Rissi Palmer life and biography

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Rissi Palmer biography

Date of birth : 1981-08-19
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2022-08-19
Credited as : Country music singer, Country Girl,

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Rissi Palmer, born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania is an American country music artist. Palmer debuted in 2007 with the single Country Girl, which made her the first African-American woman to chart a country song since Dona Mason in 1987.


Rissi Palmer's family moved to St. Louis when she was 12 and she grew up performing country songs by Faith Hill and Shania Twain as a part of Hal Jackson's Talented Teens, formerly the Miss Black Teen America pageant. Those experiences led her to join Team 11, an entertainment troupe that played for audiences including President Bill Clinton. She also sang jingles for Barbie commercials. Later, she was a finalist in Star Search, finding support from judge Naomi Judd. In 2007, she released her debut album on the independent label 1720 Music.


In 2006, Starbucks Entertainment distributed a four-song EP that put Palmer among the top 5 best-selling country artists on iTunes. Palmer was also featured in a 2005 Country Music Television documentary about African-Americans and country music.

Palmer's debut album, Rissi Palmer, was released on October 23, 2007, by 1720 Entertainment. Palmer co-wrote nine of the 12 tracks. She is also the featured artist on Yahoo! Music's The New Now, which highlights talented newcomers, from October 17 through November 21, 2007.

In 2008, Palmer released her third single, "No Air", a cover by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown. The song debuted at #58 and eventually reached #47, becoming her first Top 50 single on the Hot Country Songs chart. The single planned to be included on a reissue of her debut self-titled album, however, the album was never reissued.

Also after No Air fell from the charts, she released a Christmas single, "Grown Up Christmas List", however, the song failed to enter the country charts.


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