When Holler asked me to interview Rissi Palmer about the beautifully non-stop career ascension she is currently enjoying, I told them it wouldn’t be a typical interview between a journalist and an artist. It would lack objectivity because, at this point, our fates are pretty tightly bound, Rissi’s and mine.
Rissi Palmer is planting seeds that are growing into a movement. She accomplishes this by gifting grants to artists of color in country music through her Color Me Country Artist Grant Fund that not only provides a monetary donation, but serves as a symbol of support for the artists she believes in. Formed in partnership with Kelly McCartney’s Rainey Day Fund, the Color Me Country Fund is an extension of Palmer’s popular Color Me Country radio show on Apple Music that also works to spotlight the voices and stories of Black, Indigenous and Latinx artists that have shaped the history of the genre.
On March 28, Brandi Carlile will perform a livestream concert from the Ryman and donate $1 each for every ticket sold to Fanny’s School of Music and the Rainey Day Fund. CMT Equal Play will match those donations, up to $15,000, for Rissi Palmer’s Rainey Day offshoot, the Color Me Country Artist Fund.
In addition to male stars like Jimmie Allen, Darius Rucker, and Kane Brown, there’s also been an impressive wave of Black women country and roots vocalists coming to the fore, like … Rissi Palmer. Palmer’s Apple Music Radio show Color Me Country is turning heads worldwide, and she recently joined up with Kelly McCartney to establish the Color Me Country Fund.
“Look for the helpers,” goes the quote from Mr. Rogers about his mother’s advice in the face of scary times. “You will always find people who are helping.” And even in this time of social distance and political division, it’s true. One example is singer-songwriter Rissi Palmer and music journalist Kelly McCartney.
Apple Music Country’s Rissi Palmer, host of the “Color Me Country” show, has launched a grant fund to support BIPOC artists in country music. The fund, which takes its name from Palmer’s “Color Me Country” show, was created in partnership with fellow Apple Music Country host Kelly McCartney’s The Rainey Day Fund.