“My music is Frank Sinatra on steroids. I’m doing the music from yesteryear but I’m doing it with a lot more energy than Frank would. It’s Big Band with energy,” said Cameron, 2014 nominee for Male Vocalist of the Year by the Georgia Music Awards.
Cameron comes from a long line of musicians. His sister was a concert pianist; his mother sang professionally; his father played piano, harmonica and trumpet and played in the Citadel Military Jazz Band; and his aunt, grandmother and uncle played piano for silent movies.
“I had music all around me,” said Cameron, a Columbia, S.C., native who now lives in Marietta. Cameron began playing drums at age 9.
Cameron’s father loved the Big Band sound. He recalled that as a child, he listened to the legends of the era that his father often played in the home. “(Big Band) is in my blood. I listened to Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey in the house when I was growing up. I grew up with it all around me,” he said.
At age 15 and throughout his mid-30s, Cameron explored his interest in rock, Southern rock and blues.
“The rock-n-roll thing you go into crusty clubs. I was just done with it,” he said.
After his father died in 2006, Cameron was at a crossroads with his music. “My mom was always begging me to try the oldies, Frank Sinatra stuff,” Cameron said.
At her urging, Cameron sent a demo to Peach Drop and was picked to open for Michael Jackson’s brother, Tito Jackson, at the 2011 Peach Drop.
“The rest was history. Ever since then I have been doing gigs,” he said.
“There are so many times in the night when I’m singing, and tears come to my eyes because I’m thinking about my mother and my father. It means so much to me to do this music. This music warms my heart every time I do it. I love doing it,” he said.
Cameron’s showmanship and exceptional talent speaks to his audience.
“It’s beautiful music,” Cameron said. “It’s very easy on the ears. You’re going to get energy, class and a great performance — something you can go home remembering as a great evening. I’m going to bring a great evening to Marietta that night — a beautiful, beautiful evening.”
Bring a picnic and blankets or set up lawn chairs after 4 p.m. (no tarps or tents). Personal tables can be set up in the street on North Park Square after 6 p.m. but not in Glover Park. The free outdoor concert takes place rain or shine at Glover Park, 50 Park Square, Marietta.
To learn more about Cameron, visit dcameronmusic.com.