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Riya J Singer/Songwriter (pronounced Rye*ya) meaning "Singer" in hindu. MaRiya Jenkins born & raised a native of Gary Indiana, a city that produced the King Of Pop Michael Jackson, sister Janet Jackson, and numerous music legends such as Denise Williams & many more. Riya J pursued her passion for both writing & performing at a very early age. Becoming the first femal (self taught) drummer for her church Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church which broadcast live most of her childhood. She also performed her first singing solo at the age of 5 in front of a congregation of 2500.
Riya J, influenced by all genres of music with her Pastor/Father being a gospel singer, she molded her sound in appreciating R&B, NeoSoul, Jazz, Gospel, and Blues. She wrote & performed her first original song in church at the age of 10. Having traveled practically all 50 states in the US by the age of 5, Riya J experienced a great deal. Her Love & Passion for people fueled her phenomenal lyrical pen. She writes with a PASSION & SOULFULNESS far Beyond Her Years. For the next generation to come, Riya J has a Phenomenal gift to offer the world!!
"I want my music to be able to make you feel SOMETHING, we all have a song to sing regardless the situation and music is the perfect antidote".