I have had the distinct pleasure of working with the amazing talent at Walltown Children's Theatre for three years now. Each Christmas, they put on "The Durham Nutcracker" (Tchaikovsky with a Durham twist) and I'm super excited because this year, Cynthia let me write a NEW song and scene for the play!!! I hope that you will check out these beautiful and talented children as they act, dance, and sing their hearts out. Tickets are on sale now and there are discounts for group tickets, you can purchase them HERE.
Over the last year, I've been racking my brain, trying to figure out what I could do to add to the discourse that is happening in this country right now and do it in a positive way. A dear friend suggested I combine my love of children and current events and she sparked something in me. I thought, If we as adults can't wrap our minds around what's happening, imagine how confusing it must be for children? The result is this blog, WeAreSeeds.net, focused on "raising happy, healthy, socially conscious, intellectual, and spiritually strong children in the 'Post-Truth' Resistance Era". The name was inspired by my upcoming album, Seeds, and a proverb that states: “They tried to cut us down, they didn’t know we were seeds.” I will feature articles, videos, quotes, and cartoons aimed at how to equip our children for the very adult social issues they face these days. I hope that you'll visit, find things that are helpful, and even contribute to the content on the page. May many conversations be started and hearts and minds changed because of content of this blog...
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 email@example.com (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.
I'd like to invite you to be a part of an event benefitting Hurricane Matthew survivors in North Carolina this Friday in collaboration with Durham Share to take action for those who cannot. Please join me this Friday night at 6pm at The Rickhouse for an event featuring myself and several local artists, a silent auction and food trucks. We're encouraging all attendees to bring relief items (listed below) to fill up the DeHaven's truck and monetary donations can be made at the donation
We all get by "with a little help from our friends" and I'm so thankful to be from such a generous community. Please consider coming out on Friday for a great cause!
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...
I have had to keep this to myself for the last few months and it was KILLING me!!! I am excited and proud to say that I will be playing Best Day Ever at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in New York City on October 1 at 11am and 2pm!!! Bring your kids and we will have a ball together!!! More details can be found at http://family.lincolncenter.org/events/artists-at-the-atrium-rissi-palmer.
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.
Today marks the release of Heart Beats, a family music compilation of sweet love anthems for your favorite little ones...including my song "Dear to Me" from my album Best Day Ever. Thank you to Mighty Mo Productions and Hallmark for this awesome opportunity... AGAIN!!! I'm honored to be in the company of so much great music. Get your copy today in time for Valentine's day for your little sweeties. You can purchase a physical copy HERE or download the digital album HERE.
Thank you so much to both SoulTracks.com and FullVanFun for choosing my Christmas ep 3 for your Christmas countdowns!!! I am in some fabulous company. Check out the articles HERE and HERE and get you copy of 3 HERE!!!
TRIANGLE FRIENDS!!! We are now 4 days away from my last show of 2015/Christmas show. Join me on Friday, December 18 at 7pm at The Shed in Durham for a night of Christmas music. I'll be joined on stage by the wonderful Kim Arrington. Don't miss it!!! Get your tickets and more info HERE...
Now that all the Black Fridays, Cyber Mondays, and Small Business Saturdays are over, I wanted to extend a little something to you to expand your Rissi Palmer music library this holiday season. From today until Monday, December 14, any TWO items you buy from my store, whether its cds or t-shirts, you get 15% off your order!!! Go to the STORE, choose your TWO items, and Team Rissi will take care of the 15%. All orders will ship after Dec. 6.
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)!!!