Renowned singer/songwriter and producer Robert Palmer was known for his powerful, soulful voice and for his stylistic explorations, influenced by genres such as soul, funk, jazz, rock, pop, reggae and blues.
Palmer pivoted to a variety of sounds throughout his career, often operating at the vanguard of fashion or perhaps right on the edge of the mainstream.
The latter designation suited the albums he made in the mid 70s, when he played New Orleans funk with assistance from the Meters. Palmer’s Career started to come into focus with the breezy island sounds of “Every Kinda people '' giving him his first American hit, while the pounding arena rock of “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)”, gave him his second.
Palmer received a number of awards throughout his career, including two Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance and an MTV Video Music Award. He was also nominated for the Brit Award for best British Male Solo Artist.
Robert Palmer’s collaborations with Nick Wood go back to the formative days of Syn; after a chance meeting at the opening of Syn’s first Tokyo studio in 1996.
This friendship led to Palmer and Wood co-writing several tracks together, including ‘Say You Will’ and ‘Last Forever’, the former of which featured on artist Silvio Anastacio's solo album. This creative trio also recorded a cover of the Beatles classic, ‘Drive My Car’, which was performed at Palmer’s final concert in Tokyo, 3-months before his untimely death at 54.