Rissi Palmer is Planting Seeds

On April 13th, Kamara Thomas of Country Soul Songbook hosted the Country Soul Songbook Spring Almanac 2021.

 

The live stream conversation included industry trailblazers Kym Register, Rissi Palmer, Lilli Lewis, Karen Pittelman, Jada Watson, Kelly McCartney and Marcus K. Dowling. The two-hour conversation was a journey through the efforts all involved are putting forth to create meaningful change in country music. As Marcus K. Dowling stated “from the top to the bottom”. 

 

Of particular interest was a sneak preview of a program Rissi Palmer plans to announce, titled “Seeds”.

 

“It’s about taking the information straight to the artist. Rather than everyone wondering all these mystical, mythical things about the music business, it’s like, ok, this is how you get a cut. This is how you reach out to a publisher. This is how you demo a song… If you don’t have an attorney, these are the things to look for in a contract.”

Rissi describes the structure of the program as a monthly Zoom meeting broadcast where she will bring in industry professionals to help distribute information that is normally learned through experience, directly to artists.

In an industry where Black and other marginalized artists are most often left out, this type of education is particularly important. Efforts like this that empower artists to circumvent some of the more traditional paths to success by using their knowledge to gain traction on their own, wield the power to completely shake up the industry.

 

No word yet on when the program will officially launch. In the meantime, you can support Palmer’s mission by donating to her Color Me Country™ Artist Grant Fund. Funds go directly into the pockets of artists of color, providing them the opportunity to do what they love: make music.

When they bury our dreams, we push them up through concrete. We're growin' where they can't see. These roots run deep, because we are seeds.

Quarter 1 Wrap Up (2021)

Rissi Palmer at the Grand Ole Opry

On March 19, 2021, Rissi Palmer returned to the stage at the Grand Ole Opry for a performance she described as a “healing experience.”

 

In August of 2020 Palmer launched the Apple Radio show “Color Me Country” where she focuses on hearing the stories of artists of color and diving into industry issues. In conjunction with the show, she’s launched an artist grant fund focused on artists of color.

 

After so much effort toward supporting other artists, it was nothing short of a delight to see Palmer receive the flowers she so generously gives to every one around her. Rissi shared her thoughts on the performance with CBS This Morning, check it out below.

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Dear Readers - Love, Holly

Thank you to everyone who has supported our launch and shown us love. We are endlessly grateful to be able to provide a platform for artists that look like us,  making the music we love.

Our hope is that this community we are building becomes a force to reckon within the country music industry. We’ve shared many of our goals with you all and often been told “that’s going to be a lot of work!” We know the road ahead won’t be easy or short but we are ready and willing to do the work.

We call this website home because after a long hard day you want to go home and be loved on. For Black and other marginalized artists and fans, the country music industry has been one long bad day, and we want you to know that here’s where you can come when you need a little love to balance it out.

Black people have been loving country music, but it hasn’t been loving us back. Now there is a place, here at Black Opry, where it does. Thank you for showing up and sharing in our dreams. Here’s to dreaming big and creating change.

Love,

Holly

Rissi Palmer

Pennsylvania born Rissi Palmer took her first step towards making history with her 2007 release of her self-titled debut album.

 

The lead single “Country Girl” earned Palmer the distinction of being the first Black woman to chart on Billboard’s Hot Country Song charts since 1987. With a warm, rich voice that lends itself perfectly to country music, Palmer has well earned her place in the industry over the years with a body of work that has proven her versatility and talent.

 

In 2013 Palmer released a children’s album, “Best Day Ever”, followed in 2015 by a 5 song EP “The Back Porch Sessions.”

 

In 2019 “Revival”, a full-length album where  Palmer bears her soul by digging into tough subjects like police brutality and immigration was released.

 

In August of 2020 Palmer once again made history when she debuted “Color Me Country Radio” on Apple Music Country. Color Me Country brings the diversity of country music to the spotlight by highlighting Black, Indigenous, and Latinx stories and having the tough, necessary conversations about the obstacles those artists face.