Meet the proud parents of actress, singer and writer Ms Amber Riley! They are, dad Elwin and mom, Tiny Hightower Riley. Their 27-year-old daughter who was born in L.A is best known for her role on the FOX TV series,Glee, as Mercedes Jones. Amber certainly worked hard to get where she is, the now DWTS contestant has been in showbizz since 2002. At the age of seventeen, Riley auditioned for American Idol but was turned down by the producers. Then in 2006, Riley auditioned for the part of Effie White in Dreamgirls, yet was refused because of her age. But it wasn’t until 2009 when Tiny and Elwin’s youngest daughter would find stardom with Glee. She appeared at the 2010 MTV VMAs on September 12, 2010. Amber graduated from La Mirada High School in 2004. The Riley’s have three children, all girls, making Amber the youngest of three; her two older sisters are Toiya (born 1976) and Ashley (born 1984). We all have learned to love Amber’s character, who gets through her schooldays with her “diva-style” and stylish clothes. In 2011, Riley received an NCAAP Image Award nomination for her portrayal of Mercedes; she has won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her acting on Glee, along with the show’s ensemble, and has also been nominated for a Teen Choice Award for her acting on the show. Tiny, was a member of the choir with whom Mercedes dances in the song Like a Prayer during the 15th episode of the first season. So we know where those singing genes come from. Tiny who is very active with the social networks runs her own twitter account where she describes herself as
Awesome Woman. Mother, Grandmother, Entreprenur, singer/songwriter, best event planner ever! floral designer, Bridal Designer, most of all I love JESUS!!
And with all those adjectives, we certainly agree! Now her father Mr. Riley seems to be a bit more quiet, however he is there to support his daughter. Elwin recently revealed on his Facebook page
I rarely use my Facebook page , but, it is very necessary for me to use it at this time. I am asking all my friends and relatives to vote for my daughter, AMBER RILEY, who is in the finals of DANCING WITH THE STARS. The votes that come in on November 25th, 2013, will determine who will win the MIRROR BALL TROPHY on Tuesday ,November 26th, 2013. You have only an hour to vote after the show is over on Monday night. The number is toll free at 1-800-868-3407. You can also vote online at ABC.COM/DWTS/VOTE. The more landlines, cell phones, and computers you can find , you can vote as many times as you can. It would be nice to hear from some of my friends I have not talked to in years.
How incredible sweet of her dad! Now that their talented daughter Amber has made it to the final four with her partner Derek Hough as Dancing with the Stars is getting ready to crown its new winner on ABC; on Saturday, Nov. 23,TV Guide shared Derek’s comments about the finale, this dancing pair is in to win it, but will they be able to pull it off this week? Don’t miss the finale!
Find Tiny Riley on twitter here.