Chilled out fresh steelpan with soothing vocals are some of the flavors of Bickley Rivera’s music. The way this artist infuses steelpan (or steeldrum) with smooth jazz/chill/reggae is groundbreaking. Her albums cover the range of Chill (Chillin' After Five), Smooth Jazz (Breaking the Mold) and Reggae (Positive Vibez).
Jonathon Widran, Music and Entertainment Journalist: “the eclectic artist takes the pans into a more mainstream pop-jazz context with more exotic twists than the limes on the tropical bar counter. It’s great to hear independent music that’s this accessible yet bold and original, melodic and grooving like great smooth jazz should be but with such unique instrumentation.”
Ronald Jackson, Smooth Jazz Ride publication: Bickley's music has "a groove that just says 'chill,' " and "this new, attractive young artist shows us that she knows her way around not only the pans and keys but how to comfortably intermingle her style with the type of magnetic magic that has propelled other artists with a vision to produce a solo signature touch ".
Denis Poole, Smooth Jazz Therapy and Solar Radio: “With a brand of music that she describes as ‘Nujazz & Chillout’, but which in reality is where smooth jazz meets chill, she has come up with a great collection of eleven original compositions and one fabulous cover that overall cannot fail to get her noticed.”
Bickley performs in the US and Caribbean with her Island Chill group.