Hailing from Washington, DC, Kim Cameron is a recording artist who beats the odds and succeeds in nearly all aspects of the entertainment industry. Her endeavors have lead her to do a little bit of everything from being a radio personality, to being the lead vocals of the dance pop band Side FX. Recently, she even authored a children’s book (but more on that later!)
Although she is not within the typical age group of dance pop starlets (she was born on November 28, 1966), she is a major competitor in the genre. Side FX, which Kim started in 2008, has charted numerous times on Billboard, Mediabase, and CMJ, and has collectively over 4,000,000 YouTube views. Side FX is described as “pop’s fresh edge” on the official website. Their sound is influenced by pop, rock, R&B, and jazz.
Kim was born in Eau’Clair, Wisconsin. Her father, Paul, was a Psychology professor and her mother, Virginia Cameron, was a teacher. Cameron also has two siblings; Kirk Cameron and Karyn Cameron.
Kim’s earliest exposure to music was clarinet lessons in St. Mary’s, MD at the age of six. By the time her family moved to Thousand Oaks, CA Kim’s involvement in the arts had expanded. She played in multiple marching bands, acted plays and musicals such as: Pirates of Penzance, Grease, Lil’ Abner, and King David. She also sang in the Singers choral group, and the Indian Hills Choir in Lincoln, Nebraska. While living in Nebraska, Kim competed in a statewide poetry interpretation competition and took first place. She finished in fourth place in a nationwide speech competition that she participated in.
Kim attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska before transferring to Wichita State University. Kim interned at KAKE-TV in Kansas while she was a student. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Wichita State University in 1988.
She began performing in a cover band in Washington, D.C. in the 90′s. The group played clubs in the area for about ten years. Kim said on the Jim Bohannon show, “I am surprised anyone came out to hear us. We were a bad cover band.” The cover group took a break after one of the member’s father was tragically killed. Kim gave producing a try, but scrapped her first attempt at producing her own album in 2007. Luckily, she was introduced to Marco Delmar from Recording Arts, who re-produced the Contradictions album for Side FX. Contradictions was the first album released by the band in September 2008. The album got placed on American Airline’s In Flight Entertainment. Due to Side FX’s open support of veterans and active duty military, the band also garnered airplay on Great Americans, Hoorah Radio, Mil Bloggers, Pentagon Channel, and VA News to name a few.
Side FX has had great success on social media. Cameron released the music video for “3 Seconds” in Janauary 2012, and saw one million plus views in under a two-month period. By March of that year, she was signed to Huber Entertainment, which is located in Minneapolis. In 2013, her live concert performance made it onto Comcast Xfinity on Demand in many markets nationwide, including Washington, D.C. metro, New England, and Northern California. Time Warner also played it on their Staten Island cable network.
Most recently, Cameron released her first children’s book entitled Seaper Powers (a clever play-on-words with super powers in the sea.) The book, which is mainly garnering attention for its audio version, including a sing-along song, tells the tale of a girl named Emma who discovers she has a special power of communicating with fish. Emma then goes on a magical treasure hunt in the sea.
With no end in sight, Kim Cameron sure proves she has a little super power of her own. Luck may never hurt, but we have a feeling true talent is the driving force behind this accomplished singer, songwriter, entertainer and author.
This article is written by Brandon Hansen.