Written Recap by Seacrest Studios Program Manager, Mamie Shepherd
Photography by Trent Nicholson
Video by Maddie Herreid
Capitol CMG artist, Riley Clemmons, made pulling an all-nighter look like fun when she stopped by Seacrest Studios in her hometown – Nashville, TN! On the day her debut, self-titled album dropped, Riley had been up for over 24 hours straight! Riley started her day in the wee hours by celebrating her album release in New York City! She was so excited that she just stayed awake from Times Square to Nashville where she sang her heart out to adoring fans in Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt! You can go a long time on just a little sleep when you are that excited! Our patients matched Riley’s enthusiasm and peppered her with tons of questions about her likes, dislikes, and how she keeps going when she gets tired.
Patients were encouraged to learn that Riley actually started writing songs when she was just 13! That gave many who had gathered in the studio, and those watching from upstairs, motivation to start writing down their thoughts and feelings to put to music! After all, writing is something patients can do from almost anywhere!
It was really exciting to know that Riley has worked with award-winning songwriters and that she is even going on tour in the fall with American Idol star, Danny Gokey!
Clemmons’ songs, “Broken Prayer” and “I’ll Stay” are studio favorites and have been part of the line-up at Seacrest Studios and on Radio Disney. Because of that, it didn’t take two seconds for patients to pick up on the choruses of Riley’s songs and sing along with her.
After answering questions, playing a game of This Or That, and singing some tracks from her album, Riley left us with hugs and encouraging words to keep our spirits up and our determination high! It was an engaging, therapeutic visit with a compassionate performer we are sure to hear more big things from!
Thanks, Riley, for the laughter, love, and lyrics. We were “Better For It” and can’t wait to hear more of your music!
Riley’s self-titled album, Riley Clemmons, is out now!