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Cross-hemisphere songstress RIVAH burst on to the scene last year with her debut single “Untame”, produced by Pip Norman (Jarryd James) and Eric J Dubowsky (Flume, Chet Faker). The pop-soul sound, layered vocals, and ripe production caught the attention of the industry across continents and saw the Brisbane based singer split her time between Australia and the US to co-write, record and perform.

The result was a selection of songs for an EP, including the latest single “Cheerleader”, an earworm with a seriously catchy chorus that you’ll find yourself singing at any time of day. The single was developed over nearly a year, initiated with producer Jesse Sewell (Porsches, Super Cruel) before RIVAH returned to the track 8 months later to add the verses from a beach shack in northern NSW.

RIVAH tells us more about “Cheerleader”;  “I was getting my head around what the song was about and how to capture it. I wanted to write a love song that wasn’t about romantic love. I guess I’m singing what I want to hear said to me.”

Having already shared stages with Willow Beats, SAATSUMA and Golden Vessel earlier this year, “Cheerleader” follows singles “Untame” and “Transitional Love” from RIVAH’s debut forthcoming EP due for release via Inertia in September. The video for the single will be released very soon, along with more live shows to be announced in the coming months.

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