Friday, January 4, 2019

Riley Harrison Clark's Debut Album, Welcome to Me

Hey, y'all!

I'm sure all of you have seen the announcement regarding Riley Harrison Clark's departure from Tribute Quartet to pursue his solo career.  About six years ago, we attended our first full Tribute Quartet concert (although having seen them at events previously), and there we officially "met" all of TQ.  We throughly enjoyed the evening of music, and that was the first of many.

A photo from the first full Tribute Quartet concert we attended!  Feb. of 2012.
Riley and his wife Megan very quickly became dear friends of our family, and we've had the pleasure of proudly looking on as he had many highlights in both his personal life and ministry over the years...getting married, becoming a father to two, winning many nominations and awards, the recent release of his debut album (Welcome to Me), etc.  While we will certainly miss seeing Riley with Tribute, we are very excited to for him and look forward to seeing how the Lord continues to use him in this new chapter of his life.

We were honored to be at the release party for Welcome to Me at NQC 2018.  After immediately purchasing a copy, we played it all week long and heard it probably half a dozen times before we even left Pigeon Forge.  Riley has a fantastic voice-- combine that with his heart for people and ministry, and you have this album of nine songs that will truly touch and bless you.  I think every song on here will resonate with you in some way.  I'm going to share about just a few of our favorite songs off the album, and then you have to go get your own and listen to the rest!

  • Glory to Glory
  • Welcome to Me
  • Still
  • I Surrender
  • You Will Be Found
  • Running Down My Fear
  • Then He Opened His Arms
  • One With You
  • Remember His Faithfulness

The first song we heard from this project was You Will Be Found, live from the NQC Main Stage, and it quickly became a favorite.  For those of you that have not heard this song, go listen to it...this song is basically a tribute to those friends (and sometimes strangers!) that help keep you going just when you're struggling the most.  When you feel like it could not get any worse, reach out... you may just be surprised at who comes running to lead you home.

A personal favorite is Running Down My Fear, written by Riley Harrison Clark and Lee Black.  It seems there are so many things to fear in this world, and it's easy to let those fears get the best of us.  Living in constant fear can be paralyzing and keep you from fully living the life the Lord has for you, but we need to realize that as a child of God there may be bumps in the road, but we truly have nothing to fear.  With the Lord's help we can face anything, even what may seem impossible at the time, with His peace that passes all understanding.  

(Take a moment and listen as Riley shares about his album.)

Another track on repeat is Remember His Faithfulness, written by Riley Harrison Clark, Sue C. Smith & Lee Black.  This song is a great reminder that is all too often needed.  When we go through a hard time, what's the response of our human nature?  To let it get us down, have doubts, fears, and sometimes bitterness regarding the situation.  But if we'll take a minute and think back to other moments in our life (as well as others' lives), we'll see that Christ has never failed us, or any of His children, even once.  It's important to remember that although there may be struggles along the way, He'll see us through just like He has so many times before.  Whatever else changes, He never will.

Riley's last U.S. concert.
If you haven't yet, make sure you head on over to Riley's website to purchase your own copy - it's a decision you won't regret! You can also go Like his Facebook page to stay up to date with any news regarding his solo career.  Riley, you've been a dear friend and blessing to our family for many years now.  We'll miss seeing you and Megan as frequently as we've been able to, but look forward to seeing you soon at a solo concert!

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