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The Britdow Show-Featuring Vera Riley

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 Vera has been blessed with a rare musical gift and ability to connect with all types of audiences. Award-winning gospel artist Vickie Winans says that from the moment Vera opens her mouth, you get “goose bumps” and the hair on your neck is raised.

Vera’s love for music began at an early age in Saginaw/Lansing, Michigan. Her mother taught music, and introduced her daughter to various styles of music, including; classical, jazz, the standards, and gospel. Those different styles of music would help shape Vera as a singer.

Vera graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Journalism/Latino Studies. An accomplished television journalist, Vera has worked for NBC affiliates in Lansing, Michigan and New Orleans, Louisiana. She is also an instructor of journalism courses for youth with the Reaching Higher Program.

While achieving her journalistic goals, Vera continues to pursue her passion for music and singing. In 2005, she auditioned and landed a leading role in the Freddie L. Thomas gospel musical stage play “When Love Goes Bad”.  She has also been fortunate to share the stage with premiere gospel artists Vickie Winans, Micah Stampley and Beverly Crawford just to name a few.

In February 2011, Vera released her new single entitled “Grateful” produced by Michael “Godchyld” Williams. The song was released digitally through Universal Motown (UniMO). The internet portal emusic.com listed “Grateful” as the most downloaded song by a UniMo Digital Distribution artist for the month of March. It was the only release by a Christian artist on the label.