Riley Jordan started seriously singing to records at the age of 11. She started playing guitar at the age of 13 and went on to write her first song that year. In her teen years, she played bass guitar in a jazz band and sang for pleasure with friends doing mainly harmony-based vocal stuff. She also went on to perform in cover bands while forming the Elizabeth Scott Band. (In Australia, she had quite a different musical direction as a young artist and, upon reaching her thirties, decided she wanted to go deeper into new influences, so the name Riley Jordan was born to complement the new feel and to separate herself from the body of work that had gone before.)
During this period she was educated on how to work with sequencers and recording equipment. Another aspect of her education was learning to arrange and record songs from start to finish. Riley Jordan got to perform on The Midday Show for the first time in 1985, and appeared another three times. In 1987, she released two pop singles as Elizabeth Scott to excellent reviews. In 1987, she appeared on some TV shows like Hey Hey It's Saturday! and did some radio appearances. In 1991, Scott worked in various bands around town and made the move to Melbourne's hills. This is when she decided to take time off to regroup and think about what she wanted to do next. In 1992 she started getting into dance grooves and studied how to work with loops -- sampled drum patterns. During this period she worked on her guitar playing, with a view at being able to accompany herself solo. She also began to develop her earthy vocal style and develop songs for the new earthy, soulful concept. In 1994 the name Riley Jordan was born to represent her new musical direction.
Riley Jordan has absorbed many styles of music, through her work with diverse groups of musicians over many years in the Melbourne music scene. Her style is a mixture of roots music including blues, soul, and folk. Her music has been described as having elements of Grace Jones, Tina Turner, Des'ree, and Marianne Faithful. To these influences she brings a large dose of her own originality, so much so that it is hard to pigeonhole her style. Fans of her music consider it to be earthy and sophisticated. She is foremost a vocalist, but is also adept on the bass and rhythm guitar. Riley Jordan has even been known to dabble in percussion and keyboards. One of the strengths she brings to the table includes her many years of songwriting, having received notable recognition in various songwriting competitions. Riley Jordan has developed a love of arranging and producing her own material as her debut CD, Down the Mother's Track, aptly displays. Some highlights in her career include The Frankston Guitar Festival 2000, The National Folk Festival in Canberra, Melbourne Fringe Festival, The Great Southern Sounds Festival at the National Gallery Melbourne, opening the Music Industry Conference 1998 at Victoria University, and Melbourne Muso's TV show for Channel 31. ~ Larry Belanger, Rovi