Camille Harp

Camille Harp

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Camille Harp is a musical stew of rock, country, blues and folk. With her heartbreaking lyrics and her unique voice, you will quickly become impressed with the soulful sounds of this singer/songwriter.

Biography

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, 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 Camilleon and Taste show a surprisingly mature and distinctive voice.

At age 27, 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.

In the beginning, Camille was armed only with a seven-song acoustic cd recorded at Bell Labs in Norman , Oklahoma . Harp spent the next couple of year's impressing listeners at solo gigs with just her guitar and her voice. Opening shows for fellow musicians around Oklahoma City , Norman and Tulsa is where she got her start. In June of 2002, she hand-picked bassist Warren Field and drummer James Wyrick to join her stage show. With a pocketful of songs, Harp joined Field and Wyrick in the studio in November of 2002 to lay down tracks for a 10-song cd titled Camilleon. Nearly a year later, Harp, Wyrick and Field asked seasoned guitar slinger, Terry “ Buffalo ” Ware to complete their sound. Back in the studio, they recorded a five song EP titled "Like the Rain" which was not released until August of 2005.

In September of 2004, Harp, Field, Wyrick and Ware split ways. Camille now plays acoustic gigs with a musical stew of people including Alan Orebaugh, Tom Young, Daniel Walker and also Terry Ware.

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.


Lyrics

Elvis

Written By: Camille Harp

SITTIN HERE IN MY BEDROOM HEAT
WAITIN FOR YOU TO COME FOR ME
BUT I SMILE BACK AT MY MAN ANYWAYS
THERES NO WAY THAT HE COULD COMPARE
BUT I GUESS THAT ITS NOT REALLY FAIR
TO EVEN BRING HIM INTO THIS GAME

CHORUS:
ELVIS TAKE ME ANYWHERE YOU WANNA GO
A VEGAS SHOW, A SHACK IN TUPELO, YOUR GRACELAND HOME
NOBODYS GOTTA KNOW
ELVIS JUST TAKE ME AWAY FROM HERE
SHOW ME HOW YOU DISAPPEAR

ELVIS I KNOW YOU'RE IN HIDING
WELL I'M NOT GONNA REPORT MY SIGHTING
IM JUST GONNA PRETEND TO LOOK AWAY
I'VE GOT ALL MY BAGS PACKED
WE CAN HOP INTO YOUR CADILLAC
NO HEART ATTACK IS EVER GONNA TAKE YOU AWAY

REPEAT CHORUS

SITTIN HERE IN MY BEDROOM HEAT WAITING FOR YOU TO COME FOR ME
SITTIN HERE IN MY BEDROOM HEAT WAITING FOR YOU TO TCB
SITTIN HERE IN MY BEDROOM HEAT WAITING FOR YOU TO COME FOR ME

Like The Rain

Written By: Camille Harp

I wasn't worried about you baby but I knew that tomorrow we'd still be friends
Maybe we should've just gone on before we both had given in
And I just wanted a little taste of what you had to give
But you had to go home to her and I'm still lyin here

Chorus
And the rain came fallin, fallin down
And the lightning crashed thru the trees
But I did not hear a sound
Cause your body was a blanket over me
And now I fight my hands when you're in reach
Because you're going home to somebody else
And I can't love what I can't keep
Like the rain, you don't belong to me

I'm a non-believer in love, So bitter young to be jaded
Well I've been the woman without any clue now I'm that woman that I hated
You were the chisel that cracked this stone heart but I shall not be tempted
Although I felt I had nothing to lose I'm feeling some consequences

Dirty White Boy

Written By: Camille Harp

I'VE DONE MY TIME
I'VE SPENT NIGHTS CRYIN
THINKIN ABOUT YOU
I WONDERED IF YOU WERE COMIN HOME
I JUST WANTED TO BE ALONE
A TIME OR TWO
NOW IM DOIN MY BEST
TO MAKE GOOD OF THIS MESS
BUT I'M NOT SO SURE
'CAUSE I'M TIRED OF LIVIN LIES
I JUST WANTED TO BE THE WIFE
OF A DIRTY WHITE BOY

I'M GONNA SETTLE FOR THE NEXT BEST THING
A BIG HOUSE AND A DIAMOND RING
IM GOIN ON WITHOUT YOU
THEY SAY MONEY CAN'T BUY ME LOVE
I DON'T CARE 'CAUSE I'VE HAD ENOUGH
MY FEELING IS THROUGH
REPEAT CHORUS

SO NO MORE DIRT ROAD BEER RUNS
IT'S CHAMPAGNE AND COUNTRY CLUBS
BUT NOTHIN IS TRUE
YOU KNOW THAT LOVE THAT HURT SO BAD
IT WAS THE BEST THING I EVER HAD
BUT NOW WE'RE THROUGH
NOW I'VE GOT ALL THAT MONEY CAN BUY
BUT NO LOVE NO PEACE OF MIND
THAT I CAN ENJOY
IM DRINKIN AWAY MY YESTERDAYS
WITH A BROKEN HEART AND A SMILIN FACE
OF MY DIRTY WHITE BOY

Discography

Camilleon-2002
Like The Rain-2005

Set List

A typical set includes about 50% covers and 50% originals. Some covers include:

Me and Bobby McGee: Janis Joplin
Leaving on a Jetplane: Peter, Paul and Mary
Pink Houses: John Mellancamp
She Talks to Angels: Black Crowes
Life By The Drop: Stevie Ray Vaughan
Feel Like Makin' Love: Bad Company
Landslide: Fleetwood Mac
Gold Dust Woman: Fleetwood Mac
Blood and Fire: Indigo Girls
I Will Survive: Gloria Gaynor/Cake
Queen of Hearts: Juice Newton
Ring of Fire: Johnny Cash
Stuck in the Middle: Steeler's Wheel
When Will I Be Loved: Linda Rondstat
Jane Says: Jane's Addiction
Dreams: Fleetwood Mac
Faith: George Michael
I Want You to Want Me: Cheaptrick
Fishin' in the Dark: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
What's Up: 4 Non Blondes
I Don't Have A Heart: Kasey Chambers
Breakdown: Tom Petty
Paper Doll: Rachel Yamagata
Into The Mystic: Van Morrison
Soulshine: Gov't Mule
Love Song: Tesla
The Road's My Middle Name: Bonnie Raitt
Mary Jane's Last Dance: Tom Petty
Papa Come Quick: Bonni