Highlights from the January 27 The Relative Pitch Youth Open Mic!!! (video)

The open mic on January 27 was full of girl power!!! We had 6 dynamic and enthusiastic performers, mostly new faces. Here are some of the highlights:


Thank you to everyone who participated and I hope that we will see you all at our next open mic on March 10 at Imurj in Downtown Raleigh from 4-5pm. Sign up HERE!!!

The Relative Pitch Youth Open Mic: August 29 (recap)

The turn out for the this open mic was AMAZING!!!  There were 13 unbelievably talented performers who absolutely took our breath. We had singers, musicians, groups, and songwriters…EVERYTHING!!!  I am always blown away by the bravery of these young people, especially the little ones. Check out the clips below of some of the budding artists who blessed the stage…

Janelle True is a singer-songwriter from here in the Triangle and mark my words…you’ll be hearing this name again!  Here she is performing an original song:

Next is a indie/folk/rock trio called Fantasy Dispute singing an original song. This group performs regularly around town and I was ecstatic to have them on our stage:

This performance left the whole audience a little teary eyed. Evan’s cover of “True Colors” gave me all the feels I could stand…absolutely adorable and wonderful:

Finally, one of our youngest performers, Sereena, gave us a beautiful rendition of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from the Lion King.

A HUGE thank you to all the performers, their parents, and Sola Coffee Cafe’ for hosting us. I hope you will join us for “The Relative Pitch presents…” featuring young artists Frances Melenbacher, Yael Madero, McKenzie Morgan on Saturday, October 17 at 7:30pm and The Relative Pitch Open Mic on Saturday November, 7 at 5pm, both at Sola Coffee Cafe’.

See You Soon!!!


February 28 Relative Pitch Recap (video)

Best. Show. EVER!  The first show of 2015 was definitely one for the books and one that made me extremely proud. We had participants from the ages of 3 to 17, many first timers, several instrumentalists, and the ladies ruled the evening.

First up was 13 year old Abby singing a soulful cover of “Somebody to Love” by Queen, accompanying herself on guitar:

Next was McKenzie, a Relative Pitch regular, performing a jazzy take on Erykah Badu’s “On & On”:

The Lang Sisters (visit their site HERE), whose past gigs include Raleigh’s First Night celebration, blessed us with their harmonies and superb guitar picking skills on two selections:

Next, another first timer, Brynn, and her father Rob performed a sweet cover of “Riptide”:

Finally, adorable 7 year old Violet gave us an impressive acapella performance to close out the show:

It warms my heart to see so many kids (especially girls) playing instruments and working on their musicianship. I hope that you will join us for our next Relative Pitch Open Mic, scheduled for May 9.  Thank you again to Sola Coffee Cafe for being so accommodating, I think we’ve found a perfect fit there!!!  Until next time…

Rissi 🙂

Highlights from the December 2014 Relative Pitch

Hello All, I hope that this message finds you all well!!! Not only was our final Relative Pitch of 2014 full of holiday spirit, it was also our 1 year anniversary at Sola Coffee Cafe. There were many new performers (including the entire cast of “Seussical the Musical” from the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theater) and lots of singer/songwriter/instrumentalists. It warmed my heart to see so many young people come together under the love of music and performance. Here are some of the highlights: This young lady performed an original composition. Though nervous, she completed her song to lots of applause from a receptive audience…

Anjelica is a young singer songwriter who has blessed us with her original songs for the second time this year…
Josh, a Relative Pitch veteran, entertained us with his newly acquired guitar skills with this cover of “Lonely Ghosts”…
Finally, my daughter Grace performed what has become her “anthem”…”Royals”.   Here is a candid shot from that performance: IMG_3036 The Relative Pitch will be back at Sola Coffee Cafe’ on February 28, 2015 at 5pm. I hope to see you there!!! Sincerely, Rissi

Highlights from our February 8 show!!! (Pictures & Video)

February 8 was our first show of 2014 and the performers didn’t disappoint!!!  This show featured two singer songwriters showcasing original music in addition to a solo and duet performances of covers with a twist.  Thank you to all the parents for supporting these fabulous young musicians and to Sola Coffee Cafe for once again making everyone comfortable and full!!!


One of our founders, Rissi Palmer, proudly watching two of our performers.


Singer-songwriter and new Relative Pitch participant Anjelica sings an original composition


Seasoned performer Brooke Hatala sings an original song


McKenzie and Maggie put their spin on a Paramore song

Shots from our March 24 show!!!

Well friends, it was a great show!!!  It was a cold and rainy Sunday but so many extremely talented kids and their families came out and our stage was bright and sunny!  We were really excited to see and hear all of the young singer/songwriter/musicians playing original pieces.  Just a reminder that April 28 is the last The Relative Pitch before our summer hiatus.  If you’d like to participate, please visit the Performer Sign Up page and reserve your spot because this last show is going to fill up quickly!


The songwriting team of Una and Leidy dazzled the crowd with their performance of an original song, “Mr Sunshine”…


Co-founder Kim Arrington and singer McKenzie sharing a moment on stage before McKenzie’s performance.


McKenzie singing a pitch perfect rendition of a song from Paramore.


Daison, who has only been playing the Ukulele for only FOUR MONTHS and marked his first time onstage with us, entertained the audience with his version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”…


This young lady and her father (not pictured) gave us an unexpected, funny, and very sweet performance of the Guacamole song 🙂


Daison and his little brother Taurean performed an original song and they were awesome!!!


Seriously, how cute are they???


This little singer performed the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and got the crowd involved!


The Relative Pitch founders & hosts Rissi and Kim getting the crowd ready for the show!

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Shots from our February 24 show!!!

Hey all,

It’s hard to believe that we have already had five The Relative Pitch Shows!!! Thank you to all the performers and their families for coming out and making this possible and to The Broad Street Cafe and all of their amazing staff for accommodating us.  The February 24 show saw several new performers as well as a few familiar faces.  Remember, you too can perform in a Relative Pitch show!  There are only two left before our summer hiatus: March 24 and April 28.  Visit our Performer Sign Up page to sign up!


Relative Pitch newbie McKenzie sang two selections, Paramore’s “The Only Exception” and Sara Barailles’ “King of Anything”.


Veteran performer Josh entertained the audience with his rendition of “Every Storm” by Gary Allen.


Also a veteran performer, Kayman performed two original pieces.


McKenzie and a friend turned Katy Perry’s “Firework” into a fabulous duet!


A young performer singing a wonderful rendition of Adele’s “Someone Like You”.

Highlights from our Nov. 11 show!!!

It seems that our little show is picking up steam! We had a full show of performers and the talent bar has been set pretty high. By the end of the night our Dec. 9 show was already 90% full!!! Here are some of the highlights:

Sydney singing “Cowboy Take Me Away” by the Dixie Chicks

First timer Brooke singing AND playing “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

Caleb, another first timer, STUNNED the crowd with his rendition of “Always & Forever”

Rapper K Man, in a Relative Pitch first, performed his original song

Trinity rocked the house singing “Call Me Maybe”

Isaac gave us an adorable rendition of “Ten in a Bed”

Kelsey, who will be co hosting the Dec.9 show with Kim,  performed an original song


Check back for more after our Dec. 9 show…

Highlights from our first The Relative Pitch show!!! (Video)

Here are some of the wonderful performances from the October 28 edition of The Relative Pitch.  Check it out!!!

Hadassah singing “Like A Star” by Corinne Bailey Rae

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Kelsey performs her own arrangement of Katherine McPhee “Terrified”

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Josh gives a spirited performance of “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay

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Our founders and hostesses performing The Jonas Brothers “Love Bug”, with our house band, the Luv Bugs

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Sydney sings “More Like Her” by Miranda Lambert

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Brothers Isaac and Nigel get the crowd going with their version of “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley


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