album_SMWith her debut single “Country Girl” in 2007, Rissi Palmer became one of country music’s most promising new stars. In the 8 years since, Rissi’s married the love of her life, gave birth to her daughter Grace, and recorded several albums, including a wonderful family album, Best Day Ever.  Rissi was also featured on the recent Smiles Ahead album from Mighty Mo Productions. In November 2015, Rissi released “3”, a Christmas EP that fills the holiday season with her strong soulful Southern spirit.

For this special Christmas #8isEnoughQuestions interview, each of the following questions was written by one of our Full Van Fun family members and answered directly by Rissi Palmer. Enjoy!

1) What is your favorite Christmas song?

I love a song called “Someday at Christmas” by Stevie Wonder.

2) What is the first song that you ever wrote and what inspired it?

The first song I ever wrote was when I was 5 and it was a song about Cinderella. I went through a fairy tale obsessed phase as a child. LOL

3) How do you like to decorate for Christmas? Are there special decorations you use every year? Do you have a theme?

First of all, I am horribly allergic to real Christmas trees so we have a nice artificial tree. Everyone in my house loves the color purple so I guess all things purple is our theme. We decorate our house in pearl, purple, and lavender bulbs with white lights. My husband’s grandmother knitted personalized stockings for each of us so I really look forward to hanging those every year.

4) What was your Best Day Ever?

It’s a tie between the day I got married and the day my daughter was born.

5) Do you think it is important to listen to music as a family? What music does your family like to listen to together?

I definitely think listening to music as a family is important. It’s another way to bond with each other. When we’re in the car together, I try not to listen to the radio and instead we listen to our favorite kindie cds like Putumayo kids Folk Playground, Do Fun Stuff, Best Day Ever, and Smiles Ahead (of course!). The songs are fun and its music that doesn’t make us (the adults) crazy.

Rissi Palmer and daughter

Rissi Palmer (Photo credit: Rissi Palmer)

6) Is your new song, “Christmas Through Your Eyes”, inspired more by your childhood or your daughter Grace?

A little bit of both. Having a small child, it’s hard not to get caught up in the holidays like you did when you were a kid. Their enthusiasm is contagious.

7) Have you ever thought about making a song or album about a different holiday maybe Thanksgiving? Halloween? Easter?

That’s an interesting thought but I’ll be honest, Christmas is kind of my favorite out of all of those so it was easy to find inspiration…

8) More presents?

I asked my four year old and she said, “yes”.

Thank you Rissi Palmer for a festive #8isEnoughQuestions interview and don’t forget to pickup a copy of “3”.  Rissi Palmer is an incredibly gifted artist and you won’t be disappointed. Be sure to check out our previous interviews with Danny WeinkaufTurkey AndersenLucky Diaz and Alisha GaddisBryan Vander Ark of The Verve Pipe, Play Date,Recess MonkeyAndrew and Polly, Tim Kubart and stay tuned for our next special Christmas #8isEnoughQuestions interview with the original Yellow Wiggle, Greg Page!