In our desire to succeed and strive for perfection, it is often difficult to take a stepback
and truly exist in a space to feel its energy while connecting with those around us. This energy
is what the beautiful songstress, Reilly Stith, stage name RYLI, is fostering with her
debut EP, ENTER. “I want to create music where people can channel their inner vibe. I want people to
experience an open mind when vibing to my music, and truly listen to the lyrics in my stories. I
finally realized that I am a storyteller," said RYLI.
A soulful exploration of love, relationships, heartbreak and life as a performer, ENTER,
fuses progressive rhythmic R&B with sultry vocals to create a rich auditory landscape.
“It tells my story,” said RYLI. “I have been songwriting for a long time, however, it was a
journey to find my sound - I wanted to be inspired enough to evolve. With this release, I
have been able to express who I am as an artist, as well as delivering a sound that allowed
me to be a storyteller and connect with my fans."
Like RYLI’s music, RYLI herself is multifaceted. The Virginia Beach, Virginia, native
moved to New York City with her mother at the age of 14 to pursue her dream of being a
performer. She credits this experience along with her degree, in African American
Studies with a minor in Entertainment Business from NYU. Managing a 3.5 GPA, with a
full time career has helped her become the driven individual she is today. “My degree is
something I am very proud of,” said RYLI. “For the past 10 years I have been juggling
my career with the rigorous demands of school. It has afforded me many opportunities while
providing the ability to deal with the stresses of growing up in New York City." RYLI has
modeled for many various brands from JCPenny to Venus Gillette. She has appeared on
various TV shows and feature films. Recently RYLI appeared as a costar playing the
role of Odette in Season 1 of Orange is the New Black. She also played the role of
Myeisha, Ethan Hawke's daughter's best friend, in Antoine Fuqua's, Brooklyn’s Finest.
“Working on these projects was definitely a dream, however I would always sing and write
simultaneously,” said RYLI. “I've been able to work with so many creative people throughout the years
which further fueled my passion for music. I couldn't wait to share my writing with the world,
however, for me it took time to find the courage to be vulnerable."
RYLI began working at Jungle City Studios in 2014 to further her knowledge in this
realm. Jungle City truly helped RYLI craft her sound where she met key members from her
team - producer BLVCKSCOTT and mix engineer, Brendan Morawski. "Both of these
boys really teamed up with an openmind like myself to create this vibey project," said
RYLI. RYLI, BLVCKSCOTT and Morwaski were so inspired with each other that they decided to record the
majority of the project at Rubber Tracks in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Showcasing her eclectic vocal range, production and songwriting skills, ENTER, is the
epitome of an independent woman/artist who is not only driven, powerful and business
savvy, but still deals with life as a performer in New York City. ENTER gives you a
vulnerable collection of songs that discloses RYLI's persona. "It's not easy being a
suburban girl from Virginia, living in New York, juggling school, balancing rocky
relationships, a career and love struggles all at once," said RYLI.
"I want my fans, the vibeTribe, to use my music as inspiration to embrace this idea of
vulnerability," said RYLI. "Showcasing this side of me is not easy, so I want to give the
people music that lets them know I'm just like them. I'm evolving and growing just like
ENTER into the IAMRYLI Movement, and watch the evolution of RYLI.