Rissi Palmer


Rissi Palmer experienced a lifetime of milestones when she released her self-titled debut album in 2007. Rissi received widespread attention, including Ebony, Parade, Vibe, and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few. She made national television and radio appearances such as the CBS Early Show, PBS’ Tavis Smiley Show, and Sirius XM’s Dr. Maya Angelou’s Show on “Oprah & Friends.” She was invited to perform at the White House and the Grand Ole Opry upon numerous occasions. And as if all that wasn’t enough, Rissi also made music history as the first African-American female to chart a country song since 1987 with the release of her debut single, “Country Girl.”

Rissi has since released two project independently, a children’s LP Best Day Ever in 2013 and 2015’s The Back Porch Sessions. Best Day Ever earned her an invite to play Lincoln Center in New York City and two of its tracks were featured on Smiles Ahead and Heart Beats, compilations made by Hallmark. The Back Porch Sessions, an EP described as “Southern Soul”, has received attention from publications such as Rolling Stone, PerezHilton.com, People Magazine, and NPR’s The State of Things.  She is now in the process of writing and recording a new project for release in 2019.

When not touring or recording, she teaches voice to a select group of young singers privately as well as songwriting at Walltown Children’s Theater in Durham, NC. For more information, please visit  www.rissipalmermusic.com


What is Relative Pitch?

Relative Pitch: noun: 1)The pitch of a tone as determined by its relationship to other tones in a scale. 2) An opportunity for talented youth in the Triangle to come together, perform, build relationships and community and celebrate the gift of music!

The Relative Pitch, the brainchild of Rissi Palmer and Kim Arrington, is a performance workshop disguised as an Open Mic for youth ages 18 and under in the Triangle area.  This quarterly, one hour show is designed to give up and coming musicians and singers a place where they can hone their skills in front of a welcoming audience of their peers and families and fill a void for places for young people to perform that aren’t intimidating or adult oriented.  Performers have the option to bring their own accompanist (full bands are welcomed and encouraged), accompany themselves, or perform to a backing track that they provide.