Riley Bria considers country singer Keith Urban one of his favorite artists. Now he’s one of the few who can say that he shared a stage with the superstar. Monday, Bria, a 16-year-old Lampeter-Strasburg High sophomore, along with six other young musicians, were chosen to perform with Urban at the American Country Awards in Las Vegas.
“There’s the 8,000 people in the stadium, and then you also know there’s between six and eight million people watching it at home and that’s kind of nerve-wracking,” Bria said. “And you’re like, ‘Wow, I’m playing for Carrie Underwood right now,’ that’s pretty crazy.”
But Bria, already a seasoned performer with his own country-rock band Levi Road, handled it like a pro.
“Once we’re up there, it’s like, alright! Let’s kick some butt, and so we just played our hearts out and we left it all out there and it was pretty cool,” he said.
It all started with a guitar Bria bought when he was seven. Now about a decade later, he’s come a long way, playing the guitar with his idol.
“Watching him with Keith Urban, standing next to someone who he idolizes was unbelievable,” said Daria Bria, Riley’s mother. “I was so, so happy for him.”
Bria was chosen for the performance after going to a Grammy Foundation music camp in the summer.
“It was like one of the best musical experiences I’ve ever had. Other than you know, playing with Keith Urban and everything,” Bria said.