Release Date: May 19th 2023
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
- Loved By You
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 here, here, here, here and here!); while Riley also released her sophomore album Godsend (as well as a deluxe edition of the album reviewed here!). 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”. We also reviewed “For The Good”, a worshipful single released last year (we actually reviewed the single twice- once as a song and another as an EP!); while this year though (in fact this past week!), Riley has unveiled to us a brand-new single “Loved By You”, a direct and vertical worship song directed to God about His unending, undeniable, unquenching and unbridled love for us!
So soon after “For The Good”, so soon after Godsend and the deluxe edition of the same album; here we are with “Loved By You”. A reassuring, inspiring, encouraging and vibrant melody filled with hope and biblical truths that we are in fact loved by Jesus, Riley eloquently and passionately cries out that ‘…I am believed in, I am held on to, don’t have to wonder who I belong to, I’m always wanted, always known and always treasured, it’s true, I am loved by You…I don’t deserve it, I never could, but You’re just that faithful, You’re just that good, how lovely it is to be loved by You…’. And as she imparts to us that Jesus is faithful and that Jesus loves us because that’s just who He is and it’s in His nature; we are reminded that we can rely on Jesus and we can trust Him because of the cross and the resurrection and because we are His children. And as such, 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 releases 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!
After walking through a season of intense creative burnout & navigating the challenges of an all-time low in my mental health, I made the choice to take an extended period of time away from music to get quiet with God and my faith, and ultimately begin the journey of getting my brain & soul healthy again. “Loved By You” tells the story of what I rediscovered and learned in that season of getting quiet, as I was reminded that my identity and worth are rooted in the unchanging and evergreen truth that I am entirely loved by an awesome and faithful God.
My hope is that people are able to remind themselves of that same truth as they hear this song and sing it over themselves. You are so loved. It’s easy to forget, so I believe it’s all the more important to be reminded.
I am truly and deeply thrilled to be back and releasing music again. This season of creating and writing has been life-changing and healing for me in more ways than I can explain. I’m ready and excited for listeners to hear this new side of my heart, artistry, and music, beginning now with “Loved By You.” This chapter is going to be a special one…
RIYL: Lauren Alaina, Francesca Battistelli, Selena Gomez, Lauren Daigle, Britt Nicole