Riley Clemmons is a 20-year-old pop singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. This Christian pop style singer was discovered at 13, signed at 16 and has continued to have a successful career. A total of 85 million streams and rising, she is definitely an artist to keep an eye on. She recently released a new version of her song “Over and Over” featuring Lauren Alaina to create an even more emotional and powerful version. A member of Veracious had the honor to chat with Riley Clemmons about her latest single found below.
Interview by Lexi Schnell
You just released a new version of “Over and Over”, what was it like getting to reimagine this song with Lauren Alaina?
Lauren brought so much power, light, emotion, and beauty to this song. I’ve been such a fan of her and her music, so getting to collaborate with her was truly a special experience. Reimagining elements within “Over and Over” allowed me to find a new purpose within the song itself… especially now more so than ever.
The first two lines you sing “Staring at a mountain thought I had already climbed, The weight of my mistakes hold me down like I’m paralyzed”, these are very powerful lyrics. What was the inspiration behind this song?
I remember walking into the studio with the title “Over and Over,” wanting to capture the feeling of awe of gratitude that I was overwhelmed with at the time. I wanted to paint a picture of forgiveness and grace… of being chosen and loved despite every imperfection. Unconditional love is something I truly am in awe of.
The music video you released for “Over and Over” you filmed and directed yourself, how was this process for you? Did you enjoy having full creative control for this video?
I had the most amazing time directing and filming this video from home with my family during social isolation. We were able to capture such a unique moment in history from the perspective of how we were experiencing it. I enjoyed pushing myself to try something out of my comfort zone, like directing and taking full control of a shoot. Of course I missed my amazing team of creatives, but I also loved being able to create a vision and execute it myself. It was a special shoot.
How has this self isolation period been for you? Has it been beneficial at all for you musically?
I’ve learned a lot in the stillness. Admittedly, I love staying busy and being on the go. Being forced to slow down has shown me the contentment and fullness that comes from simply being. I’ve been able to write a lot of music, pulling inspiration from the experience of being isolated. I’m excited about the songs that have come from the last few weeks.
What’s the best musical advice you’ve ever been given?
“Write the song you need to hear.”
Make sure you check out the latest version of “Over and Over” found here!