Rissi Palmer has packed a lifetime of milestones into the past year while establishing herself as one of country music's most promising young stars. Her impressive rise has earned her a rapidly growing fan base and drawn the attention of media across the board.
Her first single was chosen as part of Starbuck's "Song of the Day" campaign, she has been featured in the newly launched "Wal-Mart Mobile," and she has achieved Top Ten and Top Five rankings on MySpace and iTunes, respectively.
Rissi's self-titled debut clearly establishes her as an impressive talent, showcasing the poise and maturity she has gained through a wealth of performing experience. RISSI PALMER is a testament to both Rissi's amazing vocal abilities and to her lifelong passion for country music. The album, on Atlanta-based, 1720 Entertainment, features Rissi's work with producers Keith Thomas (Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood), Dan Shea (Martina McBride, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez), Shannon Sanders (Randy Travis, Lyle Lovett, India Arie), Drew Ramsey (India Arie, Kimberly Locke), and Cory Rooney (Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez). It reflects the variety of strengths that make her such a compelling artist. She is equally at home with the sweet intimacy of "All This Woman Needs" and the ache of "Flowers On My Window Ledge." She can relay the heartbreaking longing of "Anybody Out There" and the sass of "Sweet Contradictions." She proves that her love of classic country is deeply rooted with a knockout performance--steeped in the echoes of Patsy Cline and Brenda Lee--of the timeless "Leavin' On Your Mind." However, it is in the blues-tinged "Country Girl" where she unfolds her banner, luxuriating in her country roots with a song as infectious as it is joyful-in fact, the song earned a spot in Club Connection's Top Ten Country Club and Dance Hits of 2007. Add to her vocal skills the fact that she wrote or co-wrote nearly all of the album's songs, and her debut is that much more impressive.
Rissi is impressing fans and critics alike as she tours the country, taking her new material to live audiences. "The best part of it all for me is to be able to touch people," she says. "Performing is almost like being in a friendship--I like to be interactive, to talk to the audience about the songs and what's behind them. I think Country music is relatable to everyone. It's not exclusive to any one age group or one type of people. The songs tell stories and they have such integrity--it's the music of life."
For Rissi, life has been about a dream she has had since childhood. She was just 12 when she wrote her Grammy acceptance speech, sealed it in an envelope and vowed not to open it until she could read it from the stage. That envelope is still in her Bible and, given the career strides she's making, it's clear she would be wise to keep it handy.
Of course, there's one other activity that Glen attends to with the concentration of a pro athlete. Whether he's at home in Phoenix, performing on the road, or guesting at Andy Williams' theatre in Branson, Glen is constantly perfecting his golf game!