Kit Riley

Kit Riley’s life has been a symphony of dedication, talent, and versatility, composing melodies that resonate across stages, screens, and studios alike. With a Bachelor of Music Performance in Improvisation from the Victorian College of the Arts at The University of Melbourne, Riley embarked on a journey that would see him become a fixture in Australia’s music landscape.


His foray into television and musicals began with notable appearances on Channel 10’s “Dancing With The Stars” during the 2020 season, showcasing his musical prowess to a national audience. Riley’s contributions extended to iconic events like the Good Friday Appeal on Channel 7 and performances alongside luminaries such as Jack Jones of Southern Sons Band and John Stevens.


The glitz and glamour of the Logies stage also bore witness to Riley’s talents, with performances alongside international acts like Andy Grammer from the USA in 2017 and Canadian crooner Michael Buble in 2013. His musical journey further unfolded on platforms like “The Today Show,” where he shared the stage with Andy Grammer once more, captivating audiences with his virtuosity.


Riley’s theatrical flair shone brightly in productions like “Shane Warne: The Musical,” where he contributed as an orchestra member for the Australian Cast Recording, immortalizing his artistry on CD released in June 2014. His versatility was further showcased on beloved Australian programs such as Channel 9’s “Hey Hey It’s Saturday,” where he lent his talents as a member of the house band, supporting a diverse array of artists including Craig David, Celtic Woman, and Marcia Hines.


In 2009, Riley became a vital cog in the musical machinery of “Australia’s Got Talent,” serving as a member of the house band for the finals, adding depth and dimension to the performances of contestants. His musical journey continued to intersect with iconic Australian programs like “The Footy Show” and events like the AFL Grand Final breakfast, where his performances added a vibrant soundtrack to cherished Australian traditions.


Beyond the dazzle of television, Riley’s live performances have left an indelible mark on audiences nationwide. His collaborations span an impressive array of artists and bands, including luminaries such as Ross Wilson of Daddy Cool, Baby Animals, and Jenny Morris. Whether sharing the stage with rock legends or emerging talents, Riley’s commitment to musical excellence is unwavering, his bass lines forming the backbone of countless memorable performances.


In the studio, Riley’s contributions are equally profound, lending his bass talents to recording sessions for artists like King Canyon, The Badloves, and Bonnie Anderson, among others. His ability to translate emotion into sound has made him a sought-after collaborator, enriching recordings with depth and texture.


Kit Riley’s journey through music is a testament to the transformative power of artistry and collaboration. From the glimmer of television screens to the intimacy of recording studios, his melodies resonate with passion, leaving an enduring legacy in the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide.

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