Spring, 2011.

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Bio

Kelly Riley is an Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter, a Berklee College of Music Alum and has opened for Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett and shared the stage with Patty Griffin and many others. Many of her songs have been placed on National and International television programs. Among her accolades:

TOP PRIZE, Nashville Songwriter's Assn. International Competition
HONORS AWARD, Great American Song Contest
GRAND PRIZE, Top Performer, Providence Song Slam
FINALIST, Lilith Fair Competition