Rissi Palmer | Best Day Ever

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Best Day Ever

by Rissi Palmer

Best Day Ever features 10 songs---all happy, all light, all “comfort food” for the soul and is what Rissi calls “a sophisticated children’s album” while also being melodic nostalgia for adults. The entire project is filled with songs from the perspective of a child--the simple-yet-profound things that makes life the “best day ever” for children in so many ways.
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1. Best Day Ever
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2. Dear to Me
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3. Take You With Me
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4. Some Hearts
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5. You Could Be Dancin'
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6. Pretend
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7. Be Me
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8. Good Night
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9. Not Afraid of the Dark
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10. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Five years ago, Rissi Palmer was living her dream. The singer-songwriter’s first two country albums were major label releases and she was opening for the likes of Taylor Swift, Sawyer Brown and Sarah Evans.

She performed at the Grand Ole Opry, won notice from Oprah and was written about in major publications from People, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and Billboard to Country Weekly, Rolling Stone, Parade and Ebony.

Today, those articles are stored away in a cabinet in her dining room and Palmer is living a very different life. She parted ways with her recording label over creative differences and, about three years ago, moved to Raleigh after marrying husband Bryan. She now is the mom of 18-month-old Grace and teaches mommy and me music classes and voice lessons at The Grace Note in north Raleigh.

“Instead of chasing hits, I’m chasing a baby,” she said, laughing. But the past few years, Palmer hasn’t stood still creatively. She kept writing songs, not knowing exactly what would ever happen to them.

Now, she is preparing to release her first children’s album called “Best Day Ever.” It’s a sweet, sentimental acoustic pop album full of fun, tender songs created with the help of long-time friends from Nashville. Palmer calls it a love letter to her little girl.

The break with the recording company was a big blow for Palmer, whose sights had always been set on a career in the entertainment industry.

“I was very career oriented, very much focused,” Palmer tells me. “This is a huge deviation from the plan.”

But as most moms know, when Grace came into the world, Palmer’s own plans made a dramatic shift.

“I knew that I wanted to do something that would keep me close to her and she could be involved with,” Palmer said. “I started listening to a lot of children’s music through mommy and me courses. I just realized that I could do this. I could do something that moms could enjoy and children could enjoy at the same time, that wasn’t talking down to them. That was just as intelligent as grown-up music can be.”

She contacted old friends Deanna Walker, Rick Beresford, and Blue Miller, who just happen to be long-time songwriters in Nashville who have worked with everybody from George Jones and the Everly Brothers to India.Arie and John Legend, about working on a children’s album.

“They were so excited,” she said.

Many of the songs were written in a weekend collaboration in Nashville with baby Grace, then eight months old, underfoot.

“She crawled on the floor,” she said, “we wrote the album.”

I’ve listened to a lot of kids music. “Best Day Ever” succeeds because it really, truly is written with kids and their parents in mind. Palmer’s gorgeous voice weaves stories from the kids’ and parents’ perspectives. And it’s all set to some great music, mostly pop with a little country twang or R&B thrown in.

“Best Day Ever” starts off with the upbeat title track written from the point of view of an exuberant little kid who is just thrilled about everything from breakfast to playing at the park to bath time. Then it launches into a tender song called “Dear To Me,” a song a parent might sing to her child.

“Of all the things that you might be, most of all you’re dear to me,” Palmer sings in the song (that seriously gets me a little weepy each time I hear it).

And it just continues from “Take You With Me,” a song to reassure a child’s fears about preschool drop-off, to “Be Me,” which encourages kids and parents to just be themselves.

“Whether you’re dreaming on a cloud or dreaming from your backyard, you make the world so much better …,” Palmer sings. “All you have to be is you. All I have to be is me.”

One of Palmer’s favorites is “Not Afraid of the Dark.” For the kids, the song might just be about not being afraid of monsters and shadows at bedtime. For adults, there’s another meaning.

“There’s nothing you should fear,” she said. If you believe and think positively, she says, things can really work out.

It’s definitely a lesson Palmer has learned in the ups and downs of the recording industry.

-excerpt taken from the article "Made by Mom Gift Guide: Singer-songwriter Rissi Palmer delivers sweet album for families", written by Sarah Lindenfeld Hall for GoAskMom.com


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Karen Russell

We LOVE this album
My daughter received this CD for her 2nd birthday and she loves it! After only two days of listening to it my daughter was singing along! I have even recommended it to my friends!!

Jae

Great listen... for big people too
While everyone else mentions how much their children love this album, I'm not ashamed to say this adult woman loves this album LOL. I frequently catch myself bursting into song... especially lines from fave tracks "Best Day Ever", "Take You With Me", "Love You That Way" & "You Could Be Dancing." I am an avid music lover, preferably R&B & Country, but can't really label these tunes - which I guess can be a good thing right?

I appreciate lyrics in music and listen to every word; these are so well written and heartfelt. The pediatric health provider in me must offer that the music is healthy for kids, unlike some of the pop cover compilations marketed to children that often contain inappropriate lyrics for the pediatric ear ;-).

If you are (or are soon to be) a mom, a dad, a grandparent, an aunt, an uncle, a Godparent, or just have a special little someone in your life, you should own this album! I got a few extra copies as gifts for family/friends... Hope you enjoy! I guarantee the music and lyrics will make your heart and soul happy!

Elizw

Finally! A kids' CD worth listening to!
Love Love Love this CD! So thoughtful and fun! "Good Night" and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" are my favorites. I listen to this even when the kids aren't around. :)