Riya: This is my Time to shine


by ASJAD NAZIR TEENAGE SINGER-SONGWRITER HAS WORLD AT HER FEET AHEAD OF NEW SINGLE LAUNCH THE music industry is always on the look-out for the next young star that will shine and light up the industry with their songs. One newcomer generating a lot of excite­ment ahead of her debut single release is 15-year-old singer/songwriter Riya. The teen­age sensation has teamed up with produc­er Shayal on No Time and will take the first steps towards what looks like a big career. She has already turned down a chance to appear on a big mainstream music reali­ty TV show because of her young age and is making a buzz on UK radio stations. Eastern Eye carries on its long, proud tradition of giving great British stars expo­sure before they go interstellar by catching up with Riya to talk about music, her new single, future hopes and more… Do you remember your first connection to music? I’ve loved music ever since I can remember and have enjoyed singing. (Laughs) I remember I used to record myself on the iPad when I was seven or eight years old. Who first discovered you had a singing talent? It was around the age of 13 that my dad heard me sing a song that I had written, and he asked whose song it was. He couldn’t believe I had written it and started to coach me as he has a great understanding of mainstream music. This has really helped me to improve. What led you towards your debut single? Last August I sang at the Leicester mela. It was my first public performance outside of school and a fantastic experience. Straight after com­ing off-stage I was approached by Shayal, an amazing producer from London. He said he could see potential in me and we started work­ing…

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