Camile Velasco was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Hawaii. In 2003, Camile auditioned for the third season of American Idol and finished in the Top Ten out of 80,000 participating contestants, performing live for over 25 million viewers. Shortly after the completion of the competition in 2004, Camile went with her fellow contestants on a sold out National Tour. Camile was signed to Universal/Motown and has worked with notable artists such as Apl (Black Eyed Peas), Pras (Fugees), and Jeru the Damaja.
Camile's debut single is a rendition of the Bob Marley classic, "Guava Jelly"; a collaboration with Grammy Award winning producer, Stephen Marley, recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at Bob Marley’s original home recording studio at 56 Hope Road.
Growing up in Hawaii, Camile was surrounded by both reggae and island music, as well as the “Aloha” culture. A version of Guava Jelly was popularized in Hawaii by the Ka’au Crater Boys in the 1990’s, making this the perfect re-working of the Bob Marley classic; pairing his son Stephen with Hawaii’s own Camile Velasco. Working with Stephen Marley would have been an honor in itself, but recording in Jamaica at Bob Marley’s original home studio was a life changing experience.
Guava Jelly is the debut single from Camile’s upcoming debut solo album Koy. to be released in 2009 on Up Above Records.
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