Red Velvet Crush

5x award winning female fronted pop/rock band from Kansas City, MO

Stream and add our latest EP Crystal Clear to your Spotify playlist today!



THANK YOU - Onto the next chapter...

We wanted to thank everyone that has been there for our shows & supported the band throughout the years. We really appreciate all of you. Moving forward, Daniel and I, (Jillian) as Red Velvet Crush will not be continuing on together - we will be individually working on our own creative, musical & personal pursuits in the future. We will be leaving our social media pages up for now & you can still download/stream our music online & view our music videos. Also, we will be having a final markdown sale on all merch & that link is below. Thank you all again for all the love and Happy Holidays.
All RVC merch 75% off/reduced S&H costs! --->


ROCKWiRED Music Video feature Check out a feature and short interview about our brand new music video in a new post over @ ROCKWiRED! --->


Brand new music video out now!! Our brand new music video to our latest single "State of Emergency" filmed/directed/produced by C. Evan Media is out now!! Please like and share!


nxt2Rock Finalists RVC is in the next round of the nationwide nxt2rock competition and is moving on to the KC finals/Top 5 performance @ The Landing in Liberty MO Friday Nov 24th - stay tuned for more details and thanks to all that voted and to X105!


Music Video Teaser & in-studio w/ KKFI 90.1FM Make sure to check out the teaser to our brand new music video for "State of Emergency" and then see it first KC area friends Nov. 10th at our next full band show @ Davey's Uptown Rambler's Club! Check it out here --->

Also, huge shoutout to these following radio stations for playing our new single "State of Emergency" and for the mini interviews this past weeked (and for their consistent support of RVC)  - KKFI 90.1FM, KKID 92.9FM, 105.9 KISS FM & X105.1FM 


Front page of the Examiner for Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival feature - RVC will take the stage as a trio this weekend twice - check out the great front page feature writeup the Examiner wrote on the band! Huge thank you to the Examiner for the support!


RVC to play alongside Los Angeles rock electronic outfit Hail Sagan - @ The Roxy Bar Shawnee Mission KS 9PM September 30th! 


Radio interview w/ KFOH 99.3FM/St. Joseph Music Foundation - Shoutout to KFOH in St. Joseph MO for the full length interview!


All original shows next week - Get your tickets now if you haven't already!! 1 week til our next full band show at Riot Room w/ Canadian act DIEMONDS and KC based rock band Cimino and a week and a half til a special unplugged all original set at Starlight Theatre's VIP Club Stage w/ Young the Giant, Cold War Kids and Joywave! We'd really love to see you come rock out with us!! Tell a friend and grab your tickets to one or both shows at the links below!! 

8/1 @ Riot Room 7pm -

8/5 @ Starlight Theatre's VIP Club Stage 6pm -


Show announcements!! While we are adding tons of fun acoustic shows all across the Midwest but we are also adding some great original and full band shows so keep an eye out!! Including and excited to announce we'll be playing all original shows @ two of our favorite hometown venues August 1st w/ Napalm Records/Canadian rock act DIEMONDS & KC's Cimino @ Riot Room & opening up on the VIP Club Stage August 5th for Young the Giant, Cold War Kids & Joywave @ Starlight Theatre!! Tickets available for both shows now!! We love performing live and meeting all of you so come rock out with us soon!!


Order all your favorite RVC band merchandise online now! We just restocked multiple merch items - of course you can grab it at any upcoming RVC show in person or if you're not nearby you can still get merch to support and represent Red Velvet Crush @


RVC LIVE In Studio Interview & Performance The Basement Tapes w/ Nick & Bootsy We were FINALLY able to do an in studio interview and performance at KKID 92.9FM's Basement Tapes w/ Nick & Bootsy in Rolla, MO - they have been supporting RVC since the beginning! Listen to our live performances and interview now @

You can find ANY of the songs played live in this segment by searching Red Velvet Crush and Jillian Riscoe on iTunes, Spotify or anywhere music is streamed and sold online!!


1 month away!! Our next full band show is now 1 month away - Friday, May 5th - Cinco de Mayo @ Kansas City's own beautiful Starlight Theater alongside Pat Benatar + Neil Giraldo and Rick Springfield on the We Live for Love 2017 Tour!! Share this info with friends and don't forget to get your tickets now @ 

Gates @ 6pm, we will take the stage @ 630pm on the VIP Club Stage!! New RVC merchandise will also be for sale! See you at the show!


VIP Club Stage/Opening for Pat Benatar + Neil Giraldo & Rick Springfield @ Starlight Theater Fri. May 5th!! We're so excited to announce our next full band show will be Cinco de Mayo @ Starlight Theater in Kansas City, MO alongside Pat Benatar + Neil Giraldo and Rick Springfield on the We Live for Love 2017 Tour!! Share this info with friends and get your tickets @ Gates @ 6pm, we will take the stage @ 630pm on the VIP Club Stage!! New RVC merchandise will also be for sale!


Valentine's Day Show Preview Feature Thank you to St. Joseph News-Press Now for the show preview for our Valentine's Day show w/ Erica - OneWomanBand @ Cafe Acostic Concert Hall in St. Joseph MO.

Check it out here --->


VOTE for RVC - Nominated for Rockwired's Reader's Poll Awards Our longtime supporters over at ROCKWiRED Magazine have nominated our EP Crystal Clear for Best Recording (EP) - Please VOTE and share the link! No registration required - thank you! Voting ends January 20th. VOTE HERE --->


Hutch News Thank you Hutchinson News/Ryan C. for promoting our show in Hutchinson at The Rusty Needle this weekend! Check out the article here:


Catch our last full band show of 2016! We'll be co-headlining alongside The Veer Union @ our favorite hometown venue, The Riot Room, Tues. December 13th. The Breakpoint Method and Champagne Campaign will also be on the bill. Get your tickets now!!


Matt's Music Pick of the Week on ROCK 107.1FM Our song "Panic Room" was Matt's Music Pick of the Week on ROCK 107.1FM Joplin MO! Big thanks to Matt and the station for the supoort over the years!


KKID 92.9FM/The Basement Tapes w/ Nick & Bootsy After years of support from this stellar radio station, we finally had the chance to meet them during a weekend of shows in southern Missouri and did an interview for the station! Check it out on YouTube! --->


Opening for UK act/Wind-Up Records' artists YOUNG GUNS & CITIZEN ZERO We'll be sharing the stage alongside YOUNG GUNS and CITIZEN ZERO Wednesday, September 28th at our favorite hometown rock n roll venue, The Riot Room! Next full band show in the KC area - RSVP/info:

Get your tickets now:


Feature in Crazy Bitch Magazine Check out our feature in Issue 2 of alternative e-zine Crazy Bitch Magazine! (Pages 22/23)


RVC now streaming on Pandora! Stream our new EP Crystal Clear now - Create your own RVC Pandora station, share our songs, give our songs a 'like'


Kansas City rock band returns to St. Joseph - Article/interview via News Press Now Thank you to Andrew Gaug for this one! Read up here --->


acoustic in Oz Mini Tour Thank you's go out to Pumphouse Wichita, City Limits McPherson, Rusty Needle Hutchinson and all the press/media who supported us and gave us airplay and news coverage - the b/Hutch News, McPherson Weekly News, KSUN 95.9FM/Full Court Press, KJAG Radio, Images by Bob and KSKU 100.3FM KS Rocks/The Scene w/ Frankie Shayne - look for more tour dates coming soon!


Red Velvet Crush nominated for ROCKWiRED MAGAZiNE's Artist of the Month You can cast your vote for RVC to be selected as ROCKWiRED's July 2016 Artist of the Month at this link:


Stellar show preview via Mills Record Company: "Red Velvet Crush makes unapologetic rock n roll. Taking direction from more radio-friendly late 90s and early aughts rock, the band does well to inject the form with a more contemporary sound. Red Velvet Crush’s vocal melodies stay stuck in your mind for days while their heavy riffs give their pop structures a brooding texture." - Brian Clifton, Mills Record Company



Red Velvet Crush talks w/ New Music Inferno - Las Vegas Click the link to take a listen to the podcast of our talk w/ JR of New Music Inferno/Las Vegas!!


RVC celebrates the release of new EP @ Riot Room A big THANK YOU to everyone involved and who made it out to the show!! Photos and videos coming soon 



RVC's brand new EP Crystal Clear is now available on iTunes and all digital music retailers!!


Red Velvet Crush premieres impressive new track Forget-Me-Not via Music Junkie Press Check out the stellar writeup and exclusive premiere of our brand new single "Forget-Me-Not" off our new EP Crystal Clear.


"Red Velvet Crush makes unapologetic rock n roll. Taking direction from more radio-friendly late 90s and early aughts rock, the band does well to inject the form with a more contemporary sound. Red Velvet Crush’s vocal melodies stay stuck in your mind for days while their heavy riffs give their pop structures a brooding texture." - Brian Clifton, Mills Record Company 

Red Velvet Crush is a 5x award winning female fronted pop/rock from Kansas City, Missouri; built on dreams and a passion. Through song, Red Velvet Crush tells the stories of courage, motivation and of making choices to make a change, for the better. Realizing what you know and what you dream to create the life you desire, the person you aspire to be; to move past what has held you back in life, to always strive to move forward to break boundaries in your life to achieve your dreams and goals.
While Daniel Mendala spent his time performing in regional rock bands, Jillian Riscoe was pursuing a solo pop career since childhood. In search of a bassist for shows around the Midwest, Jillian met Daniel through a mutual musician friend and began performing together. Both connecting through their viewpoints and influences in music, the two would sit down in between band rehearsals and study music they loved and were inspired by; Daniel influenced by the sounds of classic country, poetic/political acts such as Simon and Garfunkel and 80’s rock n roll (Guns N Roses in particular) while Jillian was inspired by the 50’s/60’s pop, soul and rock acts and pop of the 90s and early 2000’s such as Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and Savage Garden; however the two both loved the pop and rock elements that seemed to surface throughout the music they both loved. Since the start of RVC in early 2012, the pop/rock act has been steadily building their band and brand together. The duo has performed multiple times a week with acoustic cover shows and select original shows; the stripped down performances of many musical genres brought a new life to the duo’s songwriting skills and writing styles, especially heard through the recordings the band has released thus far. The duo traveled to Austin, TX to record with producer Dave Percefull at yellowDOGstudios for the band’s debut EP, Smoke and Mirrors, released summer of 2013. Combined, RVC has been performing and songwriting since a very young age and have put their ethic of hard work, passion and dedication towards creating opportunities over the years to perform at such national conferences as the NAMM Show in California, the first ever CDBaby DIY Musician Con in Chicago, have opened up for musical acts such as Art Alexakis/Everclear, Lisa Loeb, The Dreaming/Stabbing Westward, Tantric, Blameshift, Dellacoma, Kingshifter, Roses Unread, Freakabout!, City of the Weak, Wind-Up Records artists Young Guns and Citizen Zero and the rock icons Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Rick Springfield. The band has collectively received artist sponsorships and partnerships from Daisy Rock Guitars, Belladonna’s Cupboard Cosmetics, Telefunken Eletroaukustik and more, radio airplay from dozens of national and regional FM and online radio stations, write-ups and reviews from dozens of national and local newspapers, blogs and magazines, performed on over a dozen TV programs/morning shows (FOX, CBS affiliates, KCPT,) have been featured acts at regional festivals such as the Plaza Art Fair, Waterfest, Gladfest, Aggiefest, acoustic tours in national chain entertainment stores such as Best Buy, Borders Books and Music, performed the national anthem at sporting events for World Series champions Kansas City Royals, KC T-Bones, the American Royal, worked musically with The Grammy Museum, garnered soundtrack placements, put on self-produced benefit shows/volunteer work for the city of Joplin, MO post tornado (Rock 4 Heart & Home,) and have won five awards thus far for Best Pop Band (KC Cassi Awards,) Female Vocalist of the Year, Acoustic Band of the Year (Midwest Music Awards.)

Red Velvet Crush's new EP Crystal Clear was just released to an enthusiastic, loud crowd at Riot Room in the band's hometown of Kansas City, MO. Equally showcasing both sides of the 5x award winning act’s love for pop and rock, with a brand new full band lineup, RVC put forth a high energy set premiering each new song off the band's new record as well as a couple fan familiar favorites. Crystal Clear was produced by Joshua Gleave in the heart of Music Row in Nashville, TN with studio drums by Lester Estelle Jr. (Kelly Clarkson, Pillar) The new EP features four brand new original songs that are versatile from one another in sounds and story yet effortlessly meld pop and rock together with the magnetic drive and punchy guitar riffs of Daniel Mendala and the bold yet vibrant vocals of Jillian Riscoe that also blend in the perfect amount of a rock n roll edge to the songs creating what truly is Red Velvet Crush. Find more info on the band at and download Crystal Clear on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Pandora and more. 

“Red Velvet Crush has just released the EP CRYSTAL CLEAR and their pop sensibility is right in synch with their tendency to rock.” - ROCKWiRED MAGAZiNE

Jillian Riscoe


Daniel Mendala


Nick Carter

Brandon Douglas



More dates coming soon!


Panic Room Official Lyric Video (2016)

State of Emergency Official Music Video Teaser (2017)

Red Velvet Crush - State of Emergency (Official Music Video)


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