Season 2021, Ep. 150
Rebecca Jane Grosvenor Taylor known professionally as Riva Taylor is an English singer, songwriter and performer.Taylor was born inHammersmith, London. She had her first experience on the stage at the age of seven in London's West End, playing Little Eponine at thePalace Theatre.Other early achievements include winning the Thorndike Talent competition for ages 8–24, and winning a British Arts Award for her dance performance of the Secret Garden, both of which she achieved at the age of 8. She also appeared onBlue Peter, performing "My Heart Will Go On" at the age of 10. She attendedDanes Hill School, Surrey before studying for her GCSEs and A Levels atTormead School, Guildford. Taylor has said that living the life of a normal school girl was important for somebody exposed to the music industry from such a young age.At the age of 12, she landed arecording contractwithEMI,making her the youngest artist to have ever been signed to therecord label. Her debut album,A Dream Come True(2001) recorded atAbbey Road Studiosenjoyed international success. That same year she sang at theFarm Aidbenefit gala concert at theRoyal Albert Hall. This was attended byPrince Charleswho praised the young Taylor and stated he would watch her career with great interest. She also caught the attention ofMohammed Al Fayedwho, after hearing her sing at her album launch atHarrods, invited her to open the Harrods Sale withJean-Claude Van DammeandSalma Hayek.Over these years, Taylor toured worldwide promoting her music. Her US tour was supported by promotional performances onLive With Regis and Kellyhosted by guest presenterUsherand theMDA Labor Day Telethon, Los Angeles. Taylor has performed at theFA Cup Finaland at theSix Nations,Twickenham Stadium.She dances to an advanced standard and has achieved her Associate of theRoyal Academy of Dancediploma.Taylor has graduated from theUniversity of Durhamafter undertaking a three-year degree in History.