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PREMIERE: Amanda Rose Riley’s “Sharing a Stage” (RIYL: Allison Weiss, Michelle Branch, Frank Turner)

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Infectious is proud to partner with newcomer Amanda Rose Riley (RIYL: Allison Weiss, Michelle Branch, and Frank Turner) for the premiere of her debut track, “Sharing a Stage” off the upcoming full-length, Secrets I Told to a Sound Hole. The song is an ode to Frank Turner, a personal hero of Amanda’s, as well as someone she’s shared the stage with. There are even a few FT lyric references in there for diehard fans.

“Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll agree that an album about my journey with music wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t allude to Frank Turner, who was really an impetus for me to start taking songwriting seriously and put some effort into a potential career in music,” explains Amanda. “Sharing a Stage” begins by imagining that a small, dirty, uncomfortable stage that I’m currently playing is the same one that he played years earlier, when he was at my level (so, also a figurative stage). It doesn’t really have anything to do with the usual meaning of sharing a stage, as in playing a show together, even though we have in a way! There are a couple of Frank Turner lyric references in the song for fans, but I don’t really see it as just a personal song about me and my role model. It’s about that whole experience of being inspired by another person’s hard work and achievements, and actually acting on that inspired feeling by being bold yourself and taking those steps in that direction. I think almost every dream begins that way and it can be very powerful.”

Secrets I Told to a Sound Hole was recorded at Portrait Recording Studios in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, and harnesses Riley’s blossoming signature style. Comforting, calming, and, at times, even cathartic, it is an insightful collection that draws on the experiences she has lived on her musical journey so far, a journey that has taken her on the seas two years in a row aboard the Flogging Molly Cruise, to the stage at Asbury Park’s famed Stone Pony, and that has allowed her to perform with one of her biggest artistic inspirations, Frank TurnerSecrets I Told to a Sound Hole drops March 2nd, 2018.

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