They Say It’s Her Birthday: Amber Riley Turns 27

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Warm up those vocal cords — it’s Amber Riley’s birthday.

The Glee star turns 27 on Friday, and these past couple of years have been quite a gleeful time for Riley.

The actress has made quite an impression on Hollywood after finding fame on the hit FOX comedy-drama in 2009.

In the critically acclaimed and award-winning series, Riley plays Mercedes Jones, a student who’s unafraid to speak her mind as she endures the highs and lows of life at the fictional McKinley High School.

During the past four seasons, Riley has captivated Gleeks everywhere with her powerhouse vocals, which has covered of some of music’s most unforgettable tunes.

In the show’s first season, Aretha Franklin may have found her competition thanks to Mercedes’ rendition of “Respect” in Season 1.

Or, who could forget her emotional tribute of “I Look to You” in honor of the late Whitney Houston in Season 2?

And, of course, we couldn’t help but root for Mercedes as she vented over her broken heart in “Bust Your Windows” in 2012.

Launch the galler to check out more of Amber’s best moments on Glee! Then, send your birthday greetings to the actress in the comments section, below.

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