Move over, Justin Bieber. This year, it’s about Riley Biederer.
The 16-year-old singer and musician from Forsyth County will accept an award at tonight’s Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Show that went last year to the male teen pop star.
Biederer will receive the Bill Lowery Horizon Award, which is given to young artists expected to make a significant contribution in the music industry.
“It’s really almost surreal,” Biederer said. “I’m pretty much going to be in Justin Bieber’s spot that he was in last year, so that’s going to be really cool since he’s so successful.”
She’ll also perform live with two band members from Forsyth County high schools on the stage at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Holden Fincher of South Forsyth and Trent Bilodeau of West Forsyth will be backing up the pop singer on guitar and bass. Biederer is a former West student who is now home-schooled.
The awards ceremony will air live at 5 p.m. on the Georgia Public Broadcasting station.
Biederer attended last year’s show as a guest, which she said prepared her to take the stage. “I think I know a little bit what to expect and what it’s going to be like, like what to say and what to wear.”
She’s well on her way to stardom, having been signed last year by Elton John’s music management company, Rocket Music.
Recently, Biederer traveled to Los Angeles to write new songs, one of which she’ll be performing at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Show.
Proud father Frank Biederer said his daughter was nominated for the award and then chosen by the selection committee.
“It’s an honor,” he said. “We’re excited about having a bunch of new people exposed to Riley.”
At this year’s awards ceremony, Georgia country duo Sugarland will be inducted into the hall of fame and also performing.
Frank Biederer said his daughter wrote songs with the band’s Kristian Bush during a past trip to Nashville.
“It’s neat that she’s getting the award the same year that they’re getting inducted,” he said.
After signing with Rocket Music, she has had a “change in direction” toward producing pop music, which has been bringing her to New York and L.A. instead of Nashville, Frank Biederer said.
“We’ve been writing and producing songs, getting a group of songs together to go to major publishers and record labels,” he said. “We’re hoping that by spring, she’s signed to a record deal.”
His daughter said she always planned to be successful in the music industry at a young age.
“I’ve done a pretty good job of being there,” she said, “but I’m not there all the way yet.”