Tristan Palmer was born in Jamaica in 1961 and grew up in West Kingston’s Waltham Park area. His vocal career started to the guitar sounds of Tony Chin. Barely 8 years old, Palmer released his first single “Love Is A Message” with producer Bunny Lee, followed by “A-Class Girl” on the Solidarity Label.
Palmer's career received a major boost when he shared a stage with Bob Marley at a concert for Claudie Massop. Palmer at one point, had nine hit singles on the Jamaican charts, some of which were produced by Jah Thomas. Palmer continued working with Jah Thomas into the 1980's gaining popularity with songs such as: “Water Bubbling”, “Spliff Tail”, “Raving”, “Touch Me”, “Take Me”, and others.
Tristan would later work with Linval Thompson, Tony Robinson, and Sugar Minott. Through the famine relief charity Music project he worked with reggae giants like Mutabaruka, Third World, Steel Pulse, Freddie McGregor. He also collaborated with Dennis Brown, Beenie Man and others and now owns his own studio called Star Creation.