Her songs have been described as including elements of "pop & country". She is known for the singer who can make up a song with just a few words on the spot. She had firmly placed her roots in gospel music on release of the albums Oopmond, The Cure, Breathe and Someone with Skin and has won several awards including the Crescendo Award in 2000, a SAMA, Huisgenoot tempo's and Ghoema awards. The album Die Moeite Werd appealed more to the secular market and has reached platinum status and continues to top South African music charts. Nel has also starred in the Afrikaans movie, N Saak Van Geloof alongside her co-star Robbie Wessels, the well acclaimed South African singer-songwriter/comedian.
Nel is a well acclaimed songwriter having written songs for Juanita Du Plessis, Bobby Van Jaarsveld, Lianie May, Touch of Class and world-renowned Amira Willighagen. Nel has shared a stage with her sister Nianell, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Lianie May, Lira and many more. She recorded duets with André Swiegers (Blou), Bobby van Jaarsveld (Die Liefde kom net eens in 'n Leeftyd), Die Heuwels Fantasties (Doen net wat ons wil), Retief Burger (U's my God) and Steve Hofmeyr (Skree).
Riana Nel's sister, Nianell, is also an acclaimed singer and songwriter. Both sisters have performed together on several occasions. Nel is a professed Christian. She got married to Cornel de Beer in 2013 and had their first child in February 2016 and their second in September 2017.
- Oopmond (2001) (Maranatha Record Company)
- The Cure (2003) (Maranatha Record Company)
- Someone with Skin (2005) (Maranatha Record Company)
- Breathe - The Gospel Collection (2006) (Maranatha Record Company)
- Die Moeite Werd (2011) (Coleske Artists)
- Die Regte Tyd (2014) (Coleske Artists)
- Jy Sal Weet (2016) (Coleske Artists)
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