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.
“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.