Amber Riley is a singer, actress, songwriter and Dancing with the Stars Mirrorball Champion. She is currently working on her debut album. She can also be seen, as a guest star, reprising her role as Mercedes Jones for the fifth season of Glee.
"And I think that’s the key to life – make your own path, set your own rules because there is no set rule, there’s no set look. There is no set anything. You make your own rules in your life, and you make your own decisions."
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The episode ends on a lovely note with Mercedes going to see Rachel again and conceding that she’s happy to be a prude. She doesn’t care because she knows she’s made the right decision with Sam. Rachel tells Mercedes there was actually one moment where she thought she might have a little something with Sam (oh boy, did we dodge that bullet), and Mercedes asks if she’s having any moments with any other men. Rachel says she’s closed for business. She wasn’t dating Finn when he died but they both knew they were endgame. “There’s a line between your past and your future,” and she’ll draw it when she’s ready. Maybe some time, but not right now. Just some really lovely work from Lea Michele and Amber Riley this week — I’ll take quality over quantity any day. Mercedes tells Rachel it’s great to have a girlfriend to talk to. “It really is.” It really is!
She is called up by the pastor to sing, but instead of “Move On Up A Little Higher” we get “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner. It’s a weird fit, and I have to assume everyone in the church was all, “Huh?” but it sure did sound good, and they gospel-ed it up with the choir accompaniment. It also brought out a grittier sound in Amber Riley’s lower register that I would like to hear 1000x more. A-