Rissi Palmer surprises Miko Marks with his Grand Ole Opry debut: “A Dream Come True”


by Tiffany Goldstein

6 hours ago

After more than a decade in the music industry, Miko Marks will officially make her Grand Ole Opry debut.

The genre-bending artist brought his American country sound with a powerful hit of blues to the hallowed ground on Friday night (August 12) to accompany Rissi Palmer on stage. The “Whiskey River” singer joined Palmer for two songs during her Opry performance.

Together, they delivered a touching track called “I’m Still Here”, a melody they co-wrote. After the ear-pleasing original, the two tackled “Flies On The Butter” by The Judds. Shortly after the tribute to the late Naomi Judd, Palmer asked her friend a pivotal question.

“So Miko, I have a question for you. Miko, what are you going to sing in your Grand Ole Opry debut on October 14th?” Palmer said, jumping up and down.

Marks was too studded to talk, but expressed her excitement and gratitude on social media.

“Last night, a dream come true! Thank you @opry and @rissipalmermusic for giving me one of the best gifts. Those who know me know how much this means to me. Everything is still sinking. Surrounded by family and friends, that was the best part. I will play the Opry😭.

Notable names in the country music space came out of the woodwork to congratulate the singer.

“Oh my God 💛” said up-and-coming artist Brittney Spencer. “Ahhh!!! Chills all over the body! 😭 😭 😭” Emily Robinson shared. “It’s happening!!!!! 🔥 🔥 🔥,” Madeline Edwards added.

The CMT Next Women of Country member is set to enter the iconic circle on Friday, October 14 – the same day her highly anticipated album, “Feel Like Going Home” is released. The LP follows his critically acclaimed project “Our Country” and EP “Race Records”.

Marks is far from a surface storyteller, as she uses her talent for songwriting and the platform to drive change in the country’s landscape and society. In “Our Country,” which was her first album in 13 years, addressed gentrification in her hometown and “Mercy” supported victims of violence. Meanwhile, the six-song roundup of 2021 “shed light on the arbitrary divisions imposed on artists and audiences in the early days of music marketing in the 1940s.”

Fans will understand Marks on a deeper level after listening to “Feel Like Going Home,” as the upcoming collection will detail where the singer-songwriter has been and where she’s going.

With witty puns, she will teach valuable lessons and share what she has learned throughout her life. The disc will be composed of untold stories that she has always wanted to tell, but that she has not had the opportunity to vocalize.

“This record isn’t perfect and clean,” Marks previously told People. “It’s raw, and it’s grainy. It’s just honest music, unmodified and designed to sound a certain way,” she added.

The rising artist said she was going back to her “roots” to cultivate the LP. Fans are expected to hear a unique blend of different sounds as she taps into various influences.

“This album feels like coming home. It’s a return to my roots,” she confessed to the publication. “There’s a lot of gospel and a lot of southern rock and a lot of blues intertwined with country because that’s who I am. I’m not just a gender. I like everything. And if I can add something of each different genre and make a big gumbo, that’s what I’ll do. As artists, we have to stir the pot with more and more ingredients. When you do that, it uplifts us all.

The innovative artist recently released “One More Night,” which serves as a preview for the 11-song project. Until Marks makes her Opry debut with new tracks added to her impressive repertoire, country fans can catch her live on the road. For upcoming appearances, visit mikomarks.com.

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