Riley Clemmons – For the Good (Single)

Capitol CMG

Release Date: January 14th 2022

Reviewed by: Joshua Andre

Riley Clemmons For the Good (Single) (Amazon mp3/iTunes)

Track Listing:

  1. For the Good
  2. For The Good (Acoustic)
  3. For The Good (Live From Tour, San Diego, CA 2021)

Bursting on the scene when she was just 18 years old, Riley Clemmons wowed us all with her duet with Social Club Misfits called “Misfit Anthem”, then her debut solo single “Broken Prayers” via Capitol Christian Music Group, and also her self-titled debut album in August 2018. And from these impacting and compelling melodies, there’s absolutely no doubt that Riley has an extremely bright future ahead of her, as she steps into the doors God has opened for her. Still relatively new in the CCM industry; I think the first time I heard her voice on the radio (or internet or wherever you can hear music these days), was with Fern and Marty from Social Club on “Misfit Anthem” early in 2017. Since then, Riley’s music has been a revelation- and you can read my brother’s review of Riley Clemmons’ debut album here; but now the time has come for brand new music. Since Riley’s debut album, she unveiled the singles “Fighting For Me”, “Free”, “Over And Over”, “Healing” and “Keep On Hoping” (you can read those reviews hereherehere, here and here!); while Riley also released her sophomore album Godsend. Jon also blogged about Riley’s burgeoning influence in a blog last year; and he also voiced his thoughts on Riley’s latest single “Headspace”. This year though (in fact today!), Riley has unveiled to us a brand-new single “For The Good”, a more worshipful melody compared to any song from Godsend.

Yes, it is indeed true that Jon reviewed “For The Good” the same day it released last year. Since that time though, Riley has added onto her single an acoustic version, a live version and a music video version of the song. So… does this mean that this ‘review’ is surplus and not needed? I mean, in one way, yes, maybe I am writing more than I need to. But perhaps this ‘review’ is a reminder for myself, of the message of this song that Riley has outlined to us all. That everything that happens in our lives is for our good, even though we cannot see it at the time. Such comforting and healing words ought to be words that we can look back on and be inspired and encouraged. And such, even though this ‘review’ has been ‘done’ before, let me quote to you part of Jon’s review. We all need a hopeful and powerful song like this to get us going! With Riley Clemmons also having released powerful and impacting music videos for quite a number of her singles; I believe that the only way to go for Riley is up and up. Hopefully Riley will be the next name on everyone’s lips in maybe both Christian and mainstream markets very soon… So what more can I say? That Riley’s soothing and captivating voice makes me want to listen to her debut project and her sophomore project over and over until her third full length album sometime this year or next year? Because it does! So check out this brand new single pronto! Well done Riley, can’t wait for more and more new music!

‘For the Good’ literally came out of the blue- I don’t think anyone who has been following Riley’s music thus far, would ever think that she’d release a new song, shortly after Godsend. the truth of the matter is that the song was released now- and maybe it was released now for a very good reason. That in such a world of calamity and chaos, we are to remember that God works everything for our good, even if we can’t see it ourselves. Basically Romans 8:28 in song, Riley offers us a declaratory anthem to assert in our own lives, especially during time as divisive as 2020 and 2021. Who are we going to let determine and dictate our lives moving forward- ourselves or God, or even the Devil? God is good, and He works things for good, and even if we can’t see it now, there will always be good coming out of something unfortunate. Always. Maybe ‘For the Good’ can be a new anthem to bring to light, issues to do with us trusting the Lord for our futures in Him? Whatever the case, the song cannot come at a better time- when everyone is facing various lockdowns and the prospect of COVID-19 being around in the community for quite some time; ‘For the Good’ gives us some reassurance in this fragile state of mind we can often feel that we are in. 

‘…SURPRISE! My brand-new single “For The Good” is out this Friday (9/24), everywhere you listen to music. This song is deeply rooted in one of my favorite Bible verses of all time, Romans 8:28, saying “all things work together for the good for those who love God and are the called according to His purposes.” This verse has brought my family & myself so much comfort over the past couple of years, as not only we’ve walked through a tough time as a family, but as we’ve watched the world around us change. Never so much before have we needed the promise that God is working things together for the good. I hope this song encourages you & reminds you, no matter what season you’re walking through, that God is with you and for you. Can’t wait for Friday!!!…’

’For The Good’ was born from a season of walking alongside my family as we navigated hurt and loss as a unit. During that time, my family and I found ourselves clinging to and reminding ourselves of the verse Romans 8:28. We were able to watch as God redeemed so much of that pain and brought us closer together in empathy and love. ‘For The Good’ is a reflection of how I’ve experienced God’s promise over the past couple of years.

Score: 4.5/5

RIYL: Lauren Alaina, Francesca Battistelli, Selena Gomez, Lauren Daigle, Britt Nicole

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