Four years ago was when I became a fan of female UK artist Ria Ritchie. A good friend of mine told me about how he discovered her on her YouTube channel, so I decided to check her out and subscribed to her channel. I watched her do many amazing covers of songs from classic artists, such as Lady GaGa, John Legend, James Morrison, Michael Jackson and many more.
Ria Ritchie is an RnB/Soul/Pop singer/songwriter/guitarist from Lowestoft, England. She began her music by learning to play guitar and uploading covers on YouTube, gaining millions of viewers and subscribers in a short amount of time. Her first upload was a cover of ‘Because Of You,’ by Ne-Yo in August 2007.
From Ria’s YouTube videos she was noticed by artist Plan B who saw her Duffy cover of Warwick Avenue. Plan B sent her an e-mail via her MySpace page and a week later, she had the opportunity of rehearsing and playing a few live songs with him. She has also performed quite a few local shows around England.
Ria Ritchie grew up listening to a lot of Motown and soul music and her music is influenced by artists such as Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Keisha White, John Legend, Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Plan B, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Al Green. She has done a few covers from some of these artists on her YouTube page.
With all of Ritchie’s hard work and dedication to her music, she finally signed a publishing deal with EMI Publishing in October 2010. She now continues to write and record music and works with different artists and producers almost every day. She has released her demo on YouTube, called ‘Sick Of Love,’ and other original acoustic songs such as ‘No Way,’ ‘Something Til The End,’ ‘6 Feet Over,’ and ‘Where Did It All Go Wrong.’
Last month, Ria released her debut single and first ever music video, ‘Only One,’ which can be viewed on her YouTube channel,http://www.youtube.com/user/riaritchie or MySpace page,http://www.myspace.com/riaritchiemusic. You can also check out her Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/riaritchiemusic for more info, updates, and show performances. Ria is now continuing to work on her debut album-where there is no specific release date announced yet, she claims she hopes to have new songs for her fans very soon!
Ria Ritchie is a very talented, young, rising artist—I would highly suggest viewing her YouTube page where you can see her playing her covers and own original songs! Ria works hard every day to pursue her dream, so we should definitely expect to see more of her in the future. Stay tuned!