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Grammy Nominated Country Artist Rissi Palmer to be Featured in Documentary for PBS

Rissi Palmer: Still Here" airs on Season Two Broadcast Premiere of American Masters: In the Making

Friday, March 24, 2023 on PBS, 9pET (Check local listings)

Presented by American Masters and Firelight Media, the broadcast premiere episode will also feature the film "Unamplified" about Grammy-Winning Opera singer J'Nai Bridges.

(NASHVILLE, TN) -- American Masters and Firelight Media announced today the second season of the documentary short series In the Making. The new season focuses on nine artists across a variety of disciplines, whose work explores and influences American culture today. Tony Award–winning actress and singer Audra McDonald will host the broadcast premiere of American Masters: In the Making, which features two films focused on two barrier–breaking musicians: Grammy-winning opera singer, J'Nai Bridges and Grammy-nominated country artist and radio host, Rissi Palmer. The broadcast premieres Friday, March 24 at 9pE/8pC (check local listings) on PBS, and the PBS App.

"No one becomes an 'American Master' overnight, and of the idea behind In the Making is to take a behind-the-scenes look at the creative processes of artists who are on their way to becoming masters in their field," said Michael Kantor, Executive Producer for American Masters.

In Rissi Palmer: Still Here, directed by Dilsey Davis, the film focuses on Rissi as she works on her upcoming new album, all while managing family life and one of the busiest professional years she has had in a decade.

As one of only five African American women to ever hit the Billboard charts in the history of country music, Rissi continues to create a spotlight for herself and other black women of color. In 2007, Rissi became the first Black woman to chart a country song since Dona Mason since 1987. At the time, there wasn't as much representation in the genre that there is today and Rissi had to deal with numerous obstacles to pursue her career in country music. Since then, she has released three critically acclaimed albums independently, scored two Grammy nominations in the Best Children's Music Album category, and is the host of her own radio show, "Color Me Country with Rissi Palmer" on Apple Music Country, where she is working to change perceptions about people of color's involvement in country music - both past and present.

Rissi is a leading name in the music industry who has performed at The White House, The Grand Ole Opry, and New York's Apollo Theater and Lincoln Center. She is also a CMT Hot 20 countdown correspondent and a Recording Academy Nashville chapter representative.

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