Keke Palmer told OnTheRedCarpet.com that her new "Joyful Noise" is incredibly relatable and she got to "grow up" with her audience.
The comedy-musical centers around a small town in Georgia that's facing hard times, leaving many people counting on their local church choir to lift their spirits. The choir aims to win the National Joyful Noise Competition and they have the singing talents to do just that. However, problems arise when the two instructors, G.G. Sparrow (Dolly Parton) and Vi Rose (Queen Latifah), disagree with each other's methods, creating friction for the group. The friction only increases when Sparrow's grandson Randy Garrity (Jeremy Jordon) shows interest in Rose's daughter Olivia Hill (Keke Palmer).
"The faith aspect of the movie [is what appealed to me]," Palmer told OnTheRedCarpet.com's George Pennacchio. "A lot of people are going through some of the same things the people in the movie are going through, so you're really going to be able to relate. Young girls are going to be able to relate to my character and her relationship with her mother, and I think it'll help them see it from a different perspective."
"You know, as a teenager sometimes, you can be really selfish," Palmer continued. "And this movie, it shows Olivia is going through a lot of understandable things, but she also has to see that her mother is struggling too - I love that. And then coming of age - I get to grow up in this movie with my audience."
Palmer was particularly excited about getting to sing a song by one of her favorite music legends.
"Yes, I get to sing!" Palmer added. "That's so awesome. I get to sing 'Man in the Mirror,' my favorite. One of my favorite artists ever, Michael Jackson. Hopefully I did a good enough rendition!"
Palmer is known for her Nickelodeon show, "True Jackson, VP," in which she stars as a young fashion expert. Palmer has also appeared in films such as "Akeelah and the Bee" and "Cleaner."
Check out the trailer for "Joyful Noise" below.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).