Following the release of her debut EP in 2012 and a string of festival appearances, Ria Ritchie returns with 'Wrong Side Of Paradise', a collection of new tracks that further cement the singer-songwriter as one of the most exciting new British artists to emerge in years.
Lead track 'Wrong Side Of Paradise', an acoustic idyll built around layers of subtle instrumentation, was written with Dee Adam and recounts feelings of life on the road touring and missing home comforts. "Being a bit of a homely girl, I wanted to write a song about being away from your comfort zone or in a place that you didn't know, and wanting to go back home to the place you love," Ria says.
Home is Lowestoft and the place it all began for Ria. Recording cover songs in her bedroom and uploading them on YouTube, she quickly started to build up a fanbase and soon caught the attention of influential people in the music industry, which would take her on a fairytale journey of epic proportions.
Plan B was one of the first people to spot Ria's undeniable talents, and immediately invited her down to his London for a writing and studio session. The track 'Peculiar' came about as the pair sat (over a bottle of JD!) with an acoustic guitar and worked on the chords and melodies together. "The theme of the song came about because I kind of wanted to write a payback song for girls who had been treated bad or cheated on, and I was sure both women and men can relate. It's kind of a revenge redemption song for anyone."
Following her online success - to date Ria has over 10 million YouTube views and 35k subscribers - she quickly became a regular on the gigging circuit, supporting acts including Example and Wretch 32. In between live shows, she worked with the likes of Craze & Hoax (Emeli Sande, Dot Rotten), Futurecut (Lily Allen, Rizzle Kicks, Olly Murs) and Sam Frank (Skream).
'Wrong Side Of Paradise' is available on iTunes now.
1. Wrong Side Of Paradise
2. Cracks On The Walls
5. Only One
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