Songwriter of the Month: JAMES RILEY
January 2016, and London-born singer-songwriter James Riley is touching down in Nashville after a year packed with US and UK performances, returning to his adopted home to start work on his fan-funded début album.
Having started his journey six years ago when he penned a handful of songs whilst hitchhiking to Istanbul, Riley spent the following years honing his craft on the London folk circuit, self-releasing records, winning occasional awards, playing to growing festival crowds and receiving critical acclaim from the BBC and PBS for his dreamily poetic lyrics and “fiendishly proficient” bluegrass & soul guitar style.
After making the decision to cross the pond in 2015, James laid his hat down in Tennessee, and began to immerse himself in the culture and sound of Music City. What has followed has been a period of creative renewal for Riley, with a flood of new influences giving birth to a slew of fresh material. With tours on both sides of the Atlantic to accompany his debut album's release this fall, finally James's momentum is starting to gather like never before.