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Southern Cultures collects artists' ideas of Comfort 


In the early days of quarantine, I was invited by Skylar Gudasz and Southern Cultures to record a song that brings me comfort. Comfort is a commodity these days...Anyway, I performed a song that has meant a lot to me and wanted to share it with you all. Click HERE to see mine and several other fantastic artists performing songs of comfort..

Duke Performances presents Music in Your Garden 

 

We’re proud to present Rissi Palmer as a part of Music in Your Gardens, a free eight-week online concert series showcasing nationally renowned artists who call Durham and the surrounding area home. The series shifts Duke Performances’ longtime summer series, Music in the Gardens, normally held outdoors at Sarah P. Duke Gardens on Duke’s campus, to an online format in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On Wednesday, August 19 at 7 PM ET, we’ll premiere a new, specially recorded performance by Rissi online, free of charge, on our website and on our YouTube page. The film, pre-recorded in a socially-distanced manner, will be accompanied by a live YouTube chat with Rissi, who will answer questions from viewers. 

Duke Performances presents Music in Your Gardens in collaboration with Duke Arts, WXDU, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke Continuing Studies, and Duke Summer Session. Hospitality partners include The Palace International and Locopops.

 

Pierce Freelon releases the family album D.a.D , including collaboration with Rissi Palmer! 

I am honored that Pierce Freelon asked me to be a part of this beautiful family album. Children’s music has been a love of mine since I became a mommy; the messages that our children get are SO important. Pierce and I collaborated on the song “My Body (Body Autonomy)” (along w/ my daughter Grace and Nico Ocaña Sonic Pie Productions), a song teaching kids about consent. Added bonus: you get to hear me rap for the first time ever 🤣 Everything I’ve heard on this album is wonderful and I hope that you’ll support when it’s released on July 31. The first single, "Daddy Daughter Day", arrives on Sunday, June 21...Father's Day!!! Click HERE to presave the single and album. 

Rissi Palmer sings "Islands in the Stream" for a Caleb Martin Presents Take Over Worldwide Song Collaboration 

 

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)

Bass: Morris Pleasure (Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire)

Drums: Eric Kalver (Upright Citizens Brigade)

Watch Country Soul Songbook Vol. 2 on Live Stream on Sunday, March 15!!! 

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). 

Featuring the talents of Kamara Thomas, Kym Register of LoamlandsPhil Cook, Libby Rodenbough of Mipso, and myself, and our slamtastic band... WE PLAN TO ABSOLUTELY BRING IT!! The concert (as well as other fun stuff) will take place LIVE from 2 - 6PM eastern time on Sunday, March 15th. Go to countrysoulsongbook.com for more details...

The new play, Orange Light, features the music of Rissi Palmer 

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. 
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Featuring: Aurelia Belfield, Lakeisha Coffey, Elisabeth Lewis Corley, Marcia Edmundson, Carly P. Jones, Kri Schafer, Abbey Toot

Tickets can be purchased HERE

Howard, Carly, Lakeisha, and I appeared on The State of Things on NPR to discuss the show, check out our interview HERE.

Rissi sings from the Country Soul Songbook 

 

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