Earthy grit. Rootsy and soft. A distinct voice. At its core, Ashley Riley’s music is best described as sophisticated indie/Americana. There’s a dreamy quality to the songs, yet lyrically they capture the essence of the more honest moments of our days: those seemingly ordinary moments that suddenly take your breath away or make you weak in the knees, those moments that prove to us that oftentimes the most extraordinary moments are found in our everyday lives. Riley takes this sentiment to heart – there is something there that we will all relate to.
New Noise Magazine called her “one of the best obscure female artists I've heard in, well, ever,” and In- Forty.com declared her a “female songstress everyone would be wise to spend time with.” Women of Sub- stance Radio noted: “Ashley's songs have an ethereal and delicate quality... Her reverence for Americana artists like Neil Young and Patty Griffin is unmistakable. She pens lyrics that are unsettling and some- times even disturbing, as all good lyrics should be.” Illinois Entertainer trumpeted: “Make no mistake, Ashley Riley has an utterly gorgeous voice and a sound all her own.” Seven of the nine songs on her third album, All The Pretty Things, can be heard in rotation on Starbucks in-store airplay. With her latest EP, Riley made the decision to plant both feet firmly into the softer side of her sound and the result is a gorgeous and heartfelt collection of songs that pulls you in close and holds your attention. Says Riley: “A lot of songwriters refer to their songs as their children, but to me, these songs feel like a conversation with an old friend. Maybe it's because most of the songs go back to when I first started writing. I’m excited to share them.”