All Amanda Rose Riley needs is a guitar in hand and her poignant voice to take you on a beautiful, authentic journey through her love for music. Having performed at a wide variety of venues and festivals across the US East Coast and the UK, Amanda prides herself on an honest song, an open heart, and above all, creating connection.
During the songwriting process, she always thinks about how her songs can touch the lives of others or have a positive impact, for example, by inspiring or comforting listeners. Amanda says the highest compliment she receives is when fans tell her they listen to her music during stressful or discouraging times.
Ever since deciding to pursue music in 2016, Amanda has been the epitome of DIY gusto. Along with releasing albums on her own, she has successfully executed tours overseas and at home in the States, never hesitating to organize a house show, busk in a public place, or hit an open mic to fill in any gaps. Notably, she has established a tradition of performing informally all over the Flogging Molly Cruise for three years in a row, despite never having been officially booked, though it has been a big hit with her fellow shipmates. Her persistence has enabled her to perform alongside the likes of Frank Turner and the Bouncing Souls.
Influenced primarily by quirky indie folk music as well as punk rock, Amanda’s songwriting style is honest, unfiltered, and has a raw storytelling quality that is rare to see in artists today. Secrets I Told to a Sound Hole, her 2018 studio album, featured a collection of songs that served as a diary documenting her artistic journey. Now a year later, Amanda has a new self-produced release, tackling further self-reflective themes, but this time centered around what it means to be a “mid-range millennial” in today’s world.
“I’m excited to be releasing songs on a broader range of ideas and experiences than the last time, while still remaining firmly rooted in my quirky, personal storytelling style,” says Amanda, who’s looking forward to fans hearing this shift, and hopefully relating more to it. “Personally, I find this much more interesting than the tired old love and breakup songs that still seem to dominate every genre of music.”
Millennials Are Going Gray is available now from her website and all major platforms, with more new music to follow in the fall. Fans will be able to catch Amanda this November on the Flogging Molly Cruise once again, as well as on the road back up the East Coast to New Jersey from the cruise’s port in Fort Lauderdale. She also has plans for a European tour next spring. In between, of course, she continues to perform constantly in New Jersey, and on Facebook Live for her non-local fans about once a month.