Ria Mae has had an outstanding year with the release of her debut full-length album, Under Your Skin, produced by Asif Illyas (MIR). Under Your Skin won the 2012 East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year, Ria was a finalist for the 2011 International Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, and was the Regional Winner and National Runner-up for the 2012 Canada-wide Radio Star Contest.
A versitile artist, Ria Mae creates slick pop songs with universal themes of longing, love lost, and hearts found. Ria toured with Melissa Ferrick and opened for her 17 dates in the US and in Canada; Ferrick is a Boston-based singer-songwriter with two decades of experience and a rapid fan base. From Massachusetts to New York and Nashville, they made one stop in Toronto at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern for the only Canadian date. Back in Halifax, Ria performed a sold-out CD release show and debuted the music video for her first single, the title track, √¢‚Ç¨≈ìUnder Your Skin.√¢‚Ç¨¬ù
Her creativity is a constantly moving target. For her second single, Ria collaborated with hip-hop heavyweight Classified to produce √¢‚Ç¨≈ìLeaving Today√¢‚Ç¨¬ù. The song debuted on Top 40 radio stations across the country, and Ria worked with director Julian Crick to produce a music video, which has garnered thousands of views from her fans in Canada and the US.
Ria showcased at CMJ in New York, NY; at Folk Alliance in Memphis, TN; Canadian Music Week in Toronto, ON; and at ECMA in Moncton, NB; and has shared stage with JUNO award-winner Amelia Curran, JUNO nominee Jenn Grant, Buck 65, and in the US with Chris Velan, Keaton Simons, and Arthur Alligood. A versatile artist, Ria Mae√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s on-screen performance in a film called Snow, written by Rohan Fernando, premiered at California√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s Cinequest Film Festival. The movie won Best Score at the 2011 Atlantic Film Festival, and screened in theatres across the country.