RIA

FRESH: ‘I’m Good’ – RIA

RIA says, “I’m Good”!

by Christopher Smith

At seventeen, pop songstress RIA has done more in her young life than many established artists can attest to. But that’s no surprise to anyone who meets the driven and exceptionally talented young girl who took to the stage at seven years of age and embarked on a journey of passion that has seen her jump from success to success. With her powerful and unique vocal style, her presence was immediate as she began her professional career in 2014, participating in Mini Pop Kids 12 and a year later Mini Pop Kids 13. This led to tours and afforded her casting opportunities for television, including participating in the first season of CTV’s The Launch. Thereafter, Ria met the management team at Arrival Music Group Inc., who began recording her soon to be released debut EP.

“The music will be modern, contemporary, a variation of different things, but you can hear an old school vibe, hip, SZA kind of vibe. It takes you all over”. Now in grade 12, Ria, or Victoria Azevedo, as she is known to those in her community, divides her time between school and music and shares her inspirational outlook by saying, “Be true to yourself and don’t let anyone change you just because they don’t like what you are doing. I think uniqueness is essential, especially with this generation. Bring out what’s different because that’s the whole point. If we were all the same, life would be dull”. With the launch of her debut single and video for “I’m Good” already getting industry attention and with a Canadian radio tour behind her, RIA is poised to share her unique passion with the world and can guarantee that her performances, like her life, will be anything but boring.

For more about RIA, check out her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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