Today, multi-talented artist and one of People Magazine’s Emerging Artists Riley Clemmons has announced her long awaited third studio album, Church Pew, will be released on September 22nd via Capitol CMG. The 11-track album, co-produced with Jeff Pardo, marks a season a self-discovery for Riley. After experiencing depression and burn out brought on by the pressures of being in the spotlight for so long, Riley spent the better part of a year reflecting and finding what brought her true joy. The resulting body of work follows that journey and demonstrates who she is at her core. Though no stranger to the studio, Church Pew, marks the first time Riley has stepped into the role of Executive Producer. Church Pew is now available for pre-save/pre-sale HERE.
“It feels as though my entire life has been leading up to the creation of this record” shares Riley. “With that said, this album was born from the lowest and toughest point in my life thus far. During an ongoing battle with depression and anxiety and navigating what felt like a true identity crisis, I took a step back from music and creating to live life. I was able to pause long enough to rediscover what I loved and resonated with sonically and lyrically, as I began to allow myself the space to naturally evolve, change, and grow. Church Pew sounds and feels like my DNA. I’m ready and excited for everyone to hear this new side of my heart, artistry, and music. This chapter is going to be a special one.”
In addition to new music news, Riley released the third song from the album and its namesake, “Church Pew.” The delicate and powerful song explores all the pivotal moments that happen within a church pew. From funerals to weddings, AA meetings to general services, people hurting and people in joy, the common denominator is a pew which gives everyone a place to belong. “Church Pew” follows the release of “Loved By You,” which has already surpassed over 1.5 million streams worldwide since its release, and “Miracle,” which is nearing 1 million streams in its first two weeks. Listen to “Church Pew” HERE.
Riley Clemmons is a rising artist from Nashville, TN who has accumulated over half a billion global streams and 85 million YouTube video views since the beginning of her almost decade long career. After spending years refining her craft in writers’ rooms, Riley sky-rocketed onto the scene with her 2017 Capitol CMG debut single “Broken Prayers,” which has generated over 56 million global streams since its release. Her 2018 self-titled album debut quickly entered the Billboard Heatseekers chart, debuting at No. 13. Riley released her much anticipated sophomore, Godsend, in 2021 which cemented her place as an artist to watch with accolades from Rolling Stone and People Magazine as well as performances on the 2021 SHEIN X ROCK THE RUNWAY virtual fashion show, the TODAY Show, FOX & Friends, and debut at the Grand Ole Opry. The lead single, “Fighting for Me,” became her top performing song with 160 million worldwide streams and the track, “Keep On Hoping,” became the fastest growing single of her career, breaking Top 20 on Billboard and MediaBase Radio charts and receiving over 5 million streams in its first 8 weeks. The follow up single “For The Good” has received over 40 million global streams to date and Billboard named her one of the Top Christian Artists for the year ending 2022. In 2021, Riley was nominated as Female Artist of the Year at the 9th Annual K-LOVE Fan Awards making her the youngest nominee in the show’s history. An accomplished composer, performer, producer, and recording artist, Riley draws inspiration from life experiences, blending musical influences ranging from pop to classic rock to create music that is as catchy as it is relatable.