Like the Rain
Camille Harp crosses musical borders from blues to rock to folk-based pop. It may be hard to categorize, but it's easy to get caught up in the emotion and realism of Harp's writing. Her smoky voice combined with unforgettable songs is quickly drawing listeners into her live shows. Harp grew up in a musical family. Her parents have toured in and around Oklahoma with their band;High Country Outlaw; for more than 20 years. It was through them that Harp caught the fever to perform after joining them onstage in front of large rodeo audiences. As a child Harp would stand in front of the stage and stare at her dad until he invited her up to sing. It was a sign of things to come. At 13 she started playing guitar and at 15 she penned her first song. My parents ran a bar when I was in high school, says Harp. 'I would sneak in and play to people. I would join in on open jams with older musicians just to learn from them. After cutting her teeth on country and rock classics, like Waylon Jennings and ZZ Top, Harp has developed her own style. Saying she is gritty like Melissa Etheridge, rockin' like Janis Joplin or bluesy like Bonnie Raitt may hold some truth, but it's not what Harp's music is all about. Songs like Like the Rain and Elvis show a surprisingly mature and distinctive voice. At age 26 Harp could almost be called a musical veteran. She has fronted a band, worked as a solo performer, written and recorded. Calling music her 'creative outlet' she has a dynamic presence on stage that only comes with experience. Harp's songs continue to touch and inspire a growing audience. Her warm stage presence and knack for self-examination and heartfelt honesty continues to win over audiences. Comparisons may abound, but Harp consistently raises the bar and redefines the boundaries of her music.