Aaron Camper has played the background too long; he’s written for and sung with some of today’s biggest stars, but his talent cannot be confined to behind-the-scenes work much longer as he’s poised to breakout and take his space among the stars he’s apprenticed with through the years. Beginning with last year’s Welcome to My World mixtape and the recent release of “Madness”, he’s taking the necessary steps for you to get to know his name, his face and his music. Prepare yourself!
Salisbury, nestled on Maryland’s eastern shore, is where Aaron Camper’s musical spark was ignited. That flickering flame was stoked into an inferno where the careers of many have started–church. Born to a choir director father and gospel singing mother, he was swaddled in spirit and song, developing an appreciation for the marriage of the two. Having his Sundays stretched beyond the limits of a young boy, he found himself sleeping on the various instruments used to support his parents’ burgeoning group and undoubtedly dreaming of the various arrangements he heard orchestrated through the day.
However, his father also diversified his listening tastes, exposing him to Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Parliament Funkadelic, Michael McDonald and others. Little did the younger Camper know he was beginning his apprenticeship in what has been on-the-job training for the moment he’s in at this moment: wrapping up the video for his debut single “Madness.”
A little over two years ago, stepping in front of the camera as a solo artist was the furthest thing from Aaron Camper’s mind, as he planned to make his mark behind the scenes. Those years of watching his father lead the choir and developing his ear for music led Aaron to an affinity not only for lyricism, but arranging–the construction of a song. He’d taken a specific liking to classics such as Earth, Wind & Fire’s “After the Love Has Gone”, Chaka Khan’s “Through the Fire,” and Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart” before learning they all had one thing in common: David Foster.
Having found another master teacher, Camper sharpened his skills and his pen began to earn him a living in the music business. Fortunately for us, his talent is not one to be confined to studio sessions and backing the stars–he’s meant to be a star. Production partner Adam Blackstone finally convinced him of as much in 2010 and many of the songs he planned on shopping to different artists, became the foundation for Welcome to My World, his debut mixtape released on New Year’s Day 2011.
Amassing over 50,000 downloads, the mixtape was an introduction and an affirmation that he was destined for more than he envisioned at the time. Taking cues from the litany of artists he’s worked with, he began to patch together the foundation for not only being a recording artist, but a sustainable and viable brand. Taking advantage of social media outlets and building a team as focused as he is, he released “Madness” over the summer to favorable reviews and is gathering steam towards the release of his first EP featuring JoJo, PJ Morton and a few surprises.
There’s a drive in Aaron Camper that keeps his focus at creating the best songs, the best music he can, without the labels. He won’t allow his creativity to be boxed into a specific genre or sound, he’s never been a fan of limitations, so expect a melodic blend of his influences and to reach the extremes of his imagination. However, don’t expect to catch him standing still; he hasn’t had much time to rest lately. In the interim, visit www.aaroncampermusic.com, “like” his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter (@AARONCamper) to stay current on his rise. If you’re in the New York City area, check him out at Joe’s Pub on September 29th along with Lydia Ceasar.
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