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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