|Born|| Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer|
26 August 1993
Harvey, Illinois, United States
Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer (born August 26, 1993) is an American actress and singer who rose to fame for her performance in the 2006 film Akeelah and the Bee. She currently stars as the title character in the Nickelodeon sitcom True Jackson, VP.
Palmer was born as Lauren Keyana Palmer in Harvey, Illinois. Her father, Larry, works for a polyurethane company, and her mother, Sharon, is a high school teacher who works with children with mental disabilities.
In 2002, Palmer auditioned for a stage production of The Lion King at the age of nine. Although she did not win the role, her family moved to Los Angeles in 2004 so Palmer could pursue a screen career.
Palmer then pursued a career in singing. In 2003, she participated in American Juniors, the American Idol spin-off series, but her audition scenes were edited out and the show was canceled that year. In 2005, Palmer signed a record deal with Atlantic Records. Her debut single, "All My Girlz", is featured on the Akeelah and the Bee soundtrack. On November 18, 2006, she performed at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California for VH1's Save the Music Battle of the High School Marching Bands competition, marking her first ever stadium performance in front of thousands of people. In addition, as part of her contract with Disney, Palmer sang the songs "It's My Turn Now" and "Jumpin'" featured in the Disney Channel Original Movie Jump In!, in which she stars as Mary, love interest to Corbin Bleu. In 2006, Palmer was featured in the music video for the Ludacris and Mary J. Blige song "Runaway Love", she starred as an eleven-year old pregnant girl in the video. That same year she recorded a song entitled "Tonight" which was featured as the first song in the end credits of Night at the Museum.
In 2007, Palmer re-recorded the song "True to Your Heart" (from Disney's Mulan) for the DisneyMania 5 CD, and in 2008 re-recorded the song Reflection, (also from Mulan) for the DisneyMania 6 CD
Her debut album So Uncool was released on September 18, 2007, on Atlantic Records with the single "Keep It Movin'" preceding the album release. The album failed to have chart success and Palmer parted ways with Atlantic the next year. The song "Bottoms Up" from this album was also featured on the soundtrack of the 2008 dance film Make It Happen.
In 2008, Palmer began her starring role as the title character in Nickelodeon sitcom True Jackson, VP. Palmer also performs the theme song for the series.
In 2009, Palmer signed a record deal with Interscope Records and beagn working on a to be released in 2010. Between her MySpace and SayNow accounts she has released several snippets of songs that were recorded for possible inclusion on her forthcoming album. Her song, "Top of the World" was premiered during the 83rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thanksgiving morning.
In a recent interview, Palmer stated the album is complete and is in the process of finalization. The as-of-yet untitled album will be a mixture of R&B/Hip-Hop with pop undertones. Producers and writers for the album include Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins, Oak, Lil Eddie and others. Palmer stated the lead single will be released within the next month and that the album itself will be released around November. It was announced on Palmer's fan site that the first single would be " Shut Up Stop Lying".
In July 2009, Palmer launched a Wal-Mart fashion line inspired by her Nickelodeon show, True Jackson, VP. The fashion line consists of jumpers, modern dresses, knit tops, T-shirts, leggings, jeans and more for under $14.
|2004||Barbershop 2: Back in Business||Gina's Niece||Theatrical film, credited as Lauren Keyana Palmer|
|The Wool Cap||Lou||Made-for-TV film|
|2005||Keke & Jamal||Keke Stewart||Unsold TV pilot (Disney Channel/Walt Disney Television)|
|Knights of the South Bronx||Kenya Russell||Made-for-TV film, supporting role|
|2006||Akeelah and the Bee||Akeelah Anderson||Theatrical film, Lead role|
|Madea's Family Reunion||Nikki Grady||Theatrical film, main role|
|2007||Jump In!||Mary Thomas||Made-for-TV film, main role|
|Cleaner||Rose Cutler||Theatrical film, main role|
|2008||The Longshots||Jasmine Plummer||Theatrical film, main role|
|Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare||Crystal Tortoise||Direct to-video, voice role|
|2009||Shrink||Jemma||Theatrical film, supporting role|
|2008—present||True Jackson, VP||True Jackson||Lead role|
|Television guest appearances|
|2004||Cold Case||Arlene Marion||"The Letter" (episode 13, season 1)|
|Strong Medicine||Sarina||"Race for a Cure"|
|2005||Second Time Around||Sharlene||"Big Bank, Little Bank" (episode 11, season 1)|
|ER||Janell Parkerson||"The Show Must Go On" (episode 22, season 11)|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Tasha Wright||"Storm" (episode 10, season 7)|
|2007||Tyler Perry's House of Payne||Nikki||"Bully and the Beast" (episode 1, season 2)|
|Just Jordan||C.C. Livingston||"Fame Game" (episode 17, season 2)|
- "Runaway Love" (Ludacris Feat. Mary J. Blige) - Erica
- "Excuse Me Mama" - Mishon (Cameo role)
- "Keep It Movin" - Feat. Meech
- "All My Girlz"
- "It's My Turn Now"
- 2007: Keke Palmer
- 2007: So Uncool
- 2006: Akeelah and the Bee
- 2006: Night at the Museum
- 2007: Jump In!
- 2007: DisneyMania 5
- 2008: DisneyMania 6
Awards and nominations
|2005||Young Artist Award||"Best Performance in TV Movie, Miniseries or Special - Leading Young Actress"||The Wool Cap||Nom.|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||"Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries"||Nom.|
|Image Awards||"Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special"||Nom.|
|2006||Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||"Most Promising Performer"||Akeelah and the Bee||Nom.|
|Black Movie Awards||"Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role"||Won|
|2007||Young Artist Award||"Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress"||Won|
|Image Awards||"Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture"||Won|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||"Best Young Actress"||Nom.|
|Black Reel Awards||"Best Actress"||Won|
|"Best Breakthrough Performance"||Nom.|
|2008||Young Artist Awards||"Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress"||Cleaner||Nom.|
|Black Reel Awards||"Best Actress"||The Longshots||Nom.|
|2009||NAACP Awards||"NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series or Special"||True Jackson, VP||Won|
|Kids Choice Awards||"Favorite TV Actress"||Nom.|
|BET Awards||"YoungStars Award"||Won|