In considerably less than two years, Keke has done a lot of national commercials, made for TV movies, television guest starring appearances, shot a pilot for her own show on Disney Channel, Keke & Jamal, and two LionsGate family movies, Madea’s Family Reunion, starring Tyler Perry, Blair Underwood, Lynn Whitfield, Cicely Tyson, Maya Angelou, which hits theaters February 24th, 2006, Akeelah and The Bee, starring Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett opening April 28th, 2006. Keke is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and just recently signed a major recording contract with Atlantic Records. Although she had offers from three other major labels, Keke felt strongly that Atlantic was the right place for her, after all, it is the label that launched the careers of legendary artists such as, Aretha Franklin & Ray Charles. At the age of twelve, Keke has a long way to go, but no one can argue the fact that she is off to a amazing start!Born Lauren Keyana Palmer, in Robbins, Illinois, (a small town 20 miles south of Chicago). Palmer showed vocal promise as a five-year-old when she belted out, “Jesus Loves Me” in her church choir. A year later, the singer /actress had a solo in her kindergarten play, but to her mom’s dismay the mic had not been adjusted to suit her daughter’s height. Without missing a beat, Palmer lowered the mic and moved the crowd with her heavenly voice. At that very moment, her family knew there was something special about Keke (a nickname given to her by her sister).
Although music was still her passion, Palmer 1st big break came via her acting skills, making her big screen debut in the 2004 “Barbershop 2: Back in Business”, as Queen Latifah’s niece. Immediately recognizing her star potential, the film’s producers encouraged Palmer’s parents to take their daughter to California to explore other acting opportunities. Relocating essential that Palmer’s parents leave behind the security of their jobs, a newly purchased home and uproot their other three children. However, it didn’t diminish the family’s support of Palmer’s aspirations.
Once settled on the West Coast, Palmer did not waste any time. Within six weeks she had booked an episode of the critically acclaimed CBS Show, “Cold Case”, booked a national K-Mart commercial, and was chosen from a nationwide seem to play opposite William H. Macy in a TNT movie. Palmer’s performance in, Wool Cap, was so amazing that it earned her a Screen Actors Guild Nomination, to date, she is the youngest actress, (then at age ten), ever to receive a nomination in a Lead Actress Category.
In 2006, Palmer appeared as the lead character, Akeelah Anderson in the critically acclaimed award-winning film “Akeelah and the Bee”. The film, about young South Los Angeles girl who attempts to win a national spelling bee, won the hearts of audiences everywhere. Keke held her own, in scenes with acting veteran co-stars Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne. That very same year, Palmer appeared in Tyler Perry’s, Medea’s Family Reunion, which was number #1 at the box office for two consecutive weeks!
Palmer went on to win a 2007 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Think about for her breakout role in, Akeelah and the Bee. She also received a ShoWest Award for, “Rising Star of the Year”. Shortly after, Palmer lit up the small screen starring in the Disney Channel #1 hit movie “Jump In”. This one-two punch of big screen success coupled with small screen ratings strength made Keke Palmer a househould name in Hollywood.
Palmer contributed her first recording to the “Akeelah and the Bee” soundtrack entitled “All My Girlz” and followed it up with the ever popular “My Turn Now” on the Jump In Disney Channel Movie soundtrack. As if two soundtracks were not enough, she was also asked to sing “Tonight”, an end title song from the smash hit Ben Stiller movie “Night at the Museum”.
Her Atlantic Records debut album, entitled “So Uncool”, is jammed with uptempo R&B tracks, inspirational moments, and love songs.
Look for her next in the feature film Cleaner, co-starring with Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendez and Ed Harris. Her single Footworkin hits stores in July 2007, her album So Uncool, hits stores September 2007.
|Date of Birth||26 August 1993|
|Place of Birth||Harvey, Illinois, USA|