Billboard Exclusively Streams Country Newcomer Risa Binder's Debut EP

New York City might not necessarily seem like a hotbed for country music, but newcomer Risa Binder has found a big appetite for it in the Big Apple.

“There are so many country fans in New York that it would surprise you,” the Brooklyn-based singer tells Billboard. “Whenever a major act comes to Madison Square Garden, it sells out within an hour, and there are also a few bluegrass places here that are real popular.”

Yet when it comes to the name of her debut five-song EP, which she releases on Tuesday, Aug. 5, she was inspired by Music City. has an early exclusive premiere of Binder's Nashville disc.

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Risa Binder Releases ‘Nashville’ EP, August 5

Brooklyn singer/songwriter Risa Binder’s desire to record country music inspired her to leave NYC’s fast paced streets for the sights and sounds of Nashville. It was a life-changing decision that has culminated in her new five-song EP, fittingly titled ‘Nashville,’ out August 5.

“Someone left the light on for me in Nashville,” begins Risa’s refrain on the autobiographical title track, which Country Weekly “bets [will] make you want to visit" the city. The song chronicles Risa’s humble beginnings traveling between the Big Apple and Music City to record demos, where she’d cat-sit for friends in exchange for a place to sleep between studio sessions.

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Yahoo! Music has praised her “distinctive flair for the storytelling aspect of country music,” something Risa has honed since moving to Nashville. “I am drawn to the stories country songs tell,” said Risa. “They speak right to our emotions and that's what first attracted me to country music."

Risa worked with producer Luke Wooten (Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Kellie Pickler) on the EP as well as a collective of songwriters that includes Chuck Jones (Patti Labelle, Reba McEntire) on “Burning Down the Dark,” a tale of escaping to Nashville’s countryside for a first kiss, Matraca Berg (Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine”) on the haunting ballad “Easy to Remember,” and Phil Barton (Cassadee Pope, David Nail) who co-wrote the piano-driven, mid-tempo love song “Gotta Have You.”

The EP follows up Risa’s debut album ‘Paper Heart,’ which earned her comparisons to Taylor Swift and Colbie Caillat, and spotlights from the Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Entertainment Tonight, and M Magazine who called it “expertly crafted, [and] as spontaneously romantic as a kiss in the rain.”


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Singer-Songwriter Risa Binder Celebrates 'Nashville' With New Song

Although Risa Binder hails from Brooklyn, the singer-songwriter has a distinctive flair for the storytelling aspect of country music, something she's honed via time in Nashville working in Music City's famed songwriting camps. Her debut release, "Paper Heart," even earned her comparisons to one of the town's most lauded storytellers: Taylor Swift!

Yahoo Music is pleased to premiere the first single off Binder's forthcoming EP "Nashville," which is titled "Burning Down the Dark."

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