Kim Cameron (musician)
|Birth name||Kim MacGregor Cameron|
|Born||November 28, 1966|
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, author|
Kim MacGregor Cameron was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on November 28, 1966. Her father, Paul Cameron, was a professor of Psychology, and her mother, Virginia Cameron, was a teacher. She has an older brother, Kirk and a younger sister Karyn. She began her music education in St. Mary's, Maryland, where she learned to play clarinet at the age of six. She went on to perform in several marching bands after she moved to Thousand Oaks, California, where she also performed as the lead actor in the musical The Pirates of Penzance.
After several lead roles in musicals and plays such as Grease, Li'l Abner, and King David, she was selected for the choral group Singers, as well as the Indian Hills Choir in Lincoln, Nebraska. At the same time, she finished first in the state in the Nebraska for Poetry Interpretation at the Nebraska State's Speech competition and fourth in the nation.
She attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for three years, completing her broadcasting major courses before finishing internship in broadcast journalism and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism degree at Wichita State University in 1988.
Cameron began her broadcast career as a radio personality at KHAT-FM, in Lincoln, Nebraska. A year later, she took an internship at KAKE-TV in Wichita, Kansas. She moved to the east coast and began a corporate career developing training and promotional videos for information technology companies. She worked at MCI, as the National Training Manager for several years before moving to Siebel Systems as a Practice Manager.
In the early 1990s, Cameron began performing in a local cover band in Washington, D.C. After 10 years of working the D.C. clubs, the band took a break after the father of one of the band members was murdered.
In 2007, Cameron left her work as a corporate executive to pursue a full-time career in music. She wrote her first song, "Never Forget", about her brother-in-law. After attempting to produce her own album in 2007, she was introduced to Marco Delmar from Recording Arts. The album, Contradictions, was re-produced by Delmar and released September 2008.
Cameron secured placement for three months on American Airlines's inflight entertainment. With one of her songs written about a military man she met on a plane, she became known within the American military community, and her songs were granted airtime on Great Americans, Hooah Radio, Mil Bloggers, VA News and the Pentagon Channel.
Cameron signed a short one-year contract with Realize Records. She released her second album Turning Point in 2010 using both Marco Delmar and Robert Jazayeri as producers. The album had some charting success on Adult Album Alternative and College Music Journal radio stations. She self-financed her first tour, which took her through 20 states in 2010. She received a not-so-favorable article in Smart Money, but later garnered positive performance reviews from music trade publications.
In November 2010, she terminated her relationship with Realize Records and continued to self-publish her original songs. She released her first from her upcoming third album ‘The Blond Side’in September 2010, called 'Sexy Smile'. This was Cameron’s first foray into commercial radio, and she hit #103 on Mediabase in November, staying on the charts for seven weeks. In November 2010, she released her first Christmas original 'My Memories of Christmas' which was aired by 30 Top 40 commercial stations in the first week.
Cameron released 'A Dance' in January 2011, which hit #31 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 in May, 2011. She released 'Paradise' for the Adult Contemporary genre in February 2011. Cameron hit #31 on that chart, and stayed on it for 16 weeks. The year ended with Cameron headlining the Army-Navy Game Gala at the Washington Convention Center and performed the National Anthem for NFL's Washington Redskins on Fedex Field to over 68,000 people in attendance.
In January 2012, Cameron released a music video ‘3 Seconds’ via Youtube[where?] which garnered over 1 million views in less than two months. In March 2012, she was signed to Huber Entertainment-based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The fourth album, 'Spin Me Ever After' was released and the newest music video 'Man I used to Know' received over 2.4 millions YouTube views in just weeks. The year was finished with an international tour and the Universal Conquest Award for Album of the Year.
In 2013, Cameron's live performance concert was placed on Comcast Xfinity onDemand in the Washington, DC metro market, New England, and Northern California. It was also placed on Time Warner's Staten Island cable network. At the same time, the single 'Man I Used to Know' was picked up by 10 stations in the first week. Cameron released two new singles in the spring 'Not into You' and 'A Little Bit in Love' for her 'Still Spinning' EP.
In July, producer/remixer Mike Rizzo remixed the single 'Not Into You' which not only charted on Mediabase within the first two weeks, but hit #8 on the DJ Times National chart and the Top 20 on Billboard's Dance Club chart.
Continuing with the success of the single, on 11/12/13, 'Now You're Mine' made its way to #1 on King of Spins.
In 2014, Cameron released her next hit called 'Let's Fall in Love,' which was picked up by the Top 40 stations in San Francisco, Palm Springs, Panama City, and Las Vegas after her video attracted 300,000 views.
Since 2013, Cameron has written three children's books as part of the Seaper Powers series. The books are available in hard copy, eBook, and Audio book (including original scoring). Cameron continues to travel across the country as part of the series' national book tour/puppet show.
Seaper Powers book series:
- 2018 Winner American Songwriting Award (Dancing in the Dark) 
- 2018 Global Music Awards - Silver Medal (Share My Pillow)
- 2018 Madrid Film Awards Selected for Best Cinematography (Spin Me Ever After) 
- 2018 Best Recording Indie Music Channel (Dancing in the Dark Bimbo Jones Remix) 
- 2018 Clouzine Best Dance Song (Dancing in the Dark
- 2018 International Independent Film Awards Silver Winner (Dancing in the Dark) 
- 2017 Best Music Video – Wanna Go Switzerland International Film Festival
- 2017 Silver Medal Best Dance Song 'Moon on the Water' 
- 2016 Top 20 Chart 'Moon on the Water' 
- 2016 'But You' on the Mediabase Top 30 chart 
- 2012 Universal Conquest Award – Album of the Year, Spin Me Ever After
- 2011 named in the top 100 live unsigned acts in the nation by Music Connection magazine
- Contradictions Album (2008)
- Turning Point Album (2010)
- The Blond Side (2011) Produced by Richie Cannata of JLo and Billy Joel
- Spin Me Ever After (2012)
- Still Spinning (2013)
- No Regrets (2015)
- Naturally Yours (2016)
- Entwined (2017)
- Greatest Hits (2018)
- Let's Fall in Love (Released 2014)
- Now You're Mine (Released 2014)
- "Timeless Magic Spotlight: The Success Story of Kim Cameron and Side FX | Musicperk - Trending news, analysis, reviews, ratings and exclusive content for music". Musicperk. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
- Duque, Pamela (2010). "Side FX band helps U.S. military veterans take the edge off". The Miami Herald. Frank B. Shutts (April 18, 2010): 14.
- MORE Magazine 287 Secrets of Reinventing Your Life: Big and Small Ways to ... Books.google.com. 2011-09-13. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
- Duque, Pamela (April 18, 2010). "Side FX band helps U.S. military veterans take the edge off" (PDF). The Miami Herald. p. 14. Archived from the original on April 18, 2010.
- Parmar, Neil (2010-06-13). "SmartMoney: Middle Age Crazy? It'll Cost to Do Your Thing". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
- "Music - Side FX Band - Crash Mansion, New York City, NY (6.24.10)". 411mania.com. 2010-06-28. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
- "Video: Live Performance on WXJM from Side FX ~ Frequency". Frequency.com. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
- Larry Albert (2011-12-24). "Kim Cameron of Side FX". Pollstar. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
- "3 seconds video".
- "Man I used to Know video".
- GaoSalad. "Universal Conquest Awards". Taking Over The Universe. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
- "Catch Kim Cameron's Side FX Concert on Comcast". The Georgetown Dish. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
- "PDF: Hot Dance Club Play" (PDF). Billboard.com. Retrieved 2013-10-12.
- "Dance Club Songs". Billboard.com.com. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
- "Now You're Ours, Kim Cameron!" (PDF). ps22chorus.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
- "Kim Cameron: "Now You're Mine" Side FX Partners" (PDF). kingofspins.com. Retrieved 2014-11-12.
- "Seaper Powers: national book tour" (PDF). SeaperPowers.com. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
- Parents, Were (2013-07-25). "We're Parents!?: Seaper Powers Audio Book". Wereparentsblog.com. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
- "Winner American Songwriting".
- "Global Music Awards".
- "Film Festival International".
- "The Indie Music Channel".
- "SIFF Awards".
- "Global Music Awards".
- "Cash Box Music Charts".
- "Mediabase Chart" (PDF).