Meet Riva Taylor – artist, songwriter, performer, feminist + label owner.
Currently collaborating with the likes of John Foyle (FKA Twigs, Sampha, The XX), Jakwob (Celeste, Little Simz, Charlie XCX), Jamie Hartman (Rag n Bone Man, Celeste, Lewis Capaldi), Katie Melua, Joe Godard, Jimmy Hogath (Amy Winhouse, Sia), Craigie Dodds. Her new music has been held to esteem by Sir Elton John and Pete Tong.
Her latest track Woman is released today and is a song of defiance and strength but also nods to the vulnerabilities that can be felt when navigating womanhood. Riva says, ‘It acknowledges that sometimes we seek human support and safety (for me, the idea of being a girl again in the arms of my biggest supporter, my father) through our journey to realising our own personal satisfactions and successes. It acknowledges that sometimes, life doesn’t work out as our childhood selves had planned, but those are things we can overcome together.’
The track is illustrated by an incredibly powerful music video that is all about women supporting women. It includes females with a story to tell, pioneers of change: artists, founders, designers, entrepreneurs. Ones that Riva herself admires. They have all come together to tell this song’s story.’
Women in the video include:
ASMA KAHN – Founder of Covent Garden eatery Darjeeling Express. On Sundays, when her restaurant is is closed, she offers free use of the premises to women who are aspiring chefs and restaurateurs who would like to host supper clubs.Business Insider named her number one on their 2019 list of “100 Coolest People in Food and Drink”.
EMMA LUCY – Clairvoyant, healer and author of The Power Of Crystal Healing. She has the power to help those in need with the use of her healing energy and crystals.
ENAM GBWENYO – Artist, curator and co-sounder of the BBFA Collective (Black British Female Artists Collective) – a platform for the best female emerging artists.
SILJE VALLEVIK – Norwegian contemporary lifestyle brand with sustainable mission, Silje has all female led and run London/Bulgarian production focussing on female fusion pieces that transcends dress codes and destinations.
HOLLY RUBENSTEIN – Journalist and podcast presenter of the UKs number 1 travel podcast.
POLLY SCATTERGOOD – British singer/songwriter signed to MUTE records.
ROWENA ALICE – BBC Radio and entertainment reporter. As part of her music focussed Riot Diet program, every band must have at least one woman, trans or non-binary member to be played.
NATALIE ROSS – Director at AMEX, entrepreneur and women in business mentor, Natalie is a recent finalist of Corporate Woman of the Year.
MIRANDA HOLDER – TV and Celebrity style expert who’s mission is to help her followers and clients ‘feel fabulous’.
LIZ MARTINS – Beauty expert who has worked with actors and celebrities such as Natalie Dormer, Rachel Weisz and Rita Ora and owns her own line of false eyelashes with Salon System.
LUCCA JOY – Lucca is the founder of newly formed Iconica Talent Agency, a commercial agency with a focus on female and LGBTQ+ talent spanning DJs, Live Artists and brand partnerships.
LUCY POTTERTON – Vocal coach on ITV’s The Voice and backing vocalist for the likes of Florence And The Machine, in lockdown, Lucy joined forces with Woman’s Aid as vocal coach and taught victims of domestic abuse, culminating in the release of a single ‘Stronger’ to raise money for the cause.