Her work in music is commendable and the award winning star is also a recognized actress on television serials and films. The “So Uncool” sensation was among the top earners as a television child star.
Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer was born on 26th August, 1993 to Sharon and Larry Palmer in Harvey, Illinois. She first earned exposure through her performance at a stage show in Chicago.
Keke got a role in her first film in 2004 which was titled Barbershop 2: Back in Business. She then shifted to California to pursue her acting career. She pursued singing as well by participating in the spin off series of American Idol and also American Juniors.
In 2005, Keke, signed up a record contract with Atlantic Records. Her maiden single “All My Girlz” was featured on the film “Akeelah and the Bee”. The very year she starred in the TV film Knights of the South Bronx as well as in 3 TV programs.
Her first stadium performance before a magnanimous crowd of around 1000 spectators was for Save the Music Battle by VH1 at Carson’s Home Depot Center, in 2006. Besides, her Disney contract was followed-up by ”It’s My Turn Now” & “Jumpin”. The same year, she featured in Runaway love music video & recorded “Tonight”.She had the lead character in Akeelah and the Bee & supporting role in Madea’s Family Reunion.
In 2007, Palmer bagged various acting roles in Cleaner, Jump In!, House of Payne & Just Jordan. Her debut album So Uncool was released that year in September under Atlantic Records & was charted on R&B chart. Next year, Keke bagged the title role in Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP. She also wrote & performed for the sitcom’s theme song. The same year, she landed up with the lead character of The Longshots & the next year she was casted in Shrink.
Her 1st mixtape Awaken was released on January 2011. The next year, she was casted in movie Joyful Noise. She then went on to produce & star in Nickelodeon musical Rags. Keke has also been a voice actor for Ice Age: Continental Drift & Winx Club. In 2012 only, she released “You Got Me” & self-titled mixtape named “Keke Palmer” that earned 35,000+ downloads.
In 2013, she was selected for TLC VH1-biopoc CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, horror flick Animal & Masters of Sex series. In 2014, Keke began her own talk show titled ‘Just Keke’. The star is also the first Afro-American ever to play Cinderella on the famous Broadway in September. In 2015, Keke was casted for Scream Queens.
The most important highlight of Keke’s career was surely the portrayal of lead role in famous Nickelodeon series True Jackson, VP.
Keke is a great philanthropist who works with several charities like Saving Our Daughters and YWCA.
One of the most commendable faces in the film & music industry, Keke surely stands as a great inspiration for many budding artists.
Awards and Achievements
Keke has won several awards like NAACP Image Awards, Chicago Film Critics Association Award, Black Movie Awards, Young Artist Award & Black Reel Awards.