GRAMMY-nominated singer, actress and theatre performer, RILEY better known as Amber Riley unleashes her new single and video for “BGE”.
Short for Big Girl Energy, “BGE” is produced by duo, Sons of Sonix (Justin Bieber, Stormzy) and serves as a celebration of being a grown woman, who is confident in all areas of her life from business to the bedroom. For the song’s music video, RILEY captures both the beauty and joy of black women. Directed by acclaimed visionary, Child (Big Sean, Janelle Monae, Ari Lennox), the video features appearances from Gabourey Sidibe, Jordin Sparks and the mayor of Riley’s hometown of Compton, Aja Brown.
“BGE” is the first single from RILEY’s debut self-titled EP, RILEY, which will be released independently on October 2nd, 2020. The 6-track project serves as an introduction into the woman and artist that RILEY is becoming and how her experiences growing up in Compton as well as Hollywood have shaped her perspectives on life, love and fame. The name RILEY represents the star as her most authentic self, no glitz, no glamour just a young woman whose dream was to become a singer on her own terms.
When asked about “BGE”, RILEY had the following to say: “When I wrote BGE, I was at a point in my life where I was tired of being underestimated by everyone. So I went into the studio to talk my shit. This song is about a lot of things, but mostly it’s about being yourself unapologetically and giving the middle finger to anyone who has a problem with it.”
The global superstar rose to stardom playing “Mercedes Jones” on Ryan Murphy’s critically-acclaimed series, Glee, where she quickly became regarded as the show’s powerhouse voice. This acclaim would quickly help her earn roles in the live TV adaptations of The Wiz Live! & The Little Mermaid Live! as well as the lead role of “Effie White” in the West End debut of Dreamgirls in the fall of 2016, which garnered her 2017 Laurence Olivier Award (UK’s version of the Tony Awards) for Best Actress in a Musical.
With a successful career that spans over a decade, RILEY’s official first foray into music is destined to capture both new and old fans alike with it’s one of a kind and soulful delivery further cementing her place in stardom.
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