Album debut for singer

Jilly Riley is launching her first music album.
Jilly Riley is launching her first music album.

A SOUTH Elmsall singer is launching her debut music album on Saturday.

Jilly Riley, 29, of Harrow Street, will release Organic Soul - a mixture of funk, blues, latin and ska - at the Northfield Hotel, South Kirkby, at 7pm.

Mrs Riley wrote and performed the songs herself and used a variety of unusual instruments - including a Bisto tub shaker, pots and pans, spoons and boxes - to record the sound she wanted.

The album features songs about organic produce, indigenous people in rainforests, e-foods and nuclear war - subjects that Mrs Riley believes in strongly.

The CD packaging has also been made using recyclable materials.

Mrs Riley said: “I’ve always loved music but I have just never had the money to put together my own album before.

“I’ve always enjoyed soul and promoting organic stuff, which is where the name came from.

“The packaging is made from recyclable materials and I didn’t use any computers in the recording because I wanted it to be as organic and as good for the environment as possible.”

Mrs Riley has already released her first single, I Don’t See Colours, I Just See Faces, in a bid to combat racism and to raise money for the Love Music, Hate Racism charity.

She will perform some of the new songs at the launch and at the Leeds Festival Fringe involving The Limetree Festival, also on Saturday.

The album costs £8 and is available from or at the launch.