In all this crazy, the one thing that has kept me centered is music. I had the opportunity to collaborate with amazing musicians from all over the world for this fun arrangement of the classic "Islands in the Stream". A HUGE thanks to Caleb Martin for including me on this fun project.
CALEB MARTIN PRESENTS TAKE COVER: Worldwide song collabs from the safety of home
ISLANDS IN THE STREAM by Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb, and Maurice Gibb
Produced and arranged by Caleb Martin Vocals by Rissi Palmer and Dave Bernal
Guitar and mix by Jason Berk
BG vocals by Hannah Abrahim and Jason Berk
Trumpets: Joe Lu Xiaolin (China Philharmonic Orchestra), Enrique Sanchez (Aloe Blacc, Jonas Brothers, Meghan Trainor)
Piano: Michael Sobie (Game of Thrones orchestral tour, Marriage Story, Wicked)
On Wednesday, March 25, I will be playing a 30 min set at 4pm eastern from my home on Stageit as part of the Shut in and Sing festival. Artists Megan McCormick, John Smith, and, Robert Randolph & the Family Band are also playing the same day. You have to reserve a ticket to see the show, live from your computer. There are a limited number of tickets so click HERE to reserve yours. This is a pay what you can show. See you next week!!!
DUE TO COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY, THE MARCH 15TH EDITION OF COUNTRY SOUL IS NOW A LIVE-STREAM ONLY EVENT! You can find the livestream feed at: countrysoulsongbook.com (I will also have the show on Facebook live on my artist page HERE).
"You Were Here (Sage's Song)", from my new album Revival, was written during the lowest of lows for a child I would never get to hold. The stats are that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage and yet there is so much silent pain associated with them. I dedicate this to anyone who has experienced a loss of any kind, or this particuar type of loss... you are not alone. Thank you to Julienne Alexander aka YSSRS for the beautiful animation.
ORANGE LIGHT, written by Howard L. Craft and directed by Joseph Megel, is inspired by the 1991 Imperial Foods Plant fire in Hamlet, NC. This play, with music by Rissi Palmer and movement, tells the story of one North Carolina factory town trying to heal after tragedy strikes. Featuring: Aurelia Belfield, Lakeisha Coffey, Elisabeth Lewis Corley, Marcia Edmundson, Carly P. Jones, Kri Schafer, Abbey Toot
Country Soul Songbook is a high-energy community celebration that spotlights alternative voices in country-soul-Americana music-- a quarterly, seasonal, Durham-centric concert series (and Potluck!) featuring local musicians, AND an online episodic documentary series highlighting artists, Durham culture, and the places (venues, restaurants, etc.) where our community gathers.
The larger intent of the project is to explore, discuss, and demonstrate how the country, soul, and Americana genres, and the Durham community itself, are rooted in the same history, and the same multi-race/multi-identity American soup. We want to build community bridges, and celebrate our unity-in-diversity through the irresistible power of music, food, and the good times that gather people together.
Our first concert will take place at North Star Church of the Arts on Sunday, November 24th, 2019. Featured artists include Kamara Thomas, Rissi Palmer, Phil Cook, Kym Register, and Shana Tucker.
Additional concerts will take place seasonally starting in March 2020. Each concert will feature a combination of artists' original tunes, and curated songs from the existing country-soul-Americana canon.
The pilot episode of the web series will complete filming in 2019 and begin airing online in Spring 2020, with regular episodes to follow. Purchase tickets HERE.
Thank you to Mike O'Cull and Martine Ehrenclou for this awesome review of Revival!!!
"Rissi Palmer is as multifaceted as an artist can be and carries many different songs in her heart. Her brand of Southern Soul is unique, classic, and relevant to these modern times and is likely to turn every head that hears it. If you need some new music that explores roots music in a way you’ve not heard before, this is it."
A HUGE thank you to Black Grooves for this stellar review of Revival:
"Revival is a major leap forward for Rissi Palmer, offering hope in the midst of a world that seems to be spiraling out of control, faith to uplift our souls, and the courage to face injustice and rise up."
Aaaaaayyyyyy!!! Thank you to Rolling Stone Country, Robert Crawford, and Schatzi Hageman for including “Soul Message” in your 10 Best Country & Americana songs of the week list!!!!!!! Also, thank you to Peter Kimosh for the awesome behind the scenes footage in the article. Check out the write up by clicking HERE and get your download of “Soul Message” now by purchasing a pre-order of my new album, Revival, here. Revival will be released on all platforms on October 22...
It was a tremendous honor to be included in this series of intimate concerts with Tift Merritt and The Kruger Brothers and I'm really excited for you all to see the finished product!!! In Studio with Rissi Palmer will premier on UNC-TV on Thursday, September 12th at 9:30 pm. It will also air, Friday, Sept. 13th at 10:30pm and Thursday, October 3rd at 9:30pm. Click HERE to see the whole performance.
Thank you to Mark Kemp, Eddie Huffman, Eric Waters, Dean Driver, and the beautiful Doodad Farm for having me and including me. If you haven't been there to see a show, you're really missing out. You can read about the Doodad Farm and see what I looked like 10 days before having a baby lol HERE...
You and your guests are invited to an exclusive, intimate In Studio concert by Rissi Palmer!
As a local complement to the next Ken Burns’ blockbuster documentary, Country Music, UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina presents In Studio, a series of in-studio concerts featuring some of our state’s best artists from the musical melting pot that is country music.
These hourlong concerts will air statewide on UNC-TV and the North Carolina Channel, as well as available online. Ken Burns’ Country Music, an in-depth, eight-part, 16.5-hour film, premieres Sunday, September 15, at 8 PM, and rolls out across two weeks.
Space is extremely limited, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve your spot now by registering via Eventbrite. For questions, please contact the In Studio producer, Will Mikes, at 919-549-7018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who: You & Your Guests!
What: In Studio with Rissi Palmer
When: Wednesday, July 24
Doors open: 6:30 PM Doors close: 6:50 PM Show starts: 7 PM Show ends: 8-8:30 PM
Where: UNC-TV Studios, 10 UNC-TV Drive, Research Triangle Park, in Durham County (Conveniently located just minutes from I-40 and the Durham Freeway/Hwy 147, with plenty of free, accessible parking.)
Notes: Because we are filming this concert for broadcast, we need all guests seated by 6:45 PM; doors will close at 6:50 PM. No photography or recording during the performance taping.
Confession: The night I found out I was pregnant with Grace, I was terrified. B and I had only been married 4 months, I had just gotten out of my record deal and was preparing to go to LA to meet some new producers and planning my next career path. How was this pregnancy going to affect my dreams? Clearly nothing was ever going to be the same... Luckily for me, it wasn't.
Motherhood has changed me in ways that I am so grateful for. It's not everyone's journey but I am so thankful that it has been mine...
Presented in collaboration with Come Hear NC, a campaign of the NC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
A blend of artists from North Carolina playing originals and artists from around the country paying tribute to NC musicians- Saturday night marquis event - in partnership with the NC Arts Council at the Orange Peel at 10:30pm.
Featured artists include Amanda Anne Platt, Christopher Paul Stelling, Brie Capone, Julia Christgau, Rissi Palmer, Johnny Irion, Lonnie Holley, Josh Blake, Ryan O’Keefe and Daniel Shearin (River Whyless), Jamar Woods, Marisa Blake and an All-Star Asheville backing band.
Women have historically been few and far between in positions producing music, conducting orchestras or engineering audio. But recently, this paradigm has begun to shift. In this panel discussion, attendees will examine this sea change with music industry trailblazers including recording engineer Susan Rogers, musician Rissi Palmer, conductor Melisse Brunet, and musician and scientist Sally Sparks. Here are the details:
When: Thursday, March 21 at 6:30pm
Where: Ambrose West, 312 Haywood Road, Asheville, North Carolina 28806
A very big thank you to the very gracious and wonderful Terry Rader and Stephen at Everything Music Magazine for making me their cover story for the February/March edition. Thank you to Pink Diamonds by Tiwa Lawrence and @Bill Club for making me look pretty ;-) You can check out the story below...
"Four Women" will be an evening of storytelling and song sharing of both original material from each of the singers, as well as covers of songs that are sacred to them and features Four of the Triangle's most powerful singers, Kamara Thomas, Mavis Swan Poole, Tamisha Waden & Rissi Palmer join forces to help officially consecrate the stage at North Star Church of the Arts.
Backed by a powerhouse band of Jeremy Bean Clemons (Soul Understated feat. Mavis SWAN Poole), Darion Alexander (The Foreign Exchange) and Phil Cook, this is certain to be a once-in-a-lifetime performance.
THERE ARE TWO SETS FOR THIS SHOW. GET TICKETS FOR 7pm / 9pm
Hey Florida Friends, I am excited to be taking part in the Livingroom Concert Festival this year. During the week of March 26-30, I will be playing 90+min. intimate shows in Sarasota, Tarpon Springs, St. Pete, and Clearwater. Here are all the details, reserve your tickets now!!!
3/27/19 Listening Room of Palmer Ranch presents Rissi Palmer Sarasota, FL To reserve your ticket, please email at email@example.com.
3/28/19 Hope Street Patio presents Rissi Palmer Tarpon Springs, FL For tickets to this performance, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3/29/19 Living Room Concert Festival Artist Showcase The six acts to be presented are Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints (vintage vibe, WA), Rissi Palmer (acoustic soul, NC), Madison Violet (ON), Five Letter Word (spunky electric trio, OR), Matthew Fowler and the Prado Sisters (modern folk a la montagne, FL), and Cece Teneal & Soul Kamotion (blow your hair back power, FL). Palladium Theater 253 5th Ave. N St. Petersburg, FL 33701 Tickets: $28, VIP Tickets: $75 Purchase tickets HERE.
3/30/19 Kasie Carlson Concerts presents Rissi Palmer Clearwater, FL To reserve your ticket, please email: email@example.com
Safety Harbor Art and Music Center presents Rissi Palmer
The Living Room Festival announced their 2019 lineup and Rissi Palmer was chosen as one of six artists to headline!!! This one of a kind festival takes place in the Tampa Bay area March 26-31 and hosts 30 concerts during that time. Music fans and hosts from Canada, France, and all around the U.S. come to St. Petersburg FL to meet and experience an amazing week (or long weekend) of intimate and remarkable performances.The festival showcase is March 29th at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. Rissi's specific concert dates, times, and locations will be announced later this year. For more information about the artists and festival, please visit https://listeningroomfestival.com/