London based New Zealander, Rietta is one of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing vocalists, touring arenas and performing on their “Strictly Come Dancing” Cruises. Rietta starred in a worldwide released, UK Channel 5 Freddy Mercury biopic, Who Wants To Live Forever, and was selected to perform for legendary band Queen at the 2015 Artists & Managers lifetime achievement awards for Jim Beach, the band’s manager. Her affiliation with Queen continued when she went on to perform “We Are The Champions” at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire for the 2019 Aids Foundation.
With a 5 octave range, Rietta was the first artist to open the O2 Arena in London prior to Bon Jovi. She went on to feature in Craig Revel Horwood’s acclaimed BBC spin off theatre show “Strictly Confidential” which led to a record deal for a duets album as “Craig & Rietta” to be released in 2021.
As the lead vocalist on two duets on a posthumously released album by Falco, (Rock Me Amadeus and Germany’s biggest selling artist to date) produced by Gunther Mende (Celine Dion, Tina Turner) & Michael Wolff (Nina Hagan, Bonnie Tyler) this album charted at No. 1 in Austria and No. 8 in Germany. Her song writing involvement in that project led to a UK publishing deal which further led to recording with Oscar Nominee Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) on her debut album and with Dame Shirley Bassey live at Glastonbury Festival and on Get The Party Started, the title track for the Warner Bros. feature film Cats & Dogs 2. The dance mix featuring Rietta’s vocals charted at No. 3 on the US dance charts. Rietta has also featured on an international compilation album, alongside legendary artists Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Maxwell, Dionne Warwick and Earth Wind And Fire.
In the UK Rietta appeared as support artist for Bryan Adams & Jocelyn Brown and in Russia for Johnny Gill and Joe Cocker. She has worked in New York City for Grammy Award winner Kirk Yano and headlined an internationally televised performance, in front of an audience of 30,000 people, before Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
Session & live work:
Bonnie Tyler, Australian Tsunami Relief Aid Project with INXS, Diesel & solo projects for Kirk Pengilly (INXS), Monty Norman (James Bond theme composer) Michael Kiwanuka and Mika. Live work includes Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann) Mike Harrison (Spookytooth); Matt Monro Jnr; Bobby Davro; Linda Henry; Cheryl Ferguson (Eastenders Cast); The Stylistics; Madeline Bell (Blue Mink); Stevie Van Lange; Ruth Lorenzo; Andy Abraham; Anthony Costa (Blue); Jon Stevens (Noise Works); Deni Hines (Rock Melons); Virgil Donati (Southern Sons) John Rowles; The Sound of the Supremes; Australian Pink Floyd, Pete Brown (writer for Cream) and Europe & Australasian “Elvis” tours with original band members Bob Lanning, Duke Bardwell, The Jordanaires, DJ Fontana and Marlyn Mason the leading lady in “The Trouble With Girls”.
The voice of many TV and radio jingles including the theme tune for the UK ITV game show “My Man Can”, Virgin Soft Radio, Swedish Stockholm Power Hit Radio, Bedpost NZ and numerous Australasian television & radio commercials including The Travel Channel UK/NZ.
Film & television credits:
Who Wants To Live Forever (Freddy Mercury Biopic), Xena – Warrior Princess, The Slate, Sisterhood, Shortland Street, 60 Minutes and Jack of All Trades. Rietta was also vocal coach to the winner of “Get Your Act Together” (English director Andrew Anderson) as well as a vocalist and choreographer on the show.
Musical theatre credits:
Original cast West End London World Premier of Respect La Diva, Bright Lights Big City London Fringe Theatre Premier, the Edinburgh Festival, the Australasian tour of Jesus Christ Superstar (including Dance Captain) and the Australasian tour of Cats performing the role of Grizabella fortnightly. Lead roles also include productions of musicals Chicago, Rush and Meatworks (a NZ original production).
UK television and radio performances include:
GMTV, The Opening of The O2 Arena, Big Breakfast, Alan Titchmarsh, Terry Wogan on BBC Radio 2, Joanne Good on BBC Radio 2, Richard Madeley on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 5 and Talk Sport London. Other performances include Rock Palace Germany, Channel 9 Australia, Bert Newton Show Australia, Good Morning NZ, What Now NZ and many more.
Rietta’s debut album, Cut Me Loose, (Halo Records UK produced by Mark Stevens – Gabrielle, Sugababes), received rave reviews promoting her worldwide single “Love Is On My Mind” on Hedkandi USA & UK, Ministry Of Sound USA and Dance Nation America. Charting in the UK at number 25 the single went on to chart in Italy, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Europe. Two further singles were released; Kiss My Ass which charted No. 2 on Passion FM and No. 10 on House FM UK and Don’t Give Up for Fearless Funk & Soul which is No. 5 on Naked Soul featured on Sky Digital Radio.
From that success Rietta was asked to Los Angeles to work with Mark Bell from M-People fame and Shaboom Records USA, subsequently writing with Andy Frazer from Free – “All Right Now” and Pete Brown writer of “Sunshine of you love” and “In The White Room” for “Cream”.
As a singer-songwriter, Rietta has released on various US, German, NZ and Australian albums including sporting extravaganzas for Whitbread Round The World Yachting, America’s Cup, NZ Rugby Union and NZ Silver Ferns Netball team, an album produced by Debbie Harwood. Rietta wrote two songs for “A – Rotate NZ Radio” on Indigenous Funk Company’s compilation album of premier NZ vocalists under the Polynesian Label Tangata Records, through BMG.
A choreographer of music videos for independent artists including comedy legend Dick Emery’s daughter Eliza Emery and live NZ shows for “When The Cats Away” and “Pop Tarts”. Rietta has danced in various theatre & cabaret shows all over the world.
Registered teacher for the Los Angeles Dance Academy, Rietta received an award for the highest mark in Advanced Diploma that year. She was the director for her own school in Australasia “The Dance Connexion”, guest teacher for Unitec (Auckland’s Performing Arts School), Black Grace Dance Company and has taught American Jazz worldwide and Open Jazz for the British Ballet Organisation (BBO).
Vocal & Performance Coach:
Rietta is an assistant vocal coach to the renowned Stevie Lange Studios in London (coach for Robbie Williams, Courtney Love, Blue, Sugababes, Lulu) and has coached for Universal Records. She has coached contestants from Britain’s Got Talent & X-Factor UK and continues to coach individuals privately on voice, performance and media training.
Rietta produced the play “Greatest Love Songs” in London and has recently completed a script about historic factual events involving her Maori family from the “Te Arawa” tribe of New Zealand.