|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (November 2009)|
|Birth name||Camilla Kerslake|
|Born||5 August 1988|
|Genres||Classical crossover, operatic pop|
|Labels||Future Records (2010-2012)|
Camilla Kerslake (born 5 August 1988) is an English classical crossover singer from London who has become the first signing to Gary Barlow’s new record label. She released her debut album on 23 November 2009 in the UK.
Camilla was born in Dulwich to a Welsh mother and Kiwi father. The family moved to New Zealand shortly after and lived there until returning to the UK 8 years later. Kerslake prides herself on her English/Welsh/Kiwi roots. After attending Esher College, Kerslake sought singing lessons, but opted to sing contemporary as she could not afford classical training.
In 2008, after years of auditioning, Kerslake won a place in an all-girl pop group. She was initially selected, but was let go soon afterwards owing to their feeling that, at twenty years of age, she was too old. Motivated to try harder, Kerslake started performing in pubs and working men's clubs as well as in an Abba tribute band to finance her own classical singing lessons. She currently dates the captain of the England National Rugby Union Team, Chris Robshaw.
In early 2009, Kerslake learned of a studio where Gary Barlow was recording. She submitted her demo CD every day for six weeks until Barlow finally listened to it. Instantly impressed, Kerslake promptly became Barlow's first signing under his new label, Future Records.
Her first album, Camilla Kerslake, was released 23 November 2009. A song from this album, the Christian hymn "How Can I Keep from Singing?", was featured in a 2009 Waitrose supermarket Christmas advert.
At the 2010 Classical Brit awards Kerslake was nominated for NS&I album of the year and her live performance from the ceremony, with classical boy band Blake and Howard Goodall's Enchanted voices, was chosen to become the first ever charity single release from the awards.
Kerslake sang the United Kingdom national anthem at Wembley Stadium before the 2010 football League Cup final between Manchester United and Aston Villa. As well as Abide with me at the Challenge cup final between Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves in 2010.  Similarly Kerslake regularly provides the pre-match entertainment at Twickenham Stadium, having performed there a total of 6 times, both for international and premiership matches 
Camilla also performed the national anthem for the Queen's arrival at the Epsom Derby in 2010 as well as two charity concert's for the royals, one at Buckingham Palace for Prince Charles and Camilla and two at Windsor castle for Prince Edward.
Following a West End run, Kerslake was forced to pull out of the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Arena under doctor's orders, owing to a throat infection. Katie Hall was selected to replace her. However, luckily for Camilla she was able to fulfill her 02 dreams with two sold out performances with celebrated tenor Andrea Bocelli in November 2012.
Camilla's second album, Moments, was released on 21 March 2011 to critical acclaim.
in June 2011 Kerslake's mother, Dr Deborah Kerslake, was diagnosed with breast cancer and Camilla suspended all non-charitable work commitments until Deborah was given the all clear in August 2012. Kerslake has since become an ambassador for The Royal Marsden cancer charity and Breast cancer campaign.
Music and voice
Kerslake has been described as a coloratura soprano and can reach top B above high C (B6). As seen in "Stars at night" from her first album "Camilla Kerslake" and her live performances of "Canto Della Terra". Camilla has performed as Cosette in London's West End production of Les Misérables, which requires her to sing up to C6 in the number "One Day More."
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- "Profile on Classical Crossover.co.uk" Retrieved 26 November 2009.
- Camilla Kerslake is first signing for Gary Barlow’s Future Records, buzzinpopmusic.co.uk 8 October 2009
- Joseph, Claudia (31 October 2009). "Gary Barlow changed my life, by classical diva Camilla Kerslake". Daily Mail (Swansea).
- "" Retrieved 26 November 2009.
- Waitrose Christmas campaign to promote singer Camilla Kerslake, Guardian, 10 November 2009
- "Biz bites and showbiz snaps". The Sun. 27 February 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
- "UK Top 75 Album Chart" Retrieved 29 November 2009.