She also co-wrote the tune and, in an interview with ION Magazine, said the song actually came together “really, really fast.”
“I’ve written hundreds of songs over the years and I think, stylistically, they’ve all evolved and grown up as I did,” Riley told the site. “I would say (“Heartbreak Back”) is one of my favorite ones to come out in a while. It’s the perfect blend between pop with a soulful cool edge and brings in elements of EDM too, which I love.”
“Heartbreak Back” turned out to be the only original Riley released in 2018, but she also posted a series of covers to iTunes, ranging from Camila Cabello’s “Havana” to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.”
Speaking of covers, since making the Top 20 on The Voice Season 9, Riley entered a Best Cover Ever competition, earning the right to duet with Katy Perry on her song “Witness.”
Since The Voice, Riley also released an EP in 2016, toured with Nick Carter and moved from Atlanta to Los Angeles.
Here’s “Heartbreak Back.”
Editor’s Note: By my count, former contestants from The Voice released more than 70 albums or EPs, more than 90 music videos and more than 800 original songs in 2018.
This week, I’m featuring my favorites, spotlighting what I’m calling the Top 5 music videos, Top 20 songs and Top 5 albums/EPs.
I hesitate to call them the best because that’s very subjective. Besides, I easily could have made each of these lists five times as long and still omitted lots and lots of great music.
That’s why I grit my teeth when Marshmellow or Ann-Marie or even a coach or advisor winds up with a guest performance spot on The Voice. I’ll never understand why the show doesn’t do more to promote its alumni.
Ah, but this isn’t a time for griping. It’s time to celebrate the accomplishments of talented artists.
I’ve also posted a complete list of post-Voice singles, albums and EPs, with links for your listening pleasure. And a blog with all 90-plus music videos. Please, check them out. Find your own favorites.
And if I’ve missed anyone, let me know. Stage names change. Side projects are created. Tracking the output of 600 post-Voice artists … well, I’ll be shocked if I didn’t miss someone. Just let me know by commenting below or emailing [email protected]. In terms of singles, my goal is to list any where the former contestant is the primary vocalist.
Coming tomorrow: The Top 5 post-Voice albums of 2018.
Top songs (not ranked)
Adanna Duru, “Doll”
Amanda Brown, “Take a Pill”
Amy Vachal, “Wait”
Austin Jenckes, “In My Head”
Brian Nhira, “‘Til Death Do Us Part”
Cartelli, “Last Night’s Mascara”
Chloe Kohanski, “Come This Far”
Christiana Danielle, “Resignation”
Darby, “Save a Thought for Me”
D.R. King & Jackie Foster, “Love is a Drug”
Jamie Lono, “New Orleans”
Johnny Gates, “Brooklyn Nights”
Koryn Hawthorne, “Down Goes Rome”
Loren Allred, “Never Enough”
Matt McAndrew, “Game Over”
Natalie Stovall, “Making Out in Cars”
RaeLynn, “Queens Don’t”
Riley Biederer, “Heartbreak Back”
We McDonald, “Head Up High”
1. Faultlines (Ashley Morgan), “Rain”
2. Sawyer Fredericks, “Hide Your Ghost”
3. Darby, “Play Pretend”
4. Brian Nhira, “Is This Love?”
5. Dawson Coyle, “Saturn”
All 2018 music videos
All 2018 albums and EPs
All 2018 singles
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