Sundown Review: Ria Richie
13:00 01 September 2013
The Lowestoft 20-something held her audience captivated in her second performance at the Sundown festival.
Before starting, she admitted that she was slightly nervous in her first performance with a live band. Last year she did an acoustic set, featuring covers that she had posted on YouTube. From her 11 million hits on the social networking site, East London rapper and singer song-writer Plan B hand-picked her to write some material for him, which has led to a collaboration and friendship which has lasted three years.
Kicking off her set at Sundown with last year’s single “Only One” Richie wowed the audience by playing and singing. The singer, managed by another of Norwich’s Access to Music academy’s students, Takeover Entertainment, has a four octave range. On Saturday she was on top form, her voice and music a mix of old blues, new rhythm and a huge amount of heart and soul.
It made an older listener extremely gleeful to hear her upbeat cover of a nineties classic, as she belted out CeCe Penistone’s club hit “Finally”, the song which was classified as the cheesy pop genre even in the 1990s was given a modern and more soulful twist, which would leave a smile on the most miserable of faces.
She followed up by singing a smattering of newer songs from her newly released EP - Wrong Side Of Paradise. Some of the lyrics poetic and deep in nature, but given a pop twist. Sun drenched revellers responded with a buzz to Richie’s enthusiasm and obvious love for the festival and her audience.