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Riley Clemmons Releases New Version of “Over and Over” Featuring Lauren Alaina

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Capitol CMG artist Riley Clemmons’ music is the intersection of her root in church music and love for fresh, upbeat pop. Though youthful, the Tennessee native has a seasoned strength that shines throughout her music. She began writing songs at the age of 13 and played shows around her hometown.

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Growing up in Nashville, which local gospel artists influenced your decision to pursue a career in music?

Growing up in Nashville I was constantly surrounded by incredible artists & music from a variety of genres. Gospel music resonated with me & was influential right from the start. I listened to a lot of Natalie Grant, Kirk Franklin, Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, Nicole C. Mullen… the list goes on.

You took years of dance lessons. If the opportunity arose, would you compete on “Dancing With The Stars”?

Absolutely 10000%.

Read you were discovered at a school pageant which led to shows throughout your hometown. At which venue did you make your stage debut?

Yes! I met my manager at a middle school choir concert. From there, I started taking writing sessions in Nashville. I grew up on any stage I could get on … from dance, to vocal lessons, to theatre. My first show as a signed artist was at Rocketown in Nashville.

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Your lyrics are inspired by struggles, with relationships and with your faith. Where is your favorite place in town to write?

It changes all the time. I love moving around to stay inspired, so I’m writing in different studios as I collaborate with different writers and producers. Usually my ideas start from driving or working out or doing my makeup, so I write wherever the song comes.

How did you choose “Broken Prayers” to be your debut single?

It truly felt like the first thing I wanted to say as an artist. I had been learning my voice as an artist & writer for years at that point, and “Broken Prayers” immediately felt like something special.

What is the backstory to “Over and Over”?

Honestly, I walked into the session purely in awe… in awe of being loved & accepted & chosen, despite every single time I’ve fallen short. “Over and Over” came from the inspiration of finding love and hope in something as simple as a sunrise. Grace is a beautiful thing. There is a home video version for the song.

Was this the first video you created on your own?

Yes! This was the first video I created on my own. It was such a special experience … capturing once in a lifetime moments with my family, experiencing social isolation together. The old home video footage and behind the scenes footage from tour added something so special, as well. I found so much light and life in pushing myself to try something new. In the middle of an unprecedented, seeming completely dark time, we found a way to make the best of it.

You are releasing a new version of the single with Lauren Alaina. What brought the two of you together on this project?

My manager called me, and presented me with the idea of reaching out to Lauren to see if she’d be interested in singing on a new version of “Over and Over.” Immediately, it was the most obvious yes ever to have such a powerhouse, amazingly talented artist like Lauren sing on this song. She said yes to collaborating, which was beyond exciting, and she absolutely crushed it. She’s incredible. And so unbelievably kind.

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“Over and Over” feat. Lauren Alaina

Will you be writing with Lauren?

I would love that!!

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Tours are indefinitely on hold. What are some of your favorite tour memories to date?

I have so many incredible tour memories. I love looking back on all the different venues we’ve gotten to play. From clubs, to theatres, to arenas, to European shows, it’s been amazing to get to look back over the past few weeks.

How are you taking care of yourself during the quarantine?

Sleeping, writing, exercise, family, cooking, painting …. the list goes on. All the little things add up.

Favorite at home workouts?

I love “The Body Coach” HIIT workouts on YouTube. I started doing them on the road, but they’re also great for at home.

Music heals. What message do you hope fans take away after listening to your music?

Hope is never lost. You are not alone. One day at a time is more than enough. You are loved.

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