Riley Clemmons has released her Christmas single "The First Christmas." Written with Ethan Hulse, the song uses the refrain of the hymn "Noel" to re-create the wonder of the first Christmas. She has taken the time to reflect on the song.
Clemmons writes, "With all the busyness this month can bring, I pray that we may all remember the reason for the season this Christmas. The miracle of the first Noel still lives and breathes with us and among us.
As I've taken a step away from my phone & social media & travel this month, it's been incredible to witness the joy tucked into the moments that we can so easily miss throughout the day to day. It's been such a gift to be present this season. I believe that's where a true connection to the first Christmas really begins. God, help me believe again like it's the first Christmas."
Clemmons is a 21-year-old artist from Nashville, TN who has accumulated nearly 250 million global streams and 50 million YouTube video views in her young career. After spending years honing her craft in writers' rooms, Riley sky-rocketed onto the scene with her 2017 Capitol CMG debut single "Broken Prayers," which has generated over 30 million global streams to date. Her 2018 self-titled album debut quickly entered the Billboard Heatseekers chart, entering at No. 13.
Her latest album, Godsend, has received wide critical acclaim and has quickly established Riley as an artist to watch. The album's single, "Keep On Hoping," has become the fastest growing single of her young career, breaking Top 20 on Billboard and MediaBase Radio charts while garnering millions of streams worldwide. 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.