Impossibel to tel lwithout being hands-on, but you have an adjustment layer on top of your otehr comps called "Color Grade". that is pretty conspicuous and may nullify anything you do in teh pre-comps in terms of changing colors....
that could be correct. this is a template i'm using and the template has a "color grade" that apperently controls all the colors in the project - but it won't control this text. hmmmm....
Perhaps there's some expression linking involved or a Color text animator applied to the text. Could also be a Fill effect or something on the text pre-comnp. Really impossible to say without seeing it. Just throwing out some ideas here...
Select the text layer precomp (layer 9) and press UU to reveal the properties. Let us know what you see. Layer 9 is a different pre-comp than the edit text comp you're showing in the top screen grab. Open up that comp and look for color controls, fills, or other elements. I'd bet that's where they are.
You can easily see the trail through your project by using the flow chart. I'd bed that the genecology of that text layer is something like this:
!Final_RENDER_Comp --> !Intro_Scene --> !Edit_Intro_Text_01
I would also bet that the intro text layer is used as a track matte for this box:
There's a strong possibility that you only find success changing the color of the text if you open up the !Intro_Scene comp.
If there is nothing you can change in the intro scene comp then check the flow chart and look deeper. If you are still lost post screenshots of each of the nested comps that make up the text layer with all properties revealed (press u key twice) and we will take a look.
... this is a template i'm using and the template has a "color grade" that apperently controls all the colors in the project - but it won't control this text.... i'm a total newb!
Purchasing a template is absolutely, positively NO guarantee of success with After Effects. The people who make templates often assume thaat you already know how to use After Effects.... and newcomers rarely have a clue.
I suggest you begin at the beginning, or be perpetually perplexed by AE.