Riley Clemmons and her family are no strangers to the Cullman community. Her dad Sam and mother, Shannon, graduated from Cullman High School, her Uncle Tim Clemmons is a well-known Cullman City School system music teacher and better known for the hit ‘Frog’ song, and her grandfather, Dr. Lowell Clemmons, practiced as an OB in Cullman for many years.

Although Riley has never lived in Cullman, her singing roots certainly were ingrained in her from her parent’s hometown. Her mother, Shannon, competed and was a finalist on Star Search at only 14 years old. So music obviously runs in the family, and Riley didn’t get the short end of the stick. At age 22, Riley has accumulated over 210 million global streams and 50 million YouTube video views since the beginning of her almost decade-long career.

Riley undoubtedly made a name for herself in 2017 with her debut song ‘Broken Prayers.’ Her 2018 self-titled debut quickly entered the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart, debuting at No. 13. Her latest single, “Keep On Hoping,” has become Riley’s fastest growing single, garnering over 5 million streams across digital platforms in its first 8 weeks and climbing the radio airplay and Billboard charts.

In 2021, she was nominated as Female Artist of the Year at the 9th Annual K-LOVE Fan Awards and last night made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry where she received a standing ovation not once but twice. 

As the parents of Riley, Shannon and Sam couldn’t be more proud. She has made it far in her career, but her humbling attitude and southern raising by mom and dad are what makes Riley unique in the hearts of her fans. 

If you listen to Contemporary Christian music, you have probably heard several of her songs on the radio. In addition, you can check out Riley’s music on most music platforms, including Apple Music and Spotify. Her heart is made of gold, and her voice is mesmerizing, but her southern charm taught to her by Sam and Shannon will always have a mark on Cullman, AL.

📷 Grand Ole Opry