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Christian artist Riley Clemmons to kick off 2024 Festival of the Bells concert series

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Caitlin Forsha, The Highland County Press

The first headlining act of the 2024 Festival of the Bells was revealed this week, as event organizer Brian Robinson announced that Riley Clemmons will open this year’s festival on Thursday, July 4 as the featured Christian artist.

The Christian opening act series is sponsored by the Hillsboro Ministerial Association for the Festival of the Bells. The event is sponsored by churches in Highland and surrounding counties, along with local businesses. Any local churches, businesses or individuals who would like to contribute to this year’s Christian concert are encouraged to contact Robinson at (937) 402-0353.

According to her website, “Riley Clemmons is a rising artist from Nashville, Tenn. who has accumulated over half a billion global streams and 85 million YouTube video views since the beginning of her almost decade-long career. After spending years refining her craft in writers’ rooms, Clemmons skyrocketed onto the scene with her 2017 Capitol CMG debut single ‘Broken Prayers,’ which has generated over 56 million global streams since its release. Her 2018 self-titled album debut quickly entered the Billboard Heatseekers chart, debuting at No. 13.

“Clemmons released her much-anticipated sophomore album, ‘Godsend,’ in 2021, which cemented her place as an artist to watch with accolades from Rolling Stone and People Magazine as well as performances on the 2021 SHEIN X ROCK THE RUNWAY virtual fashion show, the TODAY Show, FOX & Friends, and debut at the Grand Ole Opry. The lead single, “Fighting for Me,” became her top-performing song with 160 million worldwide streams, and “Keep On Hoping” became the fastest-growing single of her career, breaking Top 20 on Billboard and MediaBase Radio charts and receiving over 5 million streams in its first 8 weeks. 

“In 2021, Clemmons was nominated as Female Artist of the Year at the 9th Annual K-LOVE Fan Awards making her the youngest nominee in the show’s history.

“An accomplished composer, performer, producer, and recording artist, Clemmons draws inspiration from life experiences, blending musical influences ranging from pop to classic rock to create music that is as catchy as it is relatable.”

In September, Clemmons released her latest album “Church Pew,” with songs including “Loved By You” and “Miracle,” according to Spotify.

Clemmons’ other hits include “Better for It,” “For the Good” and “Over and Over” (featuring Lauren Alaina), according to her Wikipedia page. 

image-20240229104727-1Robinson said that Clemmons is currently appearing with Zach Williams on the “A Hundred Highways” tour. Robinson added that he has seen Clemmons in concert with former Festival of the Bells Christian artist Danny Gokey. 

The 2024 Festival of the Bells will be held July 4, 5 and 6 at Crossroads Park in Hillsboro (green space on West Main Street). Additional information, including on the other two concert headliners and other activities, will be released in the coming months.

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