Rissi Palmer Resource | Learn About, Share and Discuss Rissi Palmer At Popflock.com

Rissi Palmer
Get Rissi Palmer essential facts below. View Videos or join the Rissi Palmer discussion. Add Rissi Palmer to your PopFlock.com topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
Rissi Palmer
Rissi Palmer
Rissi-Palmer 2008-10-11 AdamBielawski.jpg
Rissi Palmer performs at the Chicago Music Country Festival 2008 at Soldier Field
Background information
Born (1981-08-19) August 19, 1981 (age 36)[1]
Origin Sewickley, Pennsylvania, US
Genres Country, R&B, Southern soul
Singer, Songwriter
Labels 1720/Universal Music Group, Baldilocks
Terry Lewis
Patsy Cline
Website www.rissipalmermusic.com

Rissi Palmer (born August 19, 1981) is an American country music artist. Palmer debuted in 2007 with the single "Country Girl", which made her the first African-American woman to chart a country song since Dona Mason in 1987.[2] "Country Girl" peaked at No. 54 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and served as the lead-off single to her self-titled debut album, which also produced the No. 59 hit "Hold on to Me". Also in 2008, Palmer covered "No Air", an R&B hit originally performed by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown.


Palmer was born in Sewickley,[3] a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and lived there until moving with her family to Eureka, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, at the age of 12.[4] Her parents were natives of Georgia. Palmer has said her mother, who died when Palmer was seven, "was a huge Patsy Cline fan", while her father loved musicians such as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Chaka Khan, and Santana.[5] Palmer said she knew from a young age that she wanted to sing. As a child, she sang on a Mickey Mouse Club-like local television sponsored group called Team 11. At age 16, she performed country music at the Arkansas State Fair.[5]

When she was 19, R&B producers James "Jimmy Jam" Harris III and Terry Lewis offered her a deal on their Flyte Tyme Records. Palmer rejected the deal because she said they wanted to turn her "twangy" country style into a "pop/soul hybrid." As she said, "I love R&B and urban music, but it wasn't what I wanted to do. I knew I wouldn't be happy doing that."[6] After that, Palmer sang jingles for Barbie commercials, performed on the Dance Fever television show, and competed on Star Search, all while trying in vain for seven years to land a Nashville recording contract.[5]

Palmer was at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver on August 26, 2008 and supported Barack Obama. She was also an invited performer at the White House for the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in December 2008.[7]

After a year and a half long legal dispute, Palmer parted ways with 1720 Entertainment in 2009. She married in 2010 and gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Grace, in June 2011. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and daughter.[8]

Music career

Debut album: Rissi Palmer (2007-2008)

In 2006, Starbucks Entertainment distributed a four-song EP that put Palmer among the top 5 best-selling country artists on iTunes.[2] Palmer was also featured in a 2005 Country Music Television documentary about African-Americans and country music.[6]

Palmer's debut album, Rissi Palmer, was released on October 23, 2007, by 1720 Entertainment. Palmer co-wrote nine of the 12 tracks.[2] She was the featured artist on Yahoo! Music's "The New Now," which highlights talented newcomers, from October 17 through November 21, 2007.[9] The album produced two chart singles for Palmer in "Country Girl" and "Hold On to Me," which peaked at number 54 and number 59 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, respectively.

In 2008, Palmer released a new single, a cover of Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown's "No Air." The song debuted at number 58 and eventually reached number 47, becoming her first Top 50 single on the Hot Country Songs chart. It was included on a reissue of her debut self-titled album later that year.[10]

Palmer also released a Christmas single in late 2008, "Grown Up Christmas List," before Palmer ultimately parted ways with her record label.

Best Day Ever (2012-2013)

On March 6, 2012, Rissi announced via her blog, "Six Strings to Sippy Cups", that she was back in the studio recording what she calls a "Sophisticated" children's album, named Best Day Ever, to be released in November 2012 through Baldilocks LLC, a company she and her husband, Bryan, formed.[8]Best Day Ever was eventually released on January 15, 2013.[8]

This album was co written and co produced by Deanna Walker, Rick Beresford, and Blue Miller.[8] She describes this album as "a bridge between songs that are suitable and interesting to kids and are entertaining to adults".[8]

The album has been released to positive reviews. Sarah Lindenfeld Hall of WRAL's GoAskMom.com, reviewed the album and said: "I've listened to a lot of kids music. Best Day Ever succeeds because it really, truly is written with kids and their parents in mind. Palmer's gorgeous voice weaves stories from the kids' and parents' perspectives. And it's all set to some great music, mostly pop with a little country twang or R&B thrown in".[11] Christine St. Vil of Momsncharge.com says of the album: "Now don't let the idea of a "children's album" deter you from checking it out. This is one children's album I will listen to with or without my munchkins...and I won't get looked at with the side-eye for singing the songs outloud when I'm by myself (Dora anyone?). From songs like "Be Me", to "You Could Be Dancing", to "Not Afraid of the Dark", these messages are for the adults as much as they are for the kids.".[12]

The Back Porch Sessions EP (2015)

On March 18, 2014, Rissi launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of her follow-up to her self-titled debut, a five-song EP entitled The Back Porch Sessions.[13] The project was produced by Grammy Award-winning producers Shannon Sanders and Drew Ramsey, who also produced on her first album. Rissi has described the sound of this EP as "Southern Soul", a mix of country, soul, R&B, with a little gospel. The title of the project is a nod to her great-grandmother's porch in Summerville, Georgia, where Palmer says she began singing as a child.[14]The Back Porch Sessions was released through Rissi's label, Baldilocks LLC on May 26, 2015.

The project has received positive reviews from critics. Music journalist Jewly Hight wrote: "Palmer has been describing her Back Porch Sessions EP, released in late May, as Southern soul, but there's more in the mix than a single descriptor can contain: jazz-relaxed neo-soul sensuality, streamlined country-pop song structure, down-home nostalgia, rootsy instrumental textures, honeyed melisma and a more expansive vocal palette than she's displayed in the past".[15] The EP has been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone, People Magazine, and on Perez Hilton's popular website.


Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Country


Rissi Palmer
  • Release date: October 23, 2007
  • Label: 1720 Entertainment
  • Format: CD, music download
56 16 41
Best Day Ever
  • Release date: January 15, 2013
  • Label: Baldilocks LLC
  • Format: CD, music download
-- -- --
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays

Title Details
Country Girl
  • Release date: December 2, 2008
  • Label: 1720 Entertainment
  • Format: CD, music download
The Back Porch Sessions[19]
  • Release date: May 26, 2015
  • Label: Baldilocks LLC
  • Format: CD, music download


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country[20]
2007 "Country Girl" 54 Rissi Palmer
2008 "Hold On to Me" 59
"No Air" 47

Music videos

Year Video Director
2007 "Country Girl" Kristin Barlowe
2008 "No Air"


  1. ^ "Celebrity Birthdays: August 19, 2009". Marx Madness. Retrieved . [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "As black woman, Rissi Palmer is country rarity" Associated Press. October 19, 2007.
  3. ^ Rissi Palmer adds some more color to country music
  4. ^ Rissi Palmer, Jon Anthony (2007-10-25). Highway 16 Driver's Ed (broadcast) (radio). Nashville, TN: XM Radio. Event occurs at 9:00 EDT. 
  5. ^ a b c "A country singer who bucks custom" by Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 21, 2007. Archived October 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b "To Be Young, Gifted and Country: Rissi Palmer Finds Her Place On the Country Music Charts" by Ethan Smith, The Wall Street Journal, September 28, 2007, Page W3.
  7. ^ "http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/49863/rissi-palmer-to-perform-for-pres-bush-at-national"
  8. ^ a b c d e "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-10. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "Rissi Palmer Is The New Now" by Stephen L. Betts, 10 October 2007, accessed Oct. 22, 2007. Archived February 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Rissi Palmer comes up with "No Air"". Country Standard Time. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "http://www.wral.com/made-by-mom-gift-guide-singer-songwriter-rissi-palmer-delivers-sweet-album-for-families/11866595/"
  12. ^ "http://www.momsncharge.com/real-moms-real-talk-rissi-palmer-country-music-artist-discusses-new-album-motherhood#sthash.J2AsF3rg.dpuf"
  13. ^ "https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rissipalmer/executive-produce-my-new-album-the-back-porch-sess/description"
  14. ^ "https://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/rissi-palmer-on-soulful-comeback-its-scary-and-empowering-20150625?page=3"
  15. ^ "http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/sunday-night-soul-feat-rissi-palmer-and-jason-eskridge/Event?oid=5177099"
  16. ^ "Rissi Palmer Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2011. 
  17. ^ "Rissi Palmer Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2011. 
  18. ^ "Rissi Palmer Album & Song Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2011. 
  19. ^ Stephenson, Troy (May 12, 2015). "Artist Updates: Brad Paisley, Mickey Guyton, Rissi Palmer". MusicRow. Retrieved 2015. 
  20. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 314. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 

External links

  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.



Music Scenes