Ever since deciding to pursue music in 2016, Amanda Rose Riley has been the epitome of DIY gusto. Along with releasing albums on her own, she has successfully executed tours overseas and at home, never hesitating to organize a house show, busk in a public place, or hit an open mic to fill in any gaps. Her persistence has enabled her to perform alongside the likes of the Bouncing Souls and Frank Turner.
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.
The COVID-19 shutdown has not stopped Amanda from putting out her second studio release, Better – an album she hopes can remind listeners that “we can always be better as people, as a society, and at whatever it is that we do.” Her quarantine plans include a weekly Facebook Live show (Wednesdays at 4 pm) with a varying theme, a virtual “tour” of various pages and groups, and other collaborations to be announced.