The Country Note Exclusive: Risa Binder Talks About Tank Top, Her Latest Single “You Haul” And More

August 14, 2017
By: Lindsey Sipe

Emmy nominated for a soap opera song. Razorback tank top designer. Singer. Songwriter. What doesn’t Risa Binder do? The Country Note sat down with the “You Haul” singer to discuss General Hospital, new music, “the magic of Nashville”, and where you can get the adorable “Sing, Write, Repeat” tank top!

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Listen to Risa's latest single "You Haul" HERE.

Risa Talks with The Digital Journal about New Single "You Haul"

Risa chatted with The Digital Journal about her new single "You Haul"! Read the piece below or see more on

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 11, 2017
Up-and-coming country songstress Risa Binder chatted with Digital Journal about her new single "You Haul," as well as the digital transformation of the country music scene.

On her new song "You Haul," she said, "I had the title of the song for a while, and waited until I was in a co-write with friends who would find the idea funny. We decided it would be about 'What would happen if you were going through a breakup but instead of it breaking your heart, your friends came over and helped you celebrate the breakup!' So we wrote about that. A Breakup, Pack it Up, Party!"

Regarding the concept for the song's music video, she said, "The concept was about creating that party vibe on set while packing up the house. I was looking forward to breaking things on set too. So we thought about what my boyfriend would have around the house that we could break, which is totally opposite from my personality. I would probably never do that in real life. My director, Patrick Tohill, went to a Goodwill and found old trophies and a lava lamp and we had a blast filming all of it!"

On her future plans, she said, "Right now, I'm on a radio tour for 'You Haul,' which is so amazing. We are traveling the country meeting radio music Directors and DJs and performing for them. My future plans include continuing to tour, write, record adding in more live shows. I love performing live."

Her biggest influences in country range from Reba McEntire, to Shania Twain, to Martina McBride and Mary Chapin Carpenter. "There are so many incredible female artists and they inspire my writing and live performance," she admitted.
On the digital transformation of the country music industry, she said, "I couldn't predict that there would be so many different avenues online to find music, which makes it easier to access the music. I can reach my audience more immediately and connect on a personal and creative level," she said.

When asked how the songstress uses technology in her daily routine, she responded, "I am a huge fan of social media. I see it as a platform to brighten people's day and inspire people to live their happiest life .I try to make it a routine to post inspirational messages and simple things that make me happy such as a cup of coffee from my favorite shop. A quote that motivates me: 'If I can make one person's life more positive in a day, then I feel like I'm doing my job."
She listed Brett Eldredge and Canaan Smith as her dream male duet choices in country music. "I am a huge fan of Canaan Smith. We wrote together when I first got to town and I loved singing with him on the demo we did. I look forward to possibly singing a duet with him in the future! That would rock," she said.

For her fans, she concluded about "You Haul," "I recorded the song with producer Luke Wooten who has produced Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Kellie Picker, and several other incredible performers. If you listen closely to the song towards the end, my girlfriends came to the studio and had wine with me and we hung out and created a party vibe in the studio when we recorded it so there are parts where we are yelling and laughing in the background toward the end of the song. It was so much fun!"

Download or stream "You Haul" HERE or see the new music video on YouTube HERE!

Read more on The Digital Journal HERE.

"You Haul" New Music Video Premiere via Taste of Country

Risa Binder turns a breakup into a declaration of independence in the video for her new single, “You Haul.” Watch the official video on Taste Of Country HERE!

The country singer’s had it with her no-good man, and she decides it’s time for him to vacate the premises — whether he wants to or not. While he’s out of the house, she calls her girlfriends over for a “drinkin’, packin’ party,” haphazardly throwing his stuff into boxes and tossing it onto a moving truck for him.

“I’ve had enough for too long / Every trip to the truck gets you closer to gone / Babe I packed it up, now you haul,” she sings in the chorus, her infectious voice buoyed by powerful electric guitar chords.

Binder co-wrote “You Haul” with Vanessa Olivarez and Karl Rybacki and worked with producer Luke Wooten on the track.

“I loved every minute recording ‘You Haul,'” she tells us. “It’s a super fun party vibe breakup song, letting you celebrate the next part of your life after a relationship ends. Sometimes ya got to party!”

“You Haul” is currently available via iTunes and Amazon, and Binder has also released the song to country radio.

The singer performed on the Hard Rock Stage during the 2017 CMA Fest in June, and iHeartRadio and AT&T also featured her in their About to Break series. Binder was previously nominated for an Emmy for Best Song in a Daytime Drama after her song “Just Like That” was featured on General Hospital.

Watch the full, official video on Taste of Country now! Click HERE to view!

Listen or download "You Haul" HERE.

Country Music Matters Reviews Risa Binder's "You Haul"

Country Music Matters Reviews Risa Binder's "You Haul"

(Written by Heidi Bryan/CMM Contributor)
Read the full piece on Country Music Matters HERE.

“I’m on a mission to bring my own style of happiness to the world with these songs. I’m a person who does what her heart tells her to do, and my goal is to make music that will get people pumped to follow their dreams.” Reading this quote from Risa Binder reminds us of just one of the reasons we all fell in love with country music in the first place. The Happiness we all felt that came from song written of love won or the pain of love loss. Risa brings honesty and spunk to her music with every word she sings.

Risa is popularly known as the city girl with a country heart and her new single “You Haul” is evidence that it is true. It is the ultimate girl anthem of any woman when enough is finally enough. When asked about how she felt recording her new single she said “I loved every minute recording ‘You Haul’ – it’s a super fun party-vibe breakup song, letting you celebrate the next part of your life after a relationship ends.  Sometimes ‘ya got to party!” It has the fire of a Miranda Lambert song with the sweetness that only Risa could bring to it. Grammy Award winning producer Luke Wooten produced “You Haul” and is also producing her EP to be released later this year.

Risa Binder is the whole package. She is bubbly, entertaining, and you feel her personality in her music. Take a listen… Just prepare yourself for the musical journey that Risa Binder will take you down. Take some time to check out her website in case there is something you may have missed.

(Written by Heidi Bryan/CMM Contributor)

Read the full story on Country Music Matters HERE.

Click here to download or listen to "You Haul"!

Risa Chats with Country Music Minute - See the Interview!

During CMA Fest, Risa met up with Country Music Minute to talk about the new single "You Haul," songwriting, and more.

“I’m a person who does what her heart tells her to do, and my ultimate goal is to make music that will get people pumped to follow their dreams the way I continue to follow mine.”

Risa recently released her new single, “You Haul,” on iTunes, Amazon, and all digital retailers on June 2.  “You Haul” was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Luke Wooten (Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley), who is also in the studio with Risa for a full length album to be released later this year.  


Risa Binder Talks with PARADE in Preparation for The CMA Music Festival

Risa Binder Talks with PARADE in Preparation for The CMA Music Festival


Emmy-nominated recording artist Risa Binder is hitting the stage in the town she loves this week and she’s got a new single, You Haul, in her back pocket for a little extra country punch. Binder will be performing at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville on June 9.

Catching some major attention in the music world (and an Emmy nomination) after her song Just Like That gained attention on the popular daytime soap General Hospital, Binder’s next EP, Nashville, would see plenty of playtime, paving the way for more touring and time in the recording studio.

We caught up with Binder for a little Q & A to find out more about her country music career and who she’s hoping to bump into at the CMA Music Fest.

As a singer/songwriter, what most inspires your work?
Simply waking up every morning inspires me. I love people, travel and great stories. Most of my songs are inspired by stories about me or friends of mine.

Touring and opening for country music legend Ronnie Milsap is certainly an honor and a nod to your talent. What have you learned from working so closely with a music icon?
I learned so much watching Ronnie and his band every night. I was honored to open for him, and [for] every night I got the opportunity to sing before him, I give thanks. They are truly a family onstage and off and I aspire to have my band always feel like my family as well. Ronnie’s songs are legendary, and each night I would have people come up to me after the show telling me about how certain Ronnie songs were the soundtrack to their lives. The best thing we can do as artists and songwriters is write a song that truly touches the hearts of the people listening.

You are notorious for your post-concert “Sweet ‘n Greets” with fans. What happens when you add cupcakes to this music tradition?
Ha ha! Yes. I love to have Sweet n Greets after my shows. It so fun to meet everyone and share a little sweet treat. It’s a great way to end the night. Cupcakes are always a hit. Especially the mini cupcakes. Yum!

Fans will be able to see you at Nashville’s 2017 CMA Music Fest. Besides your fans, are there any folks you’d love to bump into at the festival?
I am super-excited to perform at CMA Fest this year! We are playing at 4pm on Friday at The Gildan Broadway Stage right near the Hard Rock Cafe. I’m sharing the stage with great acts, and I would love to bump into Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, and high five Dierks Bentley.

It can be difficult for artists to follow and realize their dreams. What advice do you have for those who are on the journey?
For me, the most incredible feeling is performing live and connecting with the crowd. I would tell other artists to get specific and know exactly what they want and where they want to go in the industry. Write it down. Place your goals where you can see them when you wake up and when you go to sleep. Then begin taking action each day, carving out your own beautiful path to get there. There is only one you. Keep creating. Keep writing. Keep sharing your story with the world.

What’s next for Risa Binder?
I just released my new single You Haul. It’s a fun party vibe breakup song. We are gearing up for a radio tour for the summer that starts June 12th. The video for You Haul is so fun and I can’t wait to share that with you, too!


Click HERE to listen to Risa's new single 'You Haul' now!


Risa Binder Talks Music and Food With Battered And Brewed

Exclusive Interview with Emmy-Nominated Country Artist and Foodie, Risa Binder

June 6, 2017 - by MARY GRIFFITHS
via Battered and Brewed

Good Afternoon Risa! Thank you so much for talking with Battered and Brewed! What was a typical dinner or family meal like for you growing up in Maryland?
A typical dinner was something I always looked forward to growing up because my family of four ate together every night until I went to college! Meals were a way for us to connect. My mom is a great cook! She loves to host family events and for that I am thankful!

Do you have a signature dish you prefer to cook at home or rather go out to eat?I love both. I love cooking at home..right now i’m on a cauliflower crust pizza kick with grilled veggies. But I also love to go out to eat as well!

Do you have a playlist you like to listen to while you cook?
It always changes depending on my mood, but usually something I can dance around the kitchen to while I cook.

What are three things you can always find in your refrigerator?
Bell Peppers, Hummus, Dark chocolate (and at least 2 to 3 jars of applesauce at any time, simply because I always forget there is some already in the fridge).

If you had to pick one type of cuisine, what would you say is your favorite?
Thai at the moment! So many options. Tom Kha Gai Soup, Basil Chicken, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

What’s one food everyone tells you to try, but you just can’t get up the nerve.
The fried calamari that actually looks like a little octopus…I can’t

What can’t you control yourself around food wise?
Mac and cheese, chocolate, and popcorn

If you designed your own walking food tour of Nashville, which restaurants/food sellers would be on your list of places to visit?
I absolutely love how Nashville has become a culinary destination! There are so many places …I would do a walking tour of 12th South and showcase Edley’s (get the hot chicken nachos..they aren’t on the menu), The Flipside, and get a popsicle over at Las Paletas. I would have a separate breakfast and coffee tour that involved Fido, 5 Daughters, Crema, 3 Brothers, and then on Sunday, Hattie B’s Chicken & Waffles…You would definitely need a nap. Then start the evening at Salt & Vine with a glass of wine and a meat n’ cheese plate then roll on over to  Adeles’ (Kale Salad, actually basically anything there).

Then there’s Rolf & Daughters…I always feel like when I go there I want to stand up after my meal and do a “slow clap” and see if people just stand up and join me because the food there is so incredible. Butcher & Bee (Whipped Feta + all the veggies) …the list goes on and on…

Is there anywhere you have not been and are dying to go?
Yes! Henrietta Red, Eio & The Hive, and Slim & Husky’s

We love your Instagram! You are quite the culinary (and coffee) photographer! Has that always been a hobby of yours?
Thank You! I love Instagram. Yes, I think besides performing …my other “Happy Place” is having a meal with friends or even by myself and capturing it on camera. Also having a coffee in the morning is sometimes like my “thankful meditation.” I am thankful to have that warm cup of happiness to start my day and I want to document that.

Tell us about your newest single, “You Haul,” that was released June 2nd. What inspired you most when writing this song?
“You Haul” was a title I had for a while but wanted to wait until I was in the room with other writers who would find it funny and fun. I wrote it with Vanessa Oliverez and Karl Rybecki and it was a super fun write that turned out just like I imagined!! Everyone goes through breakups but wouldn’t it be fun it you could celebrate the breakup with a party? Thats what “You Haul” is about.

What was it like working and writing with Luke Wooten (Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley)?
I still can’t believe I get to work with Luke Wooten. I can’t believe that he is my friend. He is so great to work with…it’s a great collaboration…He gives you creative freedom and never let’s you give less than your best. I also appreciate his honesty if something could be better or needs tweaking.

You are an Emmy-Nominated artist and was just recently chosen to be a part of iHeartRadio / AT&T’s “About to Break” series. Congrats! What has that been like?
Going to iHeart Radio’s offices to sing live was a serious dream come true. They created a beautiful video that is my most favorite piece about my music journey so far! I am so excited to be a part of that series and super pumped to continue working with them!

You are gearing up to play CMA fest in downtown Nashville. Any restaurants/bars you would recommend to your fans who need a breather?
Yes! Can’t wait to play CMA Fest on June 9th at 4pm at the Gildan Broadway Stage which is right near the Hard Rock Cafe. If you need a breather downtown I suggest going to the rooftop of Acme Feed and Seed. They have a great menu! Merchants is also yummy. Or you could go to Jacks yummy!

Aside from your passion for food and music, what’s the one thing that really keeps you ticking?
Travel keeps me ticking. I love traveling and discovering new places. I’m definitely an urban adventurer.

Finally for Battered and Brewed, If you could eat or drink with one person dead or alive, who would it be and what would you have?
I would split a Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae with Reba.

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New Single "You Haul" Available Now!

Risa Binder's new single "You Haul" is out now! Available everywhere. Click HERE or below to check it out!


New single out now!

"I loved every minute recording ‘You Haul’ – it’s a super fun party-vibe breakup song, letting you celebrate the next part of your life after a relationship ends.  Sometimes ‘ya got to party!"

Risa Binder To Release New Single “You Haul” via iTunes, Amazon and All Digital Retailers on Warehouse Records On June 2


Warehouse Records recording artist Risa Binder will release her brand new single, “You Haul,” via iTunes, Amazon and all digital retailers on June 2“You Haul” was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Luke Wooten (Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley), who is also in the studio with Risa for a full length album to be released later this year.  Check out “You Haul” HERE.  The release of the new single will coincide with Risa’s upcoming performance during CMA Music Festival week in Nashville, Tennessee at Hard Rock Café – The Gilden Broadway Stage on June 9.  For more information about her CMA Music Festival performance please click HERE.

Says Risa, who wrote the song with Nashville songwriters Vanessa Olivarez and Karl Rybacki, “I loved every minute recording ‘You Haul’ – it’s a super fun party-vibe breakup song, letting you celebrate the next part of your life after a relationship ends.  Sometimes ‘ya got to party!”

Risa was recently chosen for iHeartRadio / AT&T’s “About to Break” series as one of several artists to be featured for the special campaign.  Her episode was backed by a bank of on-air spots running throughout the month of April across format relevant stations, along with national social and digital support on iHeartRadio and AT&T. 


Also helmed by producer Luke Wooten, Risa previously released her EP, NASHVILLE, featuring the single “Gotta Have You,” which debuted at #26 on the iTunes Country Releases chart, and entered heavy rotation on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s “The Highway” channel.  Risa’s earlier song “Just Like That,” was Emmy nominated for “Best Song in a Daytime Drama” after its prominent feature on “General Hospital.”

AT&T and iHeart Radio Present Risa Binder As "Artist About To Break"

Country music artist Risa Binder's “About to Break” campaign officially kicked off April 4, 2017 across iHeartRadio and AT&T’s platforms. Risa was chosen as one of several artists to be featured for the special campaign, and her episode is backed by a bank of on-air spots running throughout the month of April across format relevant stations, along with national social and digital support on iHeartRadio and AT&T’s accounts to drive awareness and familiarity with fans and our audiences. 

Watch the full-length piece here!

Risa To Perform At CMA Fest 2017

Risa has been selected to be an official performer for the CMA Foundation's CMA Fest 2017 in Nashville, TN!! 

On June 9th at 4pm, Risa will perform on the Gildan Broadway Stage to support the CMA Foundation & Music Education. She is super excited and would love to see you at the show!

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