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TestimonialI have always pride myself in the sound that I produce from my instrument. Throughout my career I have tried so many different mouthpiece and I have to be honest I haven’t found one mouthpiece that is as focused, rich in sound right throughout the instrument as I found with Theo Wanne. I was looking for the sound that the world will remember and Theo Wanne is helping me to achieve that.
BiographyFor majority, the journey of life may be considered tedious, paved with paths of lessons and curves of hardships. While for others, such as Sheldon Palmer, it is one deemed as a paradox; a complex comprising melody, filled with avenues of experiences and wise teachings.
Sheldon Shadrach Palmer was born in April 1, 1987 to a family already engrained in music. During his primary years, in his birth place of Manchester; Jamaica, he was introduced to what would become a music-filled life via his participation in church and community activities. Praise and worship sessions, functions at school and for family members and friends, would become his arena and stomping ground to unleash his musical talent for various instruments. There was however one in particular, his love – the saxophone.
With these endless influences, along with strong family support and the ability to play as often as possible, his talent in the area of music, was able to be honed and nurtured. As he grew older so did his passion for becoming an icon, a mogul in the music industry.
To further coach his talent, Palmer attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts from 2004-2008. Having re-attended his aforementioned college, he also attained an Associate Degree in Popular Music Studies as well a Bachelors of Arts in Music Education by 2014, under great tutorage of Major Joe Williams and Mr. Courtney Fadlin. This experience further propelled his professional journey, which allowed him to seek guidance as well as have the opportunity to play with some of the greats in the reggae musician realm of Jamaica. Individuals such as Nambo Robinson, who adopted Palmer as him own son, Dean Frazer, Jamaica's great Saxophonist and Ibo Cooper, former founding member of the Third World Band and lecturer at the Edna Manley College.
Over the past twelve years, Palmer's passion for music, now merged with the desire for excellence, has allowed thousands of people across the world to experience the beautiful sounds he produces, through his saxophone. The artist has performed on many stages throughout the world, - those of Air Jamaica’s Jazz and Blues, Reggae Sumfest, one love festival, Summer Jam, Rototom Music Festival. just to mention a few.
Palmer’s musical catalogue has also been enlarged as his name blew across the Reggae Industry form his recordings done with world renowned artistes such as Morgan Heritage, Chronixx and the Zinc Fence Redemption band, Toots and the Maytals, Alaine, Assassin aka Agent Sasco, Julian Marley and Ragin Fyah. He has also shared stages with a myriad of other artists such as Jah Cure, Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Sanchez, Christopher Martin, Romaine Virgo and the list can go on and on. Additionally, being a part of one of the biggest tour organized in reggae music which includes four reputable musicians from Jamaica, Damion 'Jr. Gong Marley, Stephen Marley, Morgan Heritage (of which Palmer is a member of) and Taurus Riley all on the road simultaneously; it was another signature moment in the young musician’s career.
His thirst for excellence still remains unquenched as he lives the words of Steve Jobs- "Stay hungry" and as he continues to travel across the world driven by excellence as his passion and music as his mission, he promises to stamp his name all over Jamaica's and International Reggae music with the principal focus on his vision being, Sheldon Palmer, the Iconic Saxophonist.
More About Sheldon Palmer
Baby Lotion - Julian Marley - 2019
Tribute to Ruggs - Morgan Heritage - 2017
Ready for Love - Raging Fyah - 2016
Alpha and Omega - Chronixx - 2014
Q:What does being a musician mean to you?
A:Being the greatest saxophonist has never been the dream, I aspire to be an icon, a mogul and music just happens to be the avenue I’m taking in this journey. Music is a big part of my life, but life is so much more than just music. Venture to be great not only in what you do, but in everything you do.. that’s how you’ll be remembered.
- Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts