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“displayed flashes of brilliance” (Baltimore City Paper)
“Evocative no matter how you cut it.” (B Newspaper)
“Beautiful!” (Washington Times)
Cameron Blake was born and raised in Rockford, Michigan. Growing up in rural Michigan meant coping with long, snowy winters and time spent with trees, grass, and creeks. Some might call these his “folk” roots. However, Cameron was also listening to his parents’ records of classical music and secretly plotting to become a classical musician. He fell in love with the violin at the age of 12, practiced countless hours and eventually began performing on numerous stages throughout the United States, including the Lincoln Center in New York City. He graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in 2007, but had become disenchanted with his instruction and the rigors of violin training. Awakened by the freedom of expression in the music of 60s folk troubadours, Cameron quickly taught himself to play the piano and guitar and began a new path as a performing songwriter. He formed a band and has since written over forty original songs and released four full-length albums. His nuanced vocals and soulful lyrics have garnered praise from The Washington Times, Baltimore City Paper, Revue Magazine and Baltimore Magazine where his songs have been described as “refreshingly poetic,” “evocative” and “profound.”
His debut album En Route was selected by Tinderbox Music for a national college radio campaign, receiving heavy airplay and its single ‘On My Way to Jordan’ took 1st place in the folk genre on ourstage.com. The album’s other single ‘Fit Right In’ was set to a music video directed by Baltimore filmmaker Michael Faulkner (The Wire). In 2010, Cameron released two records simultaneously: Hide and Go Seek and Cameron Blake with Strings: LIVE. Called “a rare album that has layers to reward the serious listener,” Hide and Go Seek received overwhelmingly positive reviews for its beautiful, simple melodies and poetic lyrics. His latest album, Without the Sound of Violence, was released in August at the Cranberry Festival in Maine with a standing ovation.
The artistry and charisma of Cameron’s live concerts have enabled him to perform in many of the great folk and rock venues throughout the United States, as well as in Europe. Known for constantly changing the arrangements of his songs in concert, Cameron has collaborated with various musicians from the Peabody Conservatory, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony and many rock, country, and Dixieland performers. He has been featured in numerous radio broadcasts including WYPR Maryland’s NPR station, 89.7 WTMD Baltimore’s Unsigned, WERU in Maine, ‘The Friendly Neighbor Radio Show’ accompanied by local bluegrass musicians in Logan, West Virginia and most recently on television for WZZM 13’s Take 5 & Company.
Cameron was also honored for his contributions to culture and the performing arts as an inductee into the 2012 Rockford Public Schools Hall of Fame in Rockford, Michigan. www.cameronblakemusic.com