Ria Curley Songwriter Showcase (hosted by Arthur Gonick)
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs, NY
Singer/songwriter, Ria Curley, got her professional start singing in and directing various musical theater productions in the Central New York area.
After moving to NYC, Ria's creative journey included...
having 22 of her original songs (music and lyrics) published by WARNER-CHAPPELL MUSIC;
receiving New York City airplay on CD101.9 & WBLS with her smooth r&b/jazz CD, "RIA" "take me";
being interviewed as a guest artist on WBLS' "QUIET STORM" with The Whispers & Vaughn Harper;
singing background for Patti Austin on the JOAN RIVERS SHOW;
acting and singing in various commercials and soap operas, including Roy Rogers, Hardees, Ford, 800-FLOWERS, Guiding Light and Loving;
working as Associate Executive Producer on a Grammy-nominated Frank Sinatra CD compilation;
and even teaching JIMMY STEWART the kick line routine for the "Night of 100 Stars" finale at RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL.
Prior to moving to Saratoga Springs in 2003, Ria performed her original songs at numerous New York City area venues, including the MEADOWLANDS Race Track, CBGB's Gallery, China Club, Wilson's and The Bitter End. In Saratoga, Ria performs jazz standards at The Inn At Saratoga, r&b/jazz/rock at Morrissey's and has enjoyed sitting in at One Caroline, Bailey's, Panza's and Gaffney's.
Ria is also proud to contribute her original recording, "Summertown," which she describes as "lazy jazz swing," to "Saratoga Pie" -- a charity benefit CD produced by Grammy-winner Joel Moss and Charlie Eble, aimed at raising money for the Saratoga Center for the Family.
Ria is presently recording an album of jazz standards, co-writing with other artists for their projects, and starting work on a new album of original melodic rock/r&b songs to come out next year. In her free time, Ria dreams of singing a duet with Michael McDonald and riding on the back of a giant sea turtle in the Galapagos Islands. :) For more info, visit her website at www.riacurleymusic.com.