Amber Patrice Riley ( February 15, 1986) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and philanthropist, best known for her portrayal of Mercedes Jones on the FOX television series Glee.
Born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Tiny (née Hightower) and Elwin Riley. She also has two older sisters, Toyia and Ashley, Riley auditioned for American Idol at age seventeen but was turned down.
In 2008 she was cast as Mercedes Jones on the television show Glee.
For the rolw she won Screen Actors Guide Awards including an NAACP Image Award and a Teen Choice Award. On the 17th season of Dancing With the Stars Riley was the first African-American woman to win.