Reilly has a style and sound that seems more mature than many artists twice as old. She’s always been singing, and started playing drums at 11. She says she wrote songs on piano first. Guitar came later. Her songwriting is thoughtful; Reilly explains that “26” is an anti-bullying song.
Producer Jason Burt, who helped record her EP, says Reilly completed her powerful vocals on “26” in just two takes. He compares her voice to artists like Norah Jones, Feist, and St. Vincent.“She’s 14, dude,” “That’s insanity. Where is she going to be in a year or two? Remy’s a better songwriter than some of the 30-year-old artists I’ve worked with.” Burt says. “As a producer, you don’t know how people will perform in the studio. But hearing her sing on an expensive microphone for the first time was mind-blowing. She has mad range.” Producers simplified the complex rhythms of Reilly’s piano-driven demos in favor of using her “next-level melodies” to pursue a pop format with a soul and blues vibe.
“She’s going to be a fantastic musician who will do whatever she wants,” Burt says. “I see her being that musician onstage who plays every instrument and gives epic speeches on humanitarianism, life, and politics in between songs. Remy’s a badass kid.”