Amy Wadge and Pete Riley first came together a little over two years ago to do some writing together. They immediately clicked and after many years as solo artists or as members of various bands, they decided to collaborate and have been touring, writing and recording together ever since. Together they penned an album's worth of material and have now decided to release it. The new album, "Rivers Apart", which they have also co-produced, is set for release on March 17, 2011 to coincide with their brand new UK Tour.
Amy returns to the road after a year out to have a second baby. She is widely regarded as one of the country's most successful female singer/songwriters. Over the course of five solo albums, two collaborations, numerous compositions for other artists and hundreds of live performances all over the globe, she has established an outstanding body of work. Her voice is simply amazing with a breathtaking range and emotional impact while her songwriting continues to surpass most of her contemporaries.
Born and raised in Liverpool, England, Pete Riley has been playing music ever since he can remember. He played his first gig in Liverpool doing Beatles covers at the age of 12 and realised after being paid £15 that this was what he was going to do with rest of his life.
He went on to play in numerous bands, touring the British Isles throughout the 80s and early 90s. In Late '96 his band, Treehouse, decided to try their luck in the USA. They were strongly advised against it as it would be a costly mistake but they went ahead regardless with the loyal backing of there then manager, Dan Priest and set off for America.
After grinding it out in the venues of Los Angeles (Whiskey A Go-Go, The Troubadour etc.) word got around about the band from Liverpool and they were invited to play an impromptu gig at Borders Book Store on Sunset Strip. They were spotted and the boys amazingly landed themselves a record deal with Atlantic records.
Pete toured the U.S.A. with Treehouse who went on to release their debut album Nobody's Monkey in 1997. In 2001 the band split up after one last final tour opening for The Cranberries in the U.K.
Pete then went on to tour solo acoustic in the U.K. and Ireland. On release of his first solo album, "After The Parade", Pete was invited back to the USA to open for the American, platinum selling artist, Edwin McCain whom he had struck up a solid friendship. After opening for a couple of months he was then asked by Edwin to join his band (EMB) as a permanent member.
Over the past few years he has been writing/recording and producing with a lot of different artists from all over the world, including Edwin McCain, Narada Michael Walden, Maia Sharp, Angie Aparo, Kevn Kinney, Henry Priestman UK (The Christians), Deadmono (Sweden) and most recently with Amy.
Pete has numerous TV appearances to his credit including VH1, BBC and CBS Good Morning America and his songs also feature in the Warner Bros T.V. drama "Jack and Bobby" and internationally released 2010, Miley Cyrus, Disney movie, "The Last Song". More recently Pete has toured with Henry Priestman and has co-written 2 tracks with Henry for his new album which will be released on Universal Records in 2011.