Exclusive: Hear Riley Roth’s Bubbly Debut Single ‘Friendly’

The up-and-coming singer-songwriter's busbsee-produced bop tells the story of a friendship turned more.

Written by Drew Pearce
Exclusive: Hear Riley Roth’s Bubbly Debut Single ‘Friendly’
Riley Roth, photographed by John Shearer

Budding singer-songwriter Riley Roth is set to make her debut in the country music world with the release of her single “Friendly” on Thursday (2/14).

“Somehow you always seem to be there wide awake, when it’s 2 a.m. and I’m needing a late-night conversation,” the 20-year-old songstress sings in the first verse with a casual groove accompanied by a rhythm-and-blues-inspired beat paired with a call and response between a guitar and mandolin. Roth transitions into a soaring chorus, effortlessly showing off her powerful vocals.

“Friendly is about what it’s like when you first start falling for someone – when a friendship turns into something a little more,” said Roth. “There’s this period where the lines get blurred a little bit and you’re not sure if they’re into you or just being ‘friendly.’ It has definitely happened to me before, so of course I had to write a song about it!”

In crafting “Friendly,” the rising star teamed with country hitmaker busbee, who served as the producer and has previously worked with the likes of Carly Pearce and Maren Morris.“Riley has that rare ability to communicate directly to listeners at every level, and to her peers in particular,” busbee said. “It’s a product of her heart, her dedication, her skill and her work ethic, and when an artist can marry those traits with the right songs and records, anything is possible.”

With the release of “Friendly,” Roth cements herself as one to watch out for on the country scene, and we have a feeling this is the start of big things to come for the singer.

You can listen to the bubbly bop above.