Little do many know but Keke Palmer was not always the bubbly, full of happiness, and very sure of herself person.
At 16 years old Keke Palmer recorded ‘Waited to Exhale,’ an unreleased album she penned while battling depression and anxiety. Now 6 years later Palmer released the 11-track album with a two part introduction that explains why she titled the album ‘Waited to Exhale.”
This is sixteen year old Keke saying she’s not afraid anymore. I decided to let her run free after seven years of holding her back. Now I release to you the unreleased album I composed when I was sixteen, now titled, “Waited To Exhale” available now on KEKEPALMER.COM(it’s free kids lol). I chose to title it that after all these years because it was my anxiety and depression that stopped me from investing in myself. I thought I was a failure because I didn’t fit into any of the boxes that my label wanted for me to fit in. I’ve always been an individual, but I wasn’t always proud. However I am now exalted in my truth and it is more therapeutic for me than you know to finally release this from my heart. I love you all!!
And another introduction on her website where she talks more in-depth on the album that she recorded while filming her Nickelodeon series ‘True Jackson VP.’
These are the words I was afraid to stand behind because I had too much anxiety and could not process my experiences and how they were separate from the spirit of who I was. All of these songs were written and created during True Jackson VP .. I swallowed my voice for so long and felt that I would not release this music because I was sick of the music business turning its back on me!!
It wasn’t until many years later (now) that I have listened back on these records and realized I have always known the truth of who I was I just allowed others perception of me to become my perception of myself. I did not spread my wings because I was told I couldn’t fly a certain way and I believed it! — My anxiety, caused by the habit of unconsciously holding my breath, coupled with the stress of my personal life at that time created a lot of hard years of depression for me. However, I am exalted now because God brings it to you when you are ready, not when you think you are. I am now right where I should be and I can see with my heart that I have always known who I am and who I want to be.
Press play to listen to ‘Waited to Exhale’ below.