About

Riley Skinner is a singer-songwriter and electro-folk alternative musician newly based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her music draws on intriguing melodies, textured layers of sound, and intimate lyrics. Skinner's music asks the listener to join her in being vulnerable, being gentle, being honest, and being brave. 

Skinner studied composition at Bennington College in Vermont where she found inspiration in her mentors, collaborators, and the haunting environment of New England. She recently moved from Seattle to Minneapolis and now performs primarily in the Midwest. 

In addition to creating music for her solo project and her duo, Heddwen, Skinner enjoys collaborating with dancers and visual artists to create customized soundscapes for performances, videos, and installations.  

Music

Only I Can Save Me

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Only I Can Save Me

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This is a song I wrote while I was processing the realization that the person I have to live with, love, affirm, forgive, and cherish for the rest of my life is myself.

Thank you Katie Rudman for making the recording of this track possible, I love you! Written for Colleen Burns, I love you too.

All music and lyrics written and performed by Riley

This is a song I wrote while I was processing the realization that the person I have to live with, love, affirm, forgive, and cherish for the rest of my life is myself. 💫

Thank you Katie Rudman for making the recording of this track possible, I love you! Written for Colleen Burns, I love you too.

All music and lyrics written and performed by Riley Skinner. Recorded by Sean Sebastian at Bard Rock Studios, mixed by Daniel Wininger, mastered by Steve Skinner. Photography by Rachel Bennett.

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A Day at the Museum

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A Day at the Museum

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This is the quarantine project that I made to help me escape from my home. Part 1 takes us into the museum, where a marble statue becomes an object of love. Part 2 questions who has the right and the privilege to display objects and who has the right and the privilege to view them. Part 3 is from the perspective of the painted. I hope you will

This is the quarantine project that I made to help me escape from my home. Part 1 takes us into the museum, where a marble statue becomes an object of love. Part 2 questions who has the right and the privilege to display objects and who has the right and the privilege to view them. Part 3 is from the perspective of the painted. I hope you will enjoy all three parts as a complete set.

This concept EP is dedicated to Colleen Burns, who gave me a ton of input on this project from day one, and who was forced to listen to this piece way too many times. You will always be my beautiful statue and my muse.

Released August 1, 2021

Music & lyrics by Riley Skinner Instruments and vocals by Riley Skinner Featured vocalist on Part 3 Katie Rudman Produced, mixed, and recorded by Riley Skinner Mastered by Steve Skinner Album art by Elle Hanley

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You're Not Alone

Riley Skinner

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You're Not Alone

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A little collection of songs about growth -- recorded at home and released for my 30th birthday.

Released November 15, 2020

All music and lyrics were written by Riley Skinner. All instruments performed by Riley Skinner with the exception of the drums on "You're Not Alone", which were played by Colleen Burns. Recorded and mixed by Riley Skinner,

A little collection of songs about growth -- recorded at home and released for my 30th birthday.

Released November 15, 2020

All music and lyrics were written by Riley Skinner. All instruments performed by Riley Skinner with the exception of the drums on "You're Not Alone", which were played by Colleen Burns. Recorded and mixed by Riley Skinner, mastered by Steve Skinner.

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Offerings

✨ Email me for current rates or a quote for a particular project: rileymaeskinner@gmail.com ✨

Session Work
Need some killer harmonies on your latest album? Or someone to help you craft better lyrics? Want help arranging background elements such as voices or strings? I also adore working with dancers doing live improvisation or custom soundscapes for the art they are making. I'm here to help make the magic happen, so let's talk! Past and current collaborators include Larsen Gardens, Andy Ulseth, Jaspar Lepak, Rebecca Nakaba, and Corina Dalzell. 

Private Lessons 
I have a decade of experience working with students of all ages and currently offer private lessons (online or in person) in composition, songwriting, arranging, voice, piano, and ukulele. 

Tarot Readings 
Yup, I do these too! My perspective is intuitive and empowering. I'd love to read for you! 

Art & Embroidery
Let me draw you a little picture, or embroider a portrait of your pet, or... well the possibilities are endless. 
 

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I've got t-shirts, CDs, art prints, lyric cards, and all kinds of goodies in my shop. All the proceeds go towards my next creative project and come with a digital download of a song. Mostly, I love the idea of something I made being somewhere with you. Make my dreams come true! 💫

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