Nember 6, 2000
Palmer to perform at 'Taste of Red'
Columbia Winery will feature May Palmer, a well-known jazz/blues/R&B vocalist, on Nov. 11 from noon to 3 p.m. and Nov. 12 from 1 to 4 at the "Taste of Red" event.
Palmer will be performing jazz and blues numbers, including songs from her CD, "Setting The Standards" (1999).
"Palmer's power and strength is undeniable, and she has the versatility to simply nail the blues. Her sound swelters with a soulfulness that finds its way to your ears even on the more subtle jazz standards. Palmer can hit all the notes and go where she wants to go," said Marlee Walker in a CD review in the September 1999 issue of Blues-To-Do.
Originally from Providence, R.I., Palmer first started singing gospel music as a young girl in her church.
"I sang with Soul Village, a television show, every Sunday, sometimes as a soloist. The program featured original gospel music.
"Both of my parents were encouraging about my voice, but my father did not recognize the arts as a legitimate business. He believed in me having a 'real' job. After high school and one year at Rhode Island College, I worked at menial jobs with no direction, but maintained my deep love and natural gift for music. I took voice lessons, played the guitar and took drum lessons," said Palmer.
She married and at 28, with the encouragement and support of her husband who recognized her talent, she began her music career.
"I knew nothing about the business of music. I made the commitment to learn and work. I watched and imitated local artists and saw that they had to promote and they were highly energetic and disciplined. With my faith and belief in God, I began," said Palmer.
Palmer has sung at the Apollo Theater in New York, toured the Virgin Islands, appeared on BET's Jazz Discovery and opened for comedian Jackie Mason and musical greats such as Bo Diddley, Spyro Gyra and The Rippingtons.
In January 1996 the Palmers moved to Las Vegas to pursue her career.
"I didn't know anyone. All I had was a voice, energy and commitment," said Palmer.
She was hired to sing New Orleans-style songs at a daily show at the Showboat Hotel Casino.
By June 1996 Showbiz Weekly recognized Palmer as the hardest working woman in show business.
Tired of daily routine and attracted to the Northwest after a visit, the Palmers decided to settle in the Seattle area.
"I really like it here," said Palmer.
She acknowledged that living in New York, Los Angeles or Nashville has its career advantages.
"But now you can live anywhere in world as long as you have the Internet," said Palmer who does her own bookings and promotions.
She has performed for corporate and private clients as well as singing at live performances.
Palmer has her Web page at www.mp3.com/MayPalmer where visitors can hear selections from two of her CDs as well as order them.
Her CD, "Setting the Standards" is available at the Woodinville Barnes and Noble.