ELKHART — Elkhart native and Denver Broncos wide receiver Nathan Palmer wants to be one of the first athletes to be taken seriously as a recording artist, to inspire people through music -- and a Grammy Award would be nice.
Palmer is coming home for a concert Saturday, April 12, that will double as a record release party for his debut EP, “R.I.P. 2 my Heart.” The show marks his first performance in his hometown.
Palmer, who goes by the name Napalm, recorded the six-track album over the past year in Los Angeles, Denver and his current home town of Chicago. He looked to the music of Marvin Gaye, Usher and Chris Brown to set the tone of his album. The songs, Palmer said, are based on a recent relationship he was in.
“It was my way of getting it off my chest, and it’s also a way for people to see a different side of me,” he said. “I want to be able to show men that it’s OK to be hurt. Some guys say a woman is never going to break their heart, but eventually it’s going to happen. I play football and I’m in the NFL, and that’s one of the most masculine things ever, but I’ve had my heart broken.”
Palmer’s concert is part of the Michiana Music Conference at the Northern Indiana Event Center, 21565 Executive Parkway in Elkhart. The show is also a fundraiser for the Napalm Football Camp, a summer program for kids that Palmer started in Elkhart in 2013.
Palmer said he has been tirelessly rehearsing and preparing for the concert with his vocal coach, Darious Lyles.
“When I would do my football workouts at the gym, he would make me sing,” Palmer said. “I’m doing crunches and pushups, and he has me singing each note. That’s something that he learned from Usher’s vocal coach, and we do that three times a week. It’s quite the challenge.”
The concert starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, two days before Palmer’s 25th birthday. Opening for Palmer are Quinton Clarkson, Swade, Corey Ronnell, Stuckeyboy with Ball Team and Mercury. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For $20 in advance, concertgoers will get a ticket to the show and Palmer’s album. The show is an 18 and older event.
Tickets are on sale at Perfect Touch, 612 S. Main St., and LeKres Gallery of Styles, 131 S. Main St. in Elkhart. Tickets are also available by calling (574) 532-9798, (317) 941-6442 or (404) 438-1556.
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