Earlier this morning, country music’s rising star and one of our 2019 Artists to Watch, Riley Green made his national television debut on NBC’s Today Show. He took the stage during the 10 AM hour with co-anchors, Hoda Kotb and Jenna B. Hagar, performing his debut single, “There Was This Girl” off his EP In A Truck Right Now.
Before performing his infectious chart-climbing single, Hoda and Jenna came to the stage to introduce and talk to the singer-songwriter. When chatting with Green, Hoda mentioned, “First of all can we just say this is your national television debut and we are honored and Riley, when your career goes through the roof, please let’s remember we were all here together on this day!” With Hoda continuing by saying, “How does this ascent feel? I mean all of a sudden people are saying your name and singing your songs.” Green replying, “I don’t think I really fathom it too much you know, it was really fortunate I was able to play the Grand Ole Opry for the first time this year and so my grandparents think I’m famous now but I mean playing the Today Show I feel like I’m kind of starting to believe it a little bit, it’s a pretty big deal.”
After the quick interview, it was the moment country music fans were waiting for. Green kicked off the year, giving viewers at home an upbeat and energized performance to remember. For viewers who did not know who Riley Green was before, they sure do now. Throughout the performance, Green’s infectious smile didn’t leave his face. At the end of the song, the studio erupted in cheers, while Hoda and Jenna came back on stage clapping and cheering, “Yes Yes Yes,” excitedly calling his performance outstanding, making it a moment to never forget. Check out our own live performance with Riley Green from our Swag Session below.
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