Riley Armstrong (musician)

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Riley Armstrong
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Riley Armstrong at RUSH 2013
Background information
Also known as Plain Edson
Born (1976-05-20) May 20, 1976 (age 41)
Dapp, Alberta, Canada
Origin Calgary, Alberta
Genres Contemporary Christian, folk
Occupation(s) singer, songwriter, engineer, producer
Instruments acoustic guitar, looping device, vocals
Years active 1998 – Present
Labels Flicker Records, 7 Spin Music, Independent

Riley Armstrong is a Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter from the hamlet of Dapp, Alberta, Canada. His live performances have been described as innovative, engaging, funny and surprising. Musically his work is eclectic, combining acoustic guitar and hip-hop rhythms, with layers of sound supported by sampling and programmed loops. A few of his notable songs are "Sleep", ">" (Greater Than), "What I Found", and "The Only".

Musical career[edit]

Riley Armstrong moved to Vancouver at the age of 18 to pursue a career in music.[1] He earned a degree in sound recording[2] and soon became the sound engineer for the Christian rock band Hokus Pick.[3] Riley was the engineer on the 1997 Hokus Pick album Snappy. A year later he released his own independent effort Novel Reason under the pseudonym Plain Edson.

Riley persuaded the members of Hokus Pick to let him be their opening act, as well as being their sound engineer.[3] While in Nashville on a Hokus Pick tour he befriended the members of the Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline. Soon thereafter three members of Audio Adrenaline founded a new record company. Riley was invited to be the first performer to release on their Flicker Records label.[3][4]

He then moved from Vancouver to Nashville, where he spent the next five years.[5] Riley Armstrong became the opening act for Audio Adrenaline.[4] During this period he released a follow up album, Whatever the Weather. Armstrong then asked to be released from Flicker Records and returned to Canada. Marriage followed, with the couple settling in Calgary. Riley and his wife Shannon have one son, Zeffren, who was born in 2005. Also that year Riley released the album La Loop on the 7 Spin Music indie label. His band members were Rick Enns on bass, Dan Kim on guitar and Jared Falk on drums.[6]

During 2010 Riley Armstrong toured in the U.S. during which time he also opened for Starfield during their "The Saving One" tour.



  • Novel Reason (Independent, 1998) (as Plain Edson)
  • Riley Armstrong (Flicker Records, 2000, reviews[4][7])
  • Whatever the Weather (Flicker Records, 2002, reviews[8][9])
  • La Loop (7 Spin Music, 2005, review[10])
  • Alive and Acoustic (2007, live concert CD/DVD)
  • Comedy Songs (2010, EP)

Songs on compilations[edit]


  • Not From These Here Parts (2003)

Awards and recognition[edit]

Shai Awards (formerly The Vibe Awards)
  • 2003 nominee, Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 2004 nominee, Male Vocalist of the Year

Collaborations and other credits[edit]


  1. ^ Banister, Eric. "(News) biography – riley armstrong". The Unofficial Riley Armstrong Website. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  2. ^ Pollard, Kevin (September 2003). "(Review) Riley Armstrong: Whatever the Weather". Canadian Christianity. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  3. ^ a b c Williams, Eve (May–June 2000). "(News) Riley Armstrong sports a humble 'tude". Living Light News. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  4. ^ a b c Pollard, Kevin (June 2000). "(Review) Riley Armstrong: Riley Armstrong". Canadian Christianity. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  5. ^ "(News) Riley Armstrong". 7 Spin Music. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  6. ^ "(Artist) Riley Armstrong". The Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  7. ^ Goodge, Mark (1 August 2000). "(Review) Riley Armstrong". CrossRhythms (UK). Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  8. ^ Argyrakis, Andy. "(Review) Whatever the Weather". Christianity Today. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  9. ^ Pollard, Kevin (September 2003). "(Review) Riley Armstrong: Whatever the Weather". Canadian Christianity. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  10. ^ DiBiase, John (2005-06-15). "(Review) La Loop". The Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  11. ^ a b "(Credits) Riley Armstrong". AllMusic. Retrieved 2008-11-09. [dead link]
  12. ^ Pollard, Kevin (September 2003). "(Review) Toby Penner: The Late Show". Canadian Christianity. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 

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