It's hard to believe that it has been 10 YEARS since my debut album, Rissi Palmer, was released!!! Monday (Oct. 23) is the 10th anniversary and to commemorate, we live streamed the performance of the entire album, you can see the video above...
"Thanks to his passionate delivery and gift for interpretation, Owens successfully proves that the songs of Johnny Cash belong every bit in the soul canon as they do in country." - Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone Magazine
A year ago, I got a phone call to come sing on a project that bridges the gap between Country and Soul music...and I immediately said "YES!!!". Brian Owens brought together some incredible musicians and singers to perform song from an iconic American artist, Johnny Cash, and I'm honored to have been among them. It's authentic, soulful, and a beautiful tribute to a great artist. Soul of Cash features "Ring of Fire", "Folsom Prison", and an original song written by myself and Brian called "Soul in My Country". You can read more about it at RollingStone.com and get a copy on Itunes, Amazon, and Spotify. I will also be performing at the album release party in Nashville on Friday, Oct. 13, RSVP HERE for the show!!!
July 10-14, I will be teaching a Songwriting/Vocal Performance camp for kids ages 8-16 at Walltown Children's Theatre in Durham. We'll be composing, learning a little theory, as well as exploring movement and using our voices. It will be a great time!!! There are a few spots left...reserve your spot or get more information today by clicking HERE.
ST LOUIS!!! I'm coming home. I'm SO excited to come back and be a part of this amazing show with Brian Owens The Vaughans, Dylan McDonald, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra!!! Put it on your calendars now: Sunday, May 21!!! Check the article out HERE and purchase tickets HERE.
In addition to this show, I will be performing solo on the 19th and 20th:
Saturday, May 20: Wood House Concerts Clayton, MO 7-10pm Tickets: This is a house concert that is open to the public, but there are only a limited number of seats. You MUST RSVP to reserve a seat by emailing Rick Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org (please include number in your party). The host will provide the address and other important information. Suggested donation for this show is $18 adv/$20 DOS per person. As always, all this donated money goes to the artist.
I can't wait for this weekend of music, I hope I'll see you out!!!
I am excited to be a part of the statewide kickoff to Black History Month at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the 16th annual African American Cultural Celebration will feature more than 75 musicians, storytellers, dancers, chefs, historians, playwrights, authors, artists, reenactors, and more. Click HERE for more info on this event. I take the stage at 4pm.
Just for the holidays, get a Rissi Palmer music/merch package for the music lover on your list, to expand your musical library, or add to your existing RP collection. There are packages just for kids music, that include tshirts, etc. Go to the STORE page, pick your package, choose from six different albums, and save!!! 10% of all my cd and merch sales this holiday season will go to the Flint Water Fund (http://www.unitedwaygenesee.org/flintwaterfund).
Today I am proud and excited to present to you all the video for my song "Summerville" from my EP The Back Porch Sessions. This video is special because it was filmed in Summerville, GA, birthplace of my mother, Poopoo, and my great grandmother, during my show there on June 25. Several members of my family make cameos in this beautiful piece. A huge thank you to the city of Summerville, my family, and to Caleb Childers at Malachi Films for capturing the magic of this place and its people. If you like it, share it. Check it out by clicking the video above...
A HUGE thank you to Anita, Frank Stasio, and NPR's The State of Things for having me on the show. If you missed it, check out this video of the interview HERE as well as their write up of my visit HERE.
I was asked to give my take on the "controversy" over Beyonce's song "Daddy Lessons" from her new album Lemonade being played on Country radio stations nationwide. You can check out the Pop Dust article HERE and the Flavorwire piece HERE.
It's hard to believe that a year ago this week The Back Porch Sessions was released...thanks to all of you!!! It's been an incredible ride since then. I got to work with some of the best in the business and life. I found my voice and place in this industry as an executive producer, artist, singer, and a woman. I overcame the fear of releasing independently. The project has been featured in such publications as Rolling Stone, People Magazine, and Rolling Out Magazine. I was interviewed by Tavis Smiley and even Perez Hilton sang its praises!!! Not too shabby for Team Little Engine that Could aka God is my Agent!!!
I can't say thank you enough for making this all possible for me. Your contributions and faith sustained me then and keep me going today. I will be shooting a video for "Summerville" in the next couple weeks and I am excited to say that I am in the process of creating two new projects, a follow up to The Back Porch Sessions called Revival and a children's lullaby project called Seeds. I'll keep you posted on their progress and eventual release.
Thank you all again, so very much!!! Happy Anniversary!!!
P.S. In honor of our anniversary, I am selling copies of The Back Porch Sessions for 30% off from today (May 23) until Saturday, May 28. If you or someone you know would like a copy, click the following link (https://rissipalmer.bandcamp.com/album/the-back-porch-sessions) and type "Anniversary" in as the discount code.
Alright friends, it's all set! If you've ever visited my Facebook page, chances are you may have seen my "Ask Rissi" thread. I love the relationship and dialogue that my friends and I have, and this is an extension of that. Get your questions ready and tune your computer in at 7pm eastern on Wednesday, January 20. You type your question and I'll answer in real time. It'll be fun, I'm excited you guys want to do it!!! We can talk about anything (within reason)...I may even sing a song! Go ahead and set a reminder by clicking HERE.
I am extremely excited to announce that my Christmas EP, simply entitled 3, is available TODAY digitally (iTunes, Amazon.com, etc)!!! The project features three songs: the original "Christmas Through Your Eyes" (co-written by yours truly) , the gospel tinged "Children Go Where I Send Thee", and the classic "The Christmas Song". Click HERE to download it now. You can order a physical copy of the project at www.rissipalmermusic.com/store (CDs will ship after December 1)!!!
I'm excited to say that I'll be playing on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 12:45pm at the American Roots Music Festival in Raleigh, NC at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre. I'll be joining Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Grace Potter, and many others on stage!!! Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me, you made this possible!!! Get more details HERE
"Palmer is living in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and their daughter and making trips back to Nashville to develop her new music — with its neo-soul-to-throwback-southern-R&B sound and down-home, confessional point-of-view — when and how she wants to. "It's a different vibe," she explains, sitting at a picnic table on the porch behind the 5 Spot. "The country's still there, because that's still a part of me. But this project is definitely more intentionally soul." - Jewly Hight
Thank you so much Jewly and Rolling Stone Country for this awesome article. You can check it out HERE.
If you missed it live last week, I had a wonderful interview with Charlie Mattos on WSM Radio in Nashville. You can check out the podcast of the interview and my live performance of "Summerville" from my new EP, The Back Porch Sessions HERE!