At the age of twenty, Keke Palmer has already established herself as one of the fastest rising young stars of her generation. Her talents span film, television, and music alike. Palmer can next be seen starring in the Flower Films horror/thriller, “Animal,” directed by Brett Simmons and executive produced by Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen for Flower Films. The movie will be released in Spring 2014. Most recently Palmer wrapped lead roles in the Indie pictures, “Brotherly Love” (Spring 2014), produced by Queen Latifah and “Imperial Dreams” (Sundance Film Festival - 2014) opposite John Boyega and directed by Malik Vitthal.
In addition to her acting, Palmer has been hard at work in the music studio recording her next album with four-time Grammy Award-winning music producer, Bangladesh. On October 21, they dropped a teaser track to fans entitled “Work Like You Love Me,” which got to show fans not only her new sound, but a much more mature Keke. Palmer’s new single and album will debut in first quarter 2014.
Palmer was most recently seen in the DirecTV miniseries Full Circle, written by acclaimed screenwriter Neil Labute. She starred opposite David Boreanaz, Billy Campbell, Julian McMahon and Kate Walsh. In addition to Full Circle, Palmer recently starred in the highly successful made-for-TV original movie Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story—the true story of the biggest rap/pop female singing super group of the 90’s, TLC. The movie aired on October 21st and was a ratings hit, breaking records for VH1 as their most successful original TV movie to date. The film was executive produced by TLC members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas.
In 2012, Palmer produced her first project, the made-for-TV original movie, “RAGS,” which aired on Nickelodeon to rave reviews. The film garnered a #1 soundtrack on iTunes and reached as high as #3 on the Album Chart. The film was also produced by Nick Cannon. Palmer was last seen on the big screen in “Joyful Noise” (Warner Bros). The film’s soundtrack also reached #1, performing alongside Oscar Nominated Actress Queen Latifah and Country Music Legend Dolly Parton. Palmer received praise from many critics for her “young and inspiring” rendition of the Michael Jackson song, “Man in the Mirror." In that same year, she starred in two motion pictures (Ice Age and Joyful Noise) as well as two made for TV original movies (“The Carlina White Story” and “Rags”). “Ice Age: Continental Drift” grossed over 800 million dollars worldwide. In the movie, she voiced the character of ‘Peaches,’ the precocious teenaged daughter of Ray Romano’s character, “Manny.” She was asked by Fox Executive Robert Kraft to record the theme song for the movie, titled “We Are,” which was later chosen to be the theme song for the American Team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Palmer’s vocals were heard on NBC during the two week coverage of the London Games.
Palmer first received great acclaim when she starred as the title character in the Lionsgate Films/Starbucks Entertainment sleeper hit Akeelah and the Bee, opposite actor Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett. She also appeared in the Lionsgate drama, “Shrink,” where she starred alongside Kevin Spacey and Robin Williams. The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival where Palmer received rave reviews for her performance.
In 2008 Palmer starred in the Weinstein Co. feature, “The Longshots.” The film was based on the true story of a young female quarterback played by Palmer that makes Pop Warner history. She starred opposite Ice Cube for first time director and Limp Bizkit front man, Fred Durst. That same year she starred opposite Sam Jackson and Eva Mendes in “The Cleaner,” which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.
Her greatest television success came from playing the title character in the hit Nickelodeon series, “True Jackson, VP.” For 68 episodes she played a high-school student who becomes the head of a major fashion company. “True Jackson” bowed with over 4.8 million viewers, which at that time set a record for Nickelodeon’s largest audience for a live-action premiere. For her performance as ‘True,’ Palmer received four NAACP Awards for “Best Actress in Children's Television.” In addition to “True Jackson,” Palmer’s other TV credits include “90210,” “Cold Case,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and “ER,” to name a few.
In addition to acting, Palmer believes in giving back. She is very involved with The Boys & Girls Club of America, Saving Our Daughters, WYMCA, and she is an ambassador for Robbi Reid's AIDS Foundation.