"Palmer Sings Heart and Soul Country"
There is something excitingly different about Mary Ann Palmer: she's talented and determined to set the country music world on fire. Music lovers around the world experienced Mary Ann's mesmerizing persona and "Heart and Soul Country" charm on The Nashville Network's `Be a Star Showcase' this past January. The internationally acclaimed program exposed the new country music duality of Palmer and learned what the Prairie View Family already knew . . . that Mary Ann is star material! Additionally, Palmer's dynamic performance on the Houston's Livestock and Rodeo Show along with Gladys Knight and Frankie Beverly and Maze this February, added a new dimension to musical entertainment.
Affectionately crowned the `Princess of Country Music,' Palmer first appeared on national television when she won the Miss Collegiate African American title in 1990. In 1991, the public again got a taste of her country soul style during her appearance on Star Search, and CBS's Souls of American Music.
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The mainstream acceptance of Country music and Palmer's international media exposure, could only help to open the flood gates for African-American singers. For instance in
The competition is fierce, but Mary Ann is destined to make a difference this time with a Mo' Betta Country Soul style on her second album "Mary Ann," released by UNITAN. Her first album "Lookin' At Me" carved a niche for her. However, her vision for success is more evident on "Mary Ann." Palmer emerges with a "new brand o' country," while maintaining the signature Country & Western backdrop. The difference is her blend of musical idioms, culled from Rhythm & Blues, and gospel, to create her unique soul style. The vocal dynamics clearly embodies her Country Soul style with its cross-cultural and generational appeal. There is a full down-home country on the album from `They Don't Make Love Like They Used to' to an Africentric Country‑R&B in `Doing Lonely Time'. "Palmer gives you a taste of what real country music is like," says Rene John Sandy of Class Magazine. If similarities must be made, she's the best of both worlds--African American and Country. She is a perfect symbol of the new country music duality and a true expression of her cultural heritage.
Palmer's mesmerizing persona simply makes the connection between voice and touch. Johnny High (Country Revue) describes her as "one of the best female vocalists alive today." Mary Ann provokes thought with rhyme and reason. Her "heart and soul country" exposes the closet country listener and converts those who usually say, "I didn't like country music, but I enjoy your singing!" These qualities make her an exceptional artist in a genre, virtually void of African Americans.
Mary Ann's early influence for Country music came at age three and later fueled by Charley Pride around age ten. Palmer also admires Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Shirley Caesar and K. T. Oslin whose songs are staple in her repertoire. When ask, "why country music, there are no Blacks in it?" She quickly responds, "Why not country? Country is a rebirth of the blues. It is about living and the human spirit, and I'm only expressing my cultural roots in the music. Further, if Charley Pride can, so can I." Mary Ann is that kind of woman who was born to sing country. As Billie
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Country music will not be the same with Palmer on the scene with her Mo' Betta "Country Soul" sound that is magically hers in "Mary Ann." This album is a perfect symbol of the new country music duality Palmer hopes that major record labels and fans alike will flock. Meanwhile, Palmer is enthusiastically preparing for a major