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Amber Riley
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Riley at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego
Born February 15, 1986 (1986-02-15) (age 35)
Occupation Actress, singer-songwriter, philanthropist, dancer
Years active 2004–present

Amber Patrice Riley (born February 15, 1986) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and philanthropist, known for her role on the series Glee as Mercedes Jones. She has also appeared as the daughter of "Dirk Black" in the American Black comedy All of Us. At the age of seventeen, Riley auditioned for American Idol but was turned down by the producers. Most of her cover versions have appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Personal life

Riley is a Democrat and attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In the convention, Riley sang the national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner".

Discography

Glee Cast discography

  • Glee: The Music, Volume 1 (2009)
  • Glee: The Music, Volume 2 (2009)
  • Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna (2010)
  • Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers (2010)
  • Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals (2010)
  • Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show (2010)
  • Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album (2010)
  • Glee: The Music, Volume 4 (2010)
  • Glee: The Music, Volume 5 (2011)
  • Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers (2011)
  • Glee: The Music, Volume 6 (2011)
  • Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2011)
  • Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2 (2011)
  • Glee: The Music, Volume 7 (2011)
  • Glee: The Music, The Graduation Album (2012)
  • Glee: The Music Presents Glease (2012)
  • Glee: The Music, Season 4, Volume 1 (2012)
  • The Quarterback (Music From the TV Series) (2013)

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2002 St. Sass Toby Television pilot
2009–present Glee Mercedes Jones Seasons 1–4: Series regular

Seasons 5-present: Recurring guest star
Won — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2010)
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2011)
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2012)
Pending — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2013)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer (2010)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Music: Group (shared with Glee cast) (2010)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer (2011)

2010 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Aiesha Episode: "Elementary School Musical"
2011 Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Mercedes Jones Movie
2012 VH1 Divas Herself Presenter
2013 Dancing With the Stars Herself She won the season on November 26, 2013
Partnered with Derek Hough

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