Cambria Detken
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Cambria Detken

Laguna Niguel, California, United States | SELF

Laguna Niguel, California, United States | SELF
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter





EVENT Nov. 8 at 8 pm WHAT
Laguna Niguel teen Cambria Detken is using her voice to make a difference. After watching the Invisible Children documentary at Sage High School, Cambria knew that her upcoming record release concert and party had to help the children in northern Uganda in a big way. "After seeing that these children absolutely need everybody’s help, I immediately bought my own copy and had my family sit down to watch it," said Cambria. "The film impacted them in the same way and we all decided that we had to find a way to help." Cambria got local band The Bolts to join the act too, and between the $10 ticket sales and Bolts merchandise, Cambria anticipates over $5,000 for the San Diego-based Invisible Children. The non-profit organization works to raise awareness and provide support for the people in northern Uganda, who have suffered through Africa's longest-running war where children have become both the weapons and the victims to a rebel army. With the help of Cambria and her friends, a voice of hope will bring relief to an invisible conflict. To hear a sample of her music, go to
WHEN 8 - 10 pm Saturday, November 8, 2008 WHERE OC Pavilion 801 N. Main St. Santa Ana, CA 92701 WHO Cambria Detken, The Bolts, Invisible Children.
About Invisible Children, Inc. Established in 2005, Invisible Children is a social, political, and global movement using the transformative power of a story to change lives. By inspiring youth culture to value creativity, idealism, and sacrifice, the movement fuels the most effective, adaptable, and innovative programs in the world. Invisible Children, Inc. was formed after the release of the film "Invisible Children: Rough Cut", which documents a war in northern Uganda in which children are abducted by a rebel army and forced to fight as child soldiers. Currently, Invisible Children is putting 740 kids through school and employs more than 250 men and women living in this war-torn region, with plans to see that number grow. These programs on the ground were developed by the people of northern Uganda and seek to improve the quality of life for individuals through quality education, enhanced learning environments and innovative economic opportunities.
- Carolyn Sams

"Local Star Cambria Detken sings in Ellen's Bathroom"

The sun is shining a little brighter this month for 17-year-old local musician Cambria Detken.
Just two weeks ago, she found out she was the winner of The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s Bathroom Concert Series. (Detken is pictured, left, playing for the host, courtesy of Warner Bros.) Following her March 30 appearance on the program, her independently released album Simply Said shot to No. 16 on iTunes’ top albums list.
The Laguna Niguel resident is an avid viewer of the DeGeneres show, and upon hearing about the contest, she uploaded her own playing-in-the-bathroom video to Ellen’s site.
She received a call from producers a few weeks later, letting her know she was a Top 9 finalist. Detken appeared on the show with her family — and was told in front of a live studio audience that she was the winner.
“I think I was mostly excited and not nervous,” she says. “I always wanted to be on that show, and this was so awesome because it was kind of my one-shot kinda thing. I got to go up there and talk to Ellen and I got to sing on the show.”
Detken performed a cover of Howie Day’s “Collide” in the bathroom, a place where DeGeneres often joins her musical guests for a song or two. Past bathroom stars include Katy Perry, Lilly Allen, Jennifer Hudson and John Mayer.
As if just being on stage with Ellen wasn’t enough, the host surprised her with yet another prize: Detken and her family also scored a four-day trip to Cabo San Lucas aboard the Mayercraft Carrier 2, an annual fan cruise hosted by John Mayer.
“I got to meet John and it was so cool,” Detken says. “We got to go on the bridge of the boat, where no one gets to go, and they brought out John, too. He grabbed my guitar and we sang together, and then I sang for him. I was definitely nervous about that, but he was really into the music.”
Now, just a week after the show aired, Detken says she’s getting a lot of messages from people saying, “Hey, I saw you in Ellen’s bathroom!”
“It’s a really random thing to say, but so cool,” she says.
Detken is a junior at Sage Hill School in Newport Coast, and although she has some new-found fame, she says she remains dedicated to her studies.
Since the release of her debut last November, she has performed a few coffeehouse gigs and a sold-out benefit show at the OC Pavilion. She plans on setting up more concerts soon, but notes that soon she will attend the summer music program at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. - Orange County Register


Simply Said Album released 11/11/08
"You & Me" single released 08/31/10
After Hours cover album released 12/10
"You & Me (Dance Remix)"



Cambria Detken is a young singer/songwriter from Southern California who was first seen on the Ellen Degeneres Show in March of 2009 when she won the Ellen Degeneres Bathroom Concert Series Contest - see the footage here -

Cambria also played for John Mayer and sung a duet with him on his cruise, The Mayercraft -

Cambria released her first self-written album, Simply Said, in November of 2008. The album later went to #16 on the iTunes pop chart after her appearance on Ellen. In 2010, Cambria released the single "You & Me" which was later followed by a remix of the song. The following December, Cambria released an album of cover songs called After Hours. It is available for free download here:

The album features friend and fellow musician, Dana Janicki. Together, Cambria and Dana play music together in the duo, Sirens.

Cambria is currently working on songs for her new album.