Ria Barkr is no stranger to the stage, having worked with Broadway actors and even appearing on America’s Got Talent when she was just 14 years old.
However, Ria, the artist, only came to prominence in 2017. She felt ready to sing her own truth after a recording session with Jeff Franzel, a jazz pianist and composer who had loved Ria’s interpretation of Etta James’ “At Last.”
It was a musical marriage made in heaven when two producers from the other side of the world found her online in 2018 and discovered her talent for penning over an appealing palette of smokey, gritty sounds.
After that, she had a flurry of local, national, and festival appearances as she discovered her own creative voice and direction in music. The young singer-songwriter is already an established R&B pioneer who isn’t afraid to shake things up.
During the worldwide shutdown in 2020, Ria gave up her prior stage identity and resigned to the cosmos in order to focus on her own personal development. By tapping into her own well of imagination, she was able to produce a whole new collection that defies society’s perceptions of what it means to be a woman.