Blending music and comedy, one local artist is dead-serious about building a successful career. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, singer-songwriter Cameron J. Henderson has built an impressive following already, using YouTube as a medium for his genre-blending songs and comedy sketches.
“Not everybody likes everything that I do, but I feel like it gives everybody a better view of who I am as a person, because I do so many different things,” said Henderson, who works under the moniker Cameron J.
Henderson began making music when he was a junior in high school. He participated in choir, but motivation from friends pushed him to start producing his own songs. Good feedback has only made him pursue more.
“I guess the positive response that I get fuels me,” he said.
It’s been about two years since he began uploading on YouTube; he now posts a new video each Wednesday. With more than 9,000 subscribers and 3 million views, he posts content that ranges from love songs to tongue-in-cheek tracks about Pop-Tarts, Pringles and Hamburger Helper.
The music side, however, remains most important to him.“That was my first love, and everything else is just kind of part of me,” Henderson said. “Music is what I’ve been doing the longest, and it’s really where I want to go with my career.”
Although blending many genres, his tunes have roots in R&B and soul. He cited influences like Cee Lo Green, Erykah Badu, Michael Jackson and Outkast’s André 3000.
“I would like to describe my music as eclectic, mainly because I take from so many different things and I’ve branched out to so many different genres,” he said. “I really like to make music that everyone can relate to and respond to.”
His upcoming EP, Starlight, due to drop this summer, is something he’s very excited about, because with the disc, he’s trying something new: working with a live band.
“That’s something that I kind of got into because of the Academy of Contemporary Music that I go to,” he said. “They assign us with bands, so I kind of got into that wanting to have a live band thing.”
It’s also the first time that he’s making pop-rock music, straying a bit from his usual approach. The first single for the project, “Mary Mary,” showcases this.
“I’ve already gotten a greater response than I ever have doing R&B music,” Henderson said. “I don’t think that’s the reason why I started doing pop-rock music — it just turned out that way. People are more responsive to that type of music here.”