By Desiree Johnson

Killeen Daily Herald

At 15 years old, Keke Palmer has accomplished more in Hollywood than most will in a lifetime – and now she's turned her sights on the world of music.

Palmer will appear at the Clear Creek Main Exchange at 2 p.m. Saturday to promote her new CD, "So Uncool."

"I think people will be very surprised," Palmer said in a telephone interview. "It's inspirational music. There's soft styles, then fast dance songs and even 'Skin Deep,' a song I wrote with my sister about being yourself. There's a lot of variety on this album."

While music was always her first love, Palmer's big break came in the form of an acting role as Queen Latifah's niece in the film "Barbershop 2: Back in Business."

The family soon relocated to California to give Palmer's blossoming career a chance to take off, and within six weeks, Palmer landed a role on the CBS series "Cold Case," a national Kmart commercial and "The Wool Cap," a TNT original movie. The latter performance earned her another achievement, when at 11, she became the youngest actress to be nominated in the Lead Actress category of the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

She went on to perform the lead role in "Akeelah and the Bee," a performance that earned her the 2007 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.

Even as Palmer worked hard to build her acting resum?, she never forgot where it all began – in music. She's performed on the soundtracks of several films and TV shows, including "Akeelah and the Bee;" "Jump In!," a Disney Channel movie in which she stars; and "Night at the Museum," a comedy starring Ben Stiller.

While the music on "So Uncool" is upbeat and positive, Palmer hopes her younger audience gets a lot from both the tunes and the title itself.

"Lots of people are afraid to be different because they don't want to be made fun of, so they're becoming followers," Palmer said. "It's okay to be different and do your own thing. I just want people to know that being uncool makes you cool."

Just coming off her nationwide Kmart tour, Palmer is spending the next few months in a new environment: Army bases.

"I'm loving visiting all these places," Palmer said.

"I never knew (Army posts) were that cool. They're people's homes, and everything is right there for them."

For more information on Palmer's appearance at the Clear Creek Main Exchange, call (254) 532-7200.

Contact Desiree Johnson at or call (254) 501-7559

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