Camille Nelson, the sister of the renowned cello player, Steven Sharp Nelson of The Piano Guys, is a classically trained violinist and acoustic guitarist. Her genre includes Fingerstyle and Percussive Guitar and Violin. According to her Facebook bio, “Her music is fun and fresh, offering feel-good beats and moving melodies that any audience can easily relate to.”
Her unique pop/rock/folk songwriting style, influenced by artists like U2 and Alanis Morissette, has “evolved to her current style of percussive guitar elements integrated with violin and ethereal vocals.” Her playing style reflects influences from fingerstyle artists Kaki King and Andy Mckee. A few of the artists who have influenced her music are Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan, Sting, Nik Kershaw, and U2.
Camille Nelson is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, and comes from an immensely talented and musically inclined family. She is the youngest of six children. Her father was a violinist, and her mother was a professional opera singer. Both parents had a tremendous influence on Camille’s interest in performing music.
Her debut album, First Words, engineered and produced by Nashville producer, Giles Reaves, was released in 2009 under the independent label known as Dimmi Records. She later earned a publishing contract for more expansive television and film placement. She is currently signed with Stone Angel Music. Her freshman album called Lead Me Home is scheduled to be released on 18 August 2017 and will be available in Desert Book and other related stores. The album is produced by world renowned pianist, Paul Cardall.
Camille recently collaborated with Alex Sharpe (Celtic Woman) to record an awe-inspiring rendition of the beautiful Irish poem “Be Thou My Vision.” The music track, which appears on her new album, was recorded at Stone Angel Music Studios in Salt Lake City, Utah, by Trevor Price. Shane Mickelsen composed the string and vocal arrangements, and the video was recorded in Howth, Ireland.
Much of the music that Camille writes and performs relates to her extensive world travels. She has visited more than 60 countries and speaks German and Italian fluently. She has lived in South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy during and after earning her Bachelor and Master Degree from the University of Utah and her Ph.D. from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She is a college professor teaching MBA courses in management, communication, and leadership. She continues to make music while teaching to help further her goal of motivating and touching people through the power of music.
As well as performing internationally, Camille is also a well-rounded athlete, enjoying biking and skiing, and even earning praise as a competitive runner and triathlete having run over 15 marathons, including the Boston Marathon, Great Wall Marathon, and the Antarctica Marathon.
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