Aftermath Entertainment teen singing sensation, Cam Anthony, recently announced the release of his first full-length conceptual music video, an original rendition of the One Direction song, “If I Could Fly.”The video can be viewed on the DreamWorksTV YouTube channel playlist,“Songs That Stick” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n12n6HX727U. In just four days since being posted, Cam’s “If I Could Fly”video is soaring in the viral world, reaching more than 410,000 fans combined on YouTube and on Cam’s social sites.
“This entire experience has been AMAZING!” said Cam. “I truly appreciate the opportunity to cover and perform One Direction’s “If I Could Fly” because the song means so much for me in a personal way. I feel like it explains my journey and how much I’ve personally sacrificed for my music career. The song says: “I’d give up everything, just ask me to…” and that’s how I feel about my commitment to the success of my career. I’m willing to give 100% of me! This song also has a special meaning because it reminds me of how I feel when I’m away from my family for work…it’s sometimes very difficult. I am so grateful to DreamWorksTV for this opportunity, such a supportive family, my friends, my incredible team and I’m especially blessed to have such amazing fans. The support means the world to me!”
Cam was invited by DreamWorksTV to collaborate on the recording and video project, which is featured on their YouTube channel playlist, “Songs That Stick.” The playlist features: “YouTube’s favorite kid musicians as they cover today’s catchiest songs. “Songs That Stick” features cover videos from more than 30 different artists and has amassed over 80 million views on the 60+ videos.”
“Cam was recommended to us in a group of talented musicians and he instantly stood out from the crowd with his amazing voice and stage presence,” said Matt Levy, DreamWorksTV Producer. “We knew right away that he would be a perfect fit for the channel, which in turn would help him bring his voice and star power to a large audience.”
“We were so thrilled when we received the invitation from DreamWorksTV for Cam to participate on their “Songs That Stick” project, knowing how highly-respected and sought-after that platform is for young, talented singers.” said Toya Hankins, Cam’s manager and owner of Project Producers, LLC. “We were equally as ecstatic about their song choice, which we viewed as the perfect vehicle for Cam to introduce his ‘new’ voice, as his vocal sound and quality have matured over the past several months. We continue to be amazed by Cam’s talents, and are so excited about what his future may hold.”Cam’s original version of “If I Could Fly” was arranged and produced by legendary producer, Rex Rideout (Luther Vandross/Mary J. Blige/Ledisi/KEM/Angie Stone/etc.).
“I’ve worked with some of the best vocalists in music,” said legendary music producer and A&R executive Rideout. “Cam, who is not even 15 years old yet, has the focus, the instinct and most importantly, the emotion of singers who are twice his age. When he sings, he’s not just copying someone else…the soul in his voice is surprisingly authentic. Pretty amazing!!!”
After posting several videos showcasing his natural soulful R&B vocals to his YouTube channel at age 12, Cam was invited to join The Ellen Show for an interview and performance. Shortly after, the exceptionally-talented singer was signed by Dr. Dre’s ‘Aftermath Entertainment’ record label. The now-14-year-old Cam Anthony is currently recording new music for his debut album.
In December, 2015, Cam participated in a YouTube creator/songwriter collaboration event. Cam, along with two songwriters, Rama Duke and Christopher Harrison, created, arranged and performed an original rendition of the classic holiday song, “Silent Night” in a professionally-produced performance video which was featured in a special holiday playlist on the YouTube Kids App.
Cam performed “Change Gonna Come” and “Glory” at the 2015 NAACP National Convention in Philadelphia, alongside some of R&B’s best, including Eric Benét, Eddie Levert, Chrisette Michele and Howard Hewitt. Prior to his performance, he appeared on his first radio interview with Frankie Darcell at WDAS, Philly’s R&B/Classic Soul station. Cam also performed at the 2015 Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Orlando.
Prior to being signed by Aftermath Entertainment in 2014, Cam Anthony generated a great deal of support for his social media videos, including his rendition of “Ain’t No Sunshine” on his Facebook page, which has currently has nearly 7.5M views (click here to view), and his YouTube versions of “Royals” (354k views)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIBKuD4mHqs, “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye” (197k views), “Change Gonna Come” (112k views) and many others.
The level of attention Cam received from his social media videos led to an appearance on “The Ellen Show” in 2014, two performances at the White House for President Barack Obama’s Easter Egg Roll events; and as the opening act for KEM’s ‘What Christmas Means’ Holiday concert with Patti LaBelle & Ron Isley.
A rare talent, Cam is dedicated, focused and passionate about his musical gift, his family and God. Cam’s goals are to share his music with the world and to encourage others his age to follow their dreams and reach for the top, giving the message: “Believe in yourself. Don’t stop going after your dreams. Give it your all, because you get what you put in.”