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Meet Cameron Bortz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cameron Bortz.

Hi Cameron, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
My love for music began when my dad forced me to go to a Rock n Roll summer camp because he thought I had something special with my voice and musical ability or because I was a little ADHD brat and he didn’t want to deal with me haha! I remember the first day he dropped me off. I was so shy and standoff-is because I didn’t know what to expect, and I certainly didn’t want to show all those veteran kids up, but I found some insanely talented people and remember leaving after the first day wanting never to leave.

I started off playing music from a very young age. I could listen to a song once and play it back instantly. When I got to high school, I challenged myself to learn as many instruments as possible to the best of my ability. I played everything from Flute, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Clarinet, Saxophone, Piano, Guitar, Bass, etc. I fell in love with being a student of music, not of the genre. I love everything from metal to jazz and folk. All music is precious and should be shared and enjoyed equally.

My love for performance and entertainment grew bigger and bigger. I starred in the Brothers Osbourne’s “Shoot Me Straight” Music video and starred in LoCash’s “I Know Somebody” Music Video. Also, during high school, I did a bunch of acting In movies and music videos. Once it was time for college, I pursued a degree in acting/performance. However, I knew I couldn’t sit still and wait for the opportunity to pass me by, so I dropped out and auditioned to become the lead singer for a Cirque Du Soleil Christmas Show, which performed at the Grand Ole Opry for 3 months. The following year we went on a North American Tour.

After that, I moved out to California for a little bit just before the pandemic (bad move. on my part) but linked up with King Luko (Popp Hunna + Bruno Mars Engineer) and worked on some unreleased tracks. The pandemic made it hard to find a stable income, so I moved back to the motherland, Nashville, and began writing more material and playing shows.

Earlier this year, I released my first single, “Blood Moon’ which has been a fan favorite. It’s the perfect late-night existential drive song. The lyrics touch on deep topics like the concept of Ozymandias and how people spend their lives chasing money and power. The most recent project I’m working on is a 4 song EP that highlights catchy, smooth, and repeatable songs. That’s my short story, and it’s ever-growing as I strive to be one of the greats of musics like Freddie Mercury, Paul McCartney, or Michael Jackson.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a smooth road?
The biggest obstacle I’ve faced is self-doubt. It’s a vicious villain that takes a lifetime to tame. Life has duality, and obstacles make the victory triumphant! Countless times I’ve been in a victorious “this it moment!” and constantly had to remind myself that I was good enough to deserve it. A great quote I like to keep at the front of my mind is, “when you are in your darkest moment, realize you are not at rock bottom. You are a seed that has been planted” it gives a different perspective to obstacles and challenges if life were easy it wouldn’t be fun. Another great quote I’m trying to coin is “boredom is the fatigue or pleasure” if everything is sunshine and rainbow, then it’s nothing. You don’t know what hot is without cold or light without darkness.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Everyone who knows me knows me by my voice. It has a unique timbre, musicality, and range. as far as my music goes, I excel in catchy melodic riffs and grooves. I like music that makes you feel the flow or the progressions; aside from focusing most of my time and energy on music, I’m a good person to have on your team. I love to support others and see their dreams come to fruition. I’m always a front-row fan. I also excel at finding the potential in things most would see any in. I love hustling little business ideas, finding new creative ways to put on a show for people, and doing things intentionally low budget to see how creative we can be and make something people will talk about. Overall, I’m an entrepreneur in the creative arts, focusing on music and performance. My deathbed wish is to say I was one of the great singers/performers/musicians but cheesy enough and a solid friend that people could depend on.

Had we loved to hear about any fond memories you have from growing up?
My favorite childhood memory was probably when I went to Las Vegas with my mom, and she took me to Harrahs Casino, where they had an open karaoke competition, and I blew the house down. I sang We Are The Champions by Queen, and by the end of the performance. I was standing on top of the piano and chanting to the crowd. And people were screaming and singing along on the street outside the casino. It was crazy. They had to call security to calm the situation down.

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