Thursday, March 11, 2021
– Black country singer Rissi Palmer, who has spoken out on racial issues in country, will return to the Grand Ole Opry on March 19, marking the first time she has stepped onto the Opry stage in 13 years.
Palmer made her Opry debut in 2007, followed by multiple appearances in 2008, before moving from Nashville to North Carolina.
"It's always special to perform at the Opry," said Palmer. "I am so excited to return with a renewed sense of what it all means to me as an artist."
Earlier in the day, Palmer and her family will tour the Country Music Hall of Fame's American Currents: State of the Music exhibit. Presented annually, the exhibit is based upon ongoing research analysis of curators and museum staff to document and interpret significant developments in country music over the previous year. Palmer is among several notable artists, songwriters and musicians being recognized in this year's exhibit.
"This honor came as such a shock, and I am humbled to be thought of," said Palmer. "The fact that it's for doing my radio show is just an added bonus."
In August 2020, Palmer launched Color Me Country with Rissi Palmer with the primary goal being to spotlight artists of color who have been marginalized in mainstream country. Currently in its second season, Palmer's special guests have included Andrea Williams, Brittney Spencer, Cam, Chapel Hart, Crystal Shawanda, Darius Rucker, Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton and Miko Marks. Color Me Country airs live every other Sunday on Apple Music Country at 7 p.m. eastern.
That same month, Palmer was the opener of the Country Standard Time presents Black Music Matters Festival, which celebrated Black country and Americana artists, while also raising money for the Equal Justice Initiative.