Keke Palmer Talks "We Are" and "Ice Age: Continental Drift"
Thu, 12 Jul 2012 09:52:13
Keke Palmer pulls double duty in Ice Age: Continental Drift.
Not only is she completely and utterly charming and captivating as Peaches, but she also soulfully delivers on "We Are" from the film's soundtrack. Palmer's a rare talent who can excel as both an actor and singer seamlessly, and Ice Age illuminates that.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Keke Palmer talks Ice Age: Continental Drift, "We Are", and so much more.
How did "We Are" come about?
The filmmakers wanted the movie to have a song people could cling to and also represent what Ice Age: Continental Drift is about, which is "We Are Family". No matter where you're from or how you were raised, as long as you're a good person, it doesn't matter. Ice Age captures that feeling of "We've Got Your Back. We're family. We won't leave you behind ever". It's in my storyline and Mandy's. Then, you have all of the great people who are in it like Nicki Minaj, Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, and Ray Romano all singing together. When people think about Ice Age, they'll think about the song "We Are Family" and the cool twist on it.
What was recording the song like?
It was a lot of fun. I love singing and music has always been a part of my life. Doing the song was awesome. Having them want me to do the song was a big compliment for me. I came into the fourth film, and it's a huge brand. I was just happy to be a part of it and have a really big role in it. It was fun to be a part of that.
When people hear the song, I want them to recognize my voice. I do that by staying true to me and adding my little flare to it.
What resonated with you about Peaches?
I liked that she was a character everybody could understand. She's a 16-year-old girl that's growing up and trying to become her own person yet she loves her dad. She wants him to see where she's coming from. Though she knows he loves her, she wants to explore and learn. Her dad has to trust her to do that.
She has a lot of heart.
She definitely does. She has a good heart. She knows what's right and what's wrong. It's good to see that and know her dad doesn't have to worry.
Are recording songs and recording parts for an animated film?
I'd have to say they're similar processes. You have to tap into your imagination for music too. If you're singing about an ex-lover you wish you could still be with, you have to imagine breaking up with someone.
Is the process different?
Doing Ice Age, I had to tap into a part of my mind I never tapped into before. Ice Age did a great job with "We Are" because people love it even more when they have a song they can identify with.
What are some of your favorite animated films?
The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, A Bug's Life, Thumbelina…there were millions of them.
Where does the new album see you going creatively?
It's definitely a progression. What you would think I'd sound like at my age is what it is. It's a record I can say is truly my own. I was there from the beginning to the end. I was in full control of it, and it represents who I am.
Will you be seeing Ice Age: Continental Drift on Friday July 13?