Ria Curley

Ria Curley

 Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
BandPopR&B

Somewhere between John Legend, Dido, Sade, Corrinne Bailey Rae, & Michael McDonald lies the smooth, sensual, groove of Ria's "take me" CD (cdbaby.com/cd/ria). Ria's sultry & powerful voice also lends itself well to sultry blues & jazz standards - think Ella meets Diana Krall. Very kewl.

Biography

Singer/songwriter, Ria Curley, is the first-born of six siblings originally from beautiful Upstate New York.

Ria's experiences to date have included...

having 22 of her songs (music and lyrics) published by WARNER-CHAPPELL MUSIC;

receiving New York City airplay on CD101.9 & WBLS Quiet Storm with her smooth r&b/jazz CD, "RIA" "take me";

being interviewed as a guest artist on WBLS' "QUIET STORM" with The Whispers & Vaughn Harper;

singing background for Patti Austin;

acting and singing in various commercials and soap operas, including Roy Rogers, Hardees, Ford, 800-FLOWERS, Guiding Light and Loving;

working as Associate Executive Producer on a Grammy-nominated Frank Sinatra CD compilation;

and even teaching JIMMY STEWART the kick line finale for the "Night of 100 Stars" finale at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL.

Prior to moving to Saratoga Springs, NY in 2003, Ria performed her original songs at numerous New York City area venues, including the Meadowlands Race Track, CBGB's 313 Gallery, China Club, Wilson's & The Bitter End. In Saratoga, Ria performs at the Circus Cafe & the Inn At Saratoga, and has enjoyed sitting in at One Caroline, Bailey's, Panza's and Gaffney's.

Ria just recorded a "lazy-swing" jazz tune called "Summertown" for a Saratoga charity compilation album ("Saratoga Pie") produced by Grammy-winner Joel Moss, and Charlie Eble, and featuring some of Saratoga's best musical talent. Ria is also presently co-writing for other artists and recording an album of groove-oriented melodic rock originals, to come out this fall. In her free time, Ria dreams of singing a duet with Michael McDonald... and riding on the back of a giant sea turlte in the Galapagos Islands. :)

Lyrics

Something's Changed

Written By: Ria Curley


Tell me, did you know that you were leaving?
You see, you didn't even call to say goodbye
I know I must be brave, but I'm afraid... cuz something's changed

Tell me, did you know that you were dying?
Did you lie awake that night and were you scared?
Are you in heaven now? Please hear my prayer... cuz
Something's changed... something's changed...
Something's changed In my life...

I always thought that you would be there
I thought I had time to make it right... to make a difference (did I make a difference?)
Forgive me if I ramble, I'm trying to live and learn
But all I know is lately... it hurts

Tell me, do you know that I still see you
In the window there you used to wave goodnight
And I'm a child again, please don't turn out the light, cuz
Something's changed... something's changed...
Something's changed In my life...

My whole life...

He's Gone

Written By: Ria Curley, Amy Powers

He's gone... God bless today that I'm not waiting for his call... no more battles no more backs against the wall... it should be easy now, he's gone... He's gone... lose all these tears and take his picture from the shelf... he only made the move I should have made myself... so why hold on now that he's gone... Does he know that in the dark I'm still waiting... the night makes prisoners of us all... I can see the dawn, but the dreams refuse to go... can I be strong... knowing... He's gone... each hour crowded with the reasons he won't stay... full of a thousand things I'll never get to say... I almost know where we went wrong... why ask when anyway... he's gone.

Tell Me When The Ending Started

Written By: Ria Curley

Ok, you win, ok we lose, and you walk out that door... I wonder why I choke on lines rehearsed... Even if my tears won't fall, you know the way I feel... so if it's time for last goodbyes, you'll have to say it first...

I think of sleeping in your arms, you think of men I knew... you don't have to play that game to leave... whatever's wrong you've made your choice, and I'm not one to plead... but help me understand cuz all I gave was everything...

Tell me when the ending started, tell me when you changed your mind... show me how I missed the warnings and the signs... Tell me when the ending started, don't labor to be kind... but leave me wiser... for next time...

I look into your eyes, you check the time, you're running late... obligatory kiss but nothing's there... Give me back my dreams and go cuz I can't love for two... but before you leave I need a reason not to care...

Tell me when the ending started, tell me when you changed your mind... show me how I missed the warnings and the signs... Tell me when the ending started, don't labor to be kind... but leave me wiser... for next time...

Oh don't you think it's strange how quickly love can turn away... yesterday I loved so strong, and now today I watch it fade...

Tell me when the ending started, tell me when you changed your mind... show me how I missed the warnings and the signs... Tell me when the ending started, don't labor to be kind... but leave me wiser... for next time...

Summertown (Saratoga Springs)

Written By: Ria Curley

I'm in the mood for porches and lemonade, in the mood for the horses at the gate and I can't wait for strolling around... like hand in glove let's fall in love in Summertown
I'm in the mood for dancing in candlelight, in the mood for street music every night and time for you and me to be found... like stars above let's light up love in Summertown

I'm in the mood for ballet beneath the moon, in the mood for just sleeping in till noon, oh I want time for us to be real... we'll set it down, two lovers found in Summertown

I'm in the mood for the geysers and the springs, in the mood for just you and anything, oh I can't wait for waht we feel... we'll get it down, two lovers found in Summertown... we'll get it down, two lovers found in Summertown... we'll get it down, two lovers found in Summertown

How Does She Touch Him (When He Is In My Arms)?

Written By: Ria

Lying here awake, I don't know what to do... the clock strikes 4... wondering where we've been and where we're going to... and wanting more... now I hear him crying in a dream, last night the same... and I'm praying I'm not gonna hear when he calls, he's calling out her name...

How does she touch him when he is in my arms? How does she hold him when I lie near his heart? How does he feel her in every move I make? How can I touch him, I've got to find a way... got to find a way...will I find a way...

Lying here again and thinking bout the days love touched his smile... how he held me tight and how he'd call to say let's love a while... oh I dream of lovelight in the fire... having it all... and memories of all those happy hours before, before he heard her call...

How does she touch him when he is in my arms? How does she hold him when I lie near his heart? How does he feel her in every move I make? How can I touch him, I've got to find a way... will I find a way... got to find a way...

In lonely times this heart of mine told me that I should go... but now I see I'm not gonna leave... time is on my side, we just need time to grow, tell me

How does she touch him when he is in my arms? How does she hold him when I lie near his heart? How does he feel her in every move I make? How can I touch him, I've got to find a way... never walk away... got to find a way...

Discography

Ria "take me" CD, featuring "Take Me," "Can I Bring You Flowers," "Introspection," "Ready 4 Luv," more...

Set List

R&B/POP/ROCK SET: RIA ORIGINALS from "take me" CD & upcoming new record. Also Sade, Dido, Dylan, Elvis (slow sexy fun version of Hound Dog), Roberta Flack, Pointer Sisters, Steely Dan, Down On The Corner, Somethin To Talk About, Mustang Sally, Dirty Work, Sting Me (slow 12 bar blues), Change The World, Voodoo Child, Knockin On Heaven's Door, Fire & Rain, Tears In Heaven, Heat Wave, Angel From Montgomery, I Can't Make You Love Me, Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Clapton, more...

JAZZ STANDARDS SET: Fly Me To The Moon, Autumn Leaves, Can't Get Out Of This Mood, Summertown (original), Crazy Rhythm, I Got Rhythm, Got The Sun In The Morning, It Had To Be You, Fascinating Rhythm, Moondance, Girl From Ipanema, L.O.V.E. (bossa style), slow jazzy Hound Dog, Summertime, Summer Wind, Too Darn Hot, Moon River,
Fever, Wonderful World... more...