Amber Patrice Riley (born February 15, 1986) is an American Actress best known for her role on the series Glee as Mercedes Jones. Riley was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Tiny (nee Hightower) and Elwin Riley. Riley auditioned for American Idol when she was 17 years old, during the show's second season, but was turned down by the producers. Amber graduated from La Mirada High School in La Mirada, California in 2004. In 2006 Riley auditioned unsuccessfully for the part of Effie White in Dreamgirls. She appeared at the 2010 MTV VMAs on September 12, 2010. Riley plays the role of Mercedes Jones on the hit musical comedy-drama Glee. A member of the main cast, she has appeared since the show's pilot, which debuted in May 2009. She has sung numerous solos, including Respect, Bust Your Windows, Hate on Me, And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going, Beautiful, Bridge over Troubled Water, I Look to You, Hell to the No, Ain't No Way, Try a Little Tenderness, Spotlight, All I Want for Christmas Is You and, three days after Whitney Houston's death, a tribute version of I Will Always Love You. Her character gets through her schooldays with her diva-style,
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