Unpredictable, Musical, Entertaining and Passionate are just a few words that describe who Riley Haupt is. He found a knack for music and performance at a very early age, starting with violin performances at the age of four. As he moved into fifth grade, he picked up percussion and found a natural feel for rhythm. He kept with the drums and started working on his singing and guitar skills as he moved through his High school years.
After High School, Riley moved to Chicago, Illinois to attend Columbia College Chicago where he studied Musical Theatre. At this point Riley was involved with many musicals and singing groups where he found his love for acting and being in front of an audience. After a year at Columbia College Chicago he decided to leave the windy city. Riley continued his education graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Arts and Science from the University of Wisconsin- Manitowoc, and then a BA in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He values his experiences at all these institutions that have taught him so much about life, love, and music.
As he moved back to Manitowoc Wisconsin, he started focusing on business. Riley was a representative for a telecommunication net-working business, which helped give him a wonderful taste of how business works and opened his eyes to an entrepreneur life style. While working his way into the business world and studying in the field of Music & Arts, he and his business partner (Terry Stevenson) decided to come up with a new exciting business idea in the city of Manitowoc and to produce a local singing show.
Starting at the early age of 19, Riley and his partner raised over $100,000 and turned it into a statewide singing competition that exceeded all expectations called Lakeshore’s Rising Stars. Talented people auditioned until the top ten contestants were found and they battled for the grand prize of $10,000. The competition had two successful seasons in 2006 and 2007 with two reunion shows added after.
With a diverse skill set of a Singer, Drummer, Guitarist, Actor and Producer and the many talents he has achieved through education, business and personal musical experience, Riley then decided that he wanted to see the world and perform. After his last semester of college, Riley took one of the biggest steps in his life and began performing on Cruise Ships. He traveled to six out of the seven continents, seeing over 50 different countries and meeting people all around the world. He performed on 7 major cruise ships and 5 different companies.
His first time leaving the USA, he performed out of Australia singing on the P&O Pacific Jewel. He traveled to New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu and many other south pacific Islands enjoying the clear coral waters. His next ship was on the Emerald Princess based out of New York which then relocated up to Quebec and down to Fort Lauderdale. With the Carnival Cruise Lines Riley spent one great contract in the Caribbean. He performed over five contracts with Celebrity Cruise Lines on The Reflection, Solstice and Century traveling to Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Hawaii, Caribbean, Alaska and Mexico. His favorite cruise ship to showcase his talents on was the Norwegian Sun while traveling to South America, Alaska, Mexico, Columbia and Caribbean.
He would perform as a soloist in the many different venues around the ship including shows on the main stage. With the use of his pedals, percussion, beat box skills, guitar, voice, the involvement of the fans, and sometimes adding a full band, he would build a family feel environment with everyone involved. When he is not sailing, or traveling the world, he performs and hosts private events, functions, business party, weddings and pubs.
Riley thrives on being an entrepreneur and is always learning. Thus, he started his own Entertainment Company “Riley Entertainment LLC” through which he produces shows for the community to love and enjoy. He focuses on raising sponsors and building his personal brand as well as that of the artists, musicians, businesses and entrepreneurs he works with. Every investor will say Riley goes above and beyond to make his productions, partnerships and sponsorships successful. As an addition to his business interest, Riley got his Realtor license and is now learning about buying and selling as well as investing in properties.
Looking towards the future, Riley has a life of performing, producing, business and learning in mind. He would like to thank God above for blessing him with the people that surround and support him without whom none of this would be possible.