Rissi Palmer performs at the Chicago Country Music Festival 2011
photo by Adam Bielawski

Today's catch of the day is an incredible blend of soul, blues and country that comes from an artist that perfectly embodies that combination.

Rissi Palmer was born in Sewickley, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh, and an area that also produced Christina Aquilera and Dusty Drake. At the age of 12, her family moved to Eureka, MO, a suburn of St. Louis. Influenced by her father's love for artists like Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton, Rissi knew from a young age that her future would be singing, and began singing on the state fair circuit at the age of 16.

Rissi turned down a recording deal at age 19, because producers "Jimmy Jam" and Terry Lewis wanted to change her country style to more traditional R&B. She first came to country music's attention with her 2007 self titled debut album, which produced the top 40 country hits "Country Girl" and "Hold Onto Me" as well as a third top-40 hit, a cover of Jordin Sparks' "No Air".



In the eight years since her debut, Palmer moved from Nashville to North Carolina, married the love of her life, gave birth to her daughter, Grace, and recorded a children’s record, Best Day Ever in 2013.

But Rissi is back with her unique blend of her childhood influences that she calls "southern soul", ready to reclaim her spot in the music spotlight. With her brand new EP of original music, The Back Porch Sessions, released today, Rissi is making music from an all new prospective.

We have the first single from that EP in our spotlight today. Rissi Palmer and "Sweet, Sweet Lovin'" is our Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again.

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