Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer named Best New Podcast by The Nashville Scene!!! 

Ron Wynn has been a friend, an ally, and someone I respect for years, since my beginning in Nashville. That’s what makes this honor so much grander for me. Thank you to Ron and to the Nashville Scene for honoring Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer, I’m so grateful. You can check out the entire piece HERE.

The Tennessean presents Hallowed Sound, including an essay by Rissi Palmer 

Thank you so much to the Tennessean, especially Matthew Leimkuehler, for asking me to reflect on the last year in Country music. Hallowed Sounds includes pieces from Mickey Guyton, Allison Russell, Willie Jones, Darius Rucker, and more. I'm honored to be included in those voices. You can read the essay in full HERE

Introducing Seeds... 

When I became an independent artist 11 years ago, it took me a moment to get over the idea that I was going to be “saved”, that a record company/manager/agent/publisher was going to swoop in, take the art I was making, and elevate it to the next level. It was a total let down when my white knight never arrived, when I realized that no one was coming to save me. What did happen was I discovered other avenues to market and brand myself that were rewarding and lucrative…all while maintaining ownership of my product. In other words…I learned to save myself.  

Seeds came from my belief that the new music business model will evolve from the need for a “middle man” (i.e. a record label, booking agents, etc.), to artists choosing and creating their own destinies, partnering with larger entities only when they’ve reached the limits of their own power. Artists will learn the various alternate routes directly from the music industry professionals who are doing this work every day. When you give the knowledge directly to the people, they will be able to do for themselves, thus demystifying the process.  

Seeds is a monthly, 90 minute presentation, hosted by yours truly, where music business professionals from the publishing, distribution, management, and booking agent world will speak directly to artists about the how to of getting their music exposed. There will be time for Q&A as well as an opportunity to present your work directly to industry professionals for evaluation and constructive critique.

The first event on Sunday, June 27 at 4pm et/3pm et, will feature my dear friend and first publisher, Debbie Z and her partner Tara Shannon. Their company, The Syndicut, is a unique development program for artists and writers looking to advance their skills and establish themselves. With a special focus on education, The Syndicut empowers music creators in becoming successful entrepreneurs making a sustainable living in music. Their program acts as an incubator with continuous skill development through one-on-one personalized coaching while providing additional opportunities through the publishing company, Syndicut Music Publishing, and sister label Willow Sound Records. You can register for this event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/150372180239

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Nov11

Fisk Jubilee Singers 150th Anniversary Benefit Concert

The Ryman, 116 Rep John Lewis Way N. , Nashville, TN

Multi-Award-Winning Fisk Jubilee Singers® Celebrate 150 Years with Talent-Packed Benefit Show at Ryman Auditorium

Special Musical Guests to Include Dr. Bobby Jones, Jason Eskridge, Ruby Amanfu, Natalie Hemby, Brassville, Rissi Palmer, Kyla Jade, Tommy Sims, Starlito and Curt Chambers

To honor their history as Nashville’s earliest ambassadors of music and to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ensemble, the Fisk Jubilee Singers will host and perform at a benefit concert in the historic Ryman Auditorium on November 11, 2021.

“This has been an extraordinary year, and we are so excited about the future of the Fisk Jubilee Singers,” said Dr. Jens Frederiksen, Executive Vice President, Fisk University. “The voices of the Fisk Jubilee Singers have inspired generations across the country and the world, and today’s ensemble continues to exemplify everything that makes Fisk University such a special place.”

A significant part of Nashville’s history since 1871, the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers will be celebrating this milestone through performances of their traditional repertoire of spirituals with a stacked lineup of talent including Jason Eskridge, Ruby Amanfu, Natalie Hemby, Brassville, Rissi Palmer, Kyla Jade, Tommy Sims, Starlito, Curt Chambers and Dr. Bobby Jones. Marcia Dyson, founder of Women’s Global Institute, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. Shannon Sanders, the GRAMMY®, Emmy and Dove award-winning producer, will serve as co-musical director for the concert with Musical Director and Fisk Jubilee Singer Alumnus Dr. Paul T. Kwami.

Earlier this year, the Fisk Jubilee Singers received their first GRAMMY® Award for Best Roots Gospel Album, making Fisk University the first Historically Black College & University (HBCU) to receive a GRAMMY®. They were also honored with the Rhapsody and Rhythm Award from the National Museum of African American Music and a Dove Award nomination. A $1.5 million anonymous donation, one of the largest in the Fisk Jubilee Singers’ history, was gifted to the ensemble. The donation will help to establish a permanent endowment named after Dr. Kwami and will provide a foundation to further support artistic projects and recruit future generations of extraordinary talent.

“Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Fisk Jubilee Singers is an incredible milestone,” said Butch Spyridon, President and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “We are honored to support this event and the singers who first started exporting music from Music City all those years ago.”

The Fisk Jubilee Singers were organized as a choral ensemble in 1871 and played an important role in introducing and sustaining the tradition of the Negro spiritual to the world. The ensemble traveled throughout the world in the 1800s, singing songs that were sacred to them and raising money to support Nashville’s Fisk University. The group still travels globally, representing not only Fisk University but also Music City. The ensemble is comprised of Fisk University students, who are selected annually through an audition process.

$46.50 - $75

The ArtsCenter presents Rissi Palmer

ArtsCenter , 300-G East Main St. , Carrboro NC 27510

I am calling this show “Rissi’s Mixtape”, where I’ll be performing my favorite songs from my favorite artists. Where else can you hear Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Ann Peebles, and Patsy Cline in the same playlist? The full band will be there, along with a few special guests...don't miss it!!!

$25

Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer Live Taping w/ Charley Lowry & Roger Dale

James B. Hunt Library on Centennial Campus at NC State University, 1070 Partners Way Campus Box 7132 , Raleigh, NC 27606-7132

We will be recording a live episode of Color Me Country Radio w/ Rissi Palmer on the campus of NC State University with Lumbee singer songwriter and activist, Charley Lowry, and Lumbee Country Soul singer, Roger Dale. It'll be a night a good conversation and live performances...you won't want to miss it!!!

FREE event, must reserve space