jim camacho

jim camacho

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Jim Camacho is one of South Florida’s most renowned singers, songwriters and multi-talented musicians. A tireless troubadour, along with his four piece band, he makes every new initiative an event well worth waiting for.

Biography

One of South Florida’s most renowned singers, songwriters and multi-talented musicians, Jim Camacho’s new album, Beachfront Defeat, marks the latest chapter in a varied and distinguished career. His is a prodigious trajectory, one that encompasses an exceptional array of recordings and concerts, as well as active involvement in theater, film, television, and radio. The recipient of numerous awards – including New Times kudos for "Best Songwriter" and "Best Acoustic Performer” – Camacho has not only been an integral part of the South Florida music scene, but also an emerging talent on the national stage.
Camacho made his initial mark with the Goods, a band that was widely acknowledged as one of the most impressive outfits to emerge from these southernmost realms. The band released five albums throughout the ‘90s, including the iconic rock opera 5 Steps to Getting Signed, which won the prestigious “Album of the Year” honors at the Florida Jammy Awards. The single “I’m Not Average” from their critically acclaimed album Mint reached number one on the Radio & Record chart for WSHE, a major rock station in South Florida, and eventually led to a signing with Blackheart Records (a division of Polygram Records). The Goods album, “Good Things Are Coming” (produced by Tom Dowd) received significant airplay at Rock Radio and was featured in an extraordinary biographical documentary which aired on VH-1.
Continuing to expound upon the engagingly melodic stance he procured with the Goods, Camacho went on to release three highly anticipated solo albums in the new millennium, garnering the Gold Remi award in the Music Video category at the 40th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival for his song titled “Houdini.”
In addition to his individual efforts, Camacho has also contributed to several film soundtracks, including the Grammy nominated, “Tom Dowd & the Language of Music,” Paris Hilton’s “Pledge This,” and “Fatboy,” nominated for “Best Use of Music in a Documentary” accolades at the Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, he reunited with his brother John, with whom he co-founded the Goods, in a new band, Hail Mary. The group’s self-titled debut is also scheduled for a late summertime release.
In recent years, Camacho has also boldly ventured into theatrical realms and specifically, the musical stage. The concert version of his well-received original musical, “Fools’ Paradise,” was previewed in Miami and New York, and a full scale workshop, directed and choreographed by the celebrated artistic wunderkind Jonathan Cerullo, was recently staged before an audience of producers and investors. Camacho’s latest theatrical endeavor, “Guru,” recently had its preview in Miami.
Camacho has toured extensively in recent years, performing with such notable artists as Pearl Jam, Marilyn Manson, The Smithereens, Cracker & Matthew Sweet, in additional to participating in high profile tours by such national acts as John Legend and Alicia Keys. A tireless and talented troubadour, he makes every new initiative an event well worth waiting for.

-Lee Zimmerman

Lyrics

BEACHFRONT DEFEAT

Written By: Jim Camacho

Hate this world and I want to die
Can’t see a thing
with you in my light
I need so much
feel im gonna explode
Feel I’m gonna explode

Can’t make sense can’t decide
you ease my mind
with a bunch of lies
I wanna believe
but my heart sees right
My heart sees right

So let it end, Let me out
I know it won’t be easy but I feel it’ll be better in the end

Oh my God what am I to do
I lost the fight
now I’m losing you
Liars and thieves keep
coming up true
They’re coming up true

So let it end, Let me out
I know it won’t be easy but I feel it’ll be better in the end

When you gonna find
a way to live here
When you gonna find
your way back home
I wanna know
before I go and do
something I’d regret
I know that you keep saying
that it’s all inside my head

Hate this world and I want to die
Can’t see a thing
with you in my light
I need so much
feel I’m gonna explode
With the more I know

So let it end, Let me out
I know it won’t be easy but I feel it’ll be better in the end
So let it end, Let me out
I know it won’t be easy but I feel it’ll be better in the end

Yes in know it’ll be better…
in the end

IS IT ME

Written By: Jim Camacho

Is it me anymore wont you tell me
If I’m losing control would you let me know
If I’m holding too tightly or letting go
Would you let me know
Time will go by and you wish that it wouldn’t
As you face the mirror one more time

A loud siren went off today about noon
And I wondered if you were still in tune
And alive in your heart
Not afraid to carry on
Even if it killed you
Even if it killed you
Time will go by like a fence around perfection
Holding you back
Holding you back

Are you there anymore won’t you show me
Is your happiness now where you wanted to be
Have you lost all your dreams to reality
Are you giving up all that you could be
And I tell you that I want to fly and you hesitate and think
While you do I lose time and the moment
And with the wait my feet may never leave the ground

WHO KNOWS

Written By: Jim Camacho

I WANNA SHAVE MY HEAD AND GO TO BED AND THEN I’LL BE ALLRIGHT
I WANNA DRESS UP LIKE MY MOM AND WALK AROUND TOWN AND THEN I’LL BE ALLRIGHT
I NEED A CHANGE OF AIR AND SOME SPRAY IN MY HAIR
I NEED TO KEEP IT ALL FRESH LIKE I’M WALKING IN A MOVIE
NEED A DIFFERENT LIFE AWAY
WHERE I WON’T BOTHER YOU WITH ME

AND I DON’T KNOW IF I’M HEADED FOR HOME
BUT I CAN’T GO WHERE THERE’S NO ROOM TO GROW
WHO KNOWS… WHO KNOWS… WHO KNOWS

I NEED NOTHING TO DO I WANNA SING TO YOU AND THEN I’LL BE ALLRIGHT
I NEED LIVE THOSE DREAMS THAT LEFT A BAD FEELING IN MY STOMACH
I NEED TO WALK ON ICE AND NEVER THINK TWICE
I NEED TO FOLLOW MY FEELING LIKE A BUG TO A LIGHT
I NEED TO TAKE MY CHANCE TODAY
OR MY LIFE WILL NEVER BE MINE

AND I DON’T KNOW IF I’M HEADED FOR HOME
BUT I CAN’T GO WHERE THERE’S NO ROOM TO GROW
WHO KNOWS… WHO KNOWS… WHO KNOWS

LYING AWAKE YOU’RE NEVER GETTING OFF MY MIND
LYING AWAKE YOU’RE NEVER GETTING OFF MY MIND
FOR A LONG LONG TIME

I WANNA SHAVE MY HEAD AND GO TO BED AND THEN I’LL BE ALLRIGHT
I WANNA LIVE THOSE DREAMS THAT LEFT A BAD FEELING IN MY STOMACH
I WANNA TO WALK ON ICE AND NEVER THINK TWICE
AND FOLLOW MY FEELING LIKE A BUG TO A LIGHT
I NEED TO TAKE MY CHANCE TODAY
OR MY LIFE WILL NEVER BE MINE

AND I DON’T KNOW IF I’M HEADED FOR HOME
BUT I CAN’T GO WHERE THERE’S NO ROOM TO GROW
WHO KNOWS… WHO KNOWS… WHO KNOWS

LONG AGO

Written By: Jim Camacho

I could be gone in the blink of a moment
I won’t be here cause can’t seem to try like I did…a-whoa-oh

Cause, life beats you down and will take all the good parts
Leave you rest but they don’t even work anymore.

I found out long ago…

And it’s so bad being here alone
With the best I never had
I can’t believe it but it takes that to see it
I know… so…

My world could change in the blink of a moment
Life rearranged due to someone’s emotion, again … oh no

Time dumbs you down and tramples your soul
People you love turn away when you need them the most
I found out long ago…

And it’s so bad being here alone
with the best I never had
I can’t believe it
but it takes that to see it
I know

Reach through the darkness and flip the light
Hope against hope that it’ll be alright
‘Cause love is the answer
I can’t believe it
but it takes that to see it
I know…So…

won’t you come here and I’ll take what you’re giving
I’ll beat back emotion … bet on illusion again
that I found out long ago…

And it’s so bad being here alone
with the best I never had
I can’t believe it
but it takes that to see it
I know

Reach thru the darkness and flip the light
Hope against hope that it’ll be alright
Hard to attain what’ll make it right
Lift up your aim, you’ll see the light
Cause love is the answer

VEGAS

Written By: Jim Camacho

My head was spinning
Like a top
The Dog was looking at me waiting for something
Gave him some food
Went for a walk
No were back and he’s still staring
No wait he just stopped

Excuse me Las Vegas
I’m in such pain
Can’t get up for falling down again

Vegas, Las Vegas
I gotta waste away in your arms
Gonna try my luck
Gonna spin the wheel
Yeah those lights are so beautiful

He was a bad man
Yeah he was a thug
In the midst of my transformation he pulled out the rug
Took all my winnings
And he beat me up
And all I did was ask how much his girlfriend cost

Excuse me Mr. Vegas
I’m in such a bind
Can’t get up for falling down this time

Vegas, Las Vegas
Gotta waste away in your arms
Gonna try my luck
Gonna spin the wheel
Those lights are so beautiful

Took my last dollar
Took a spin
You don’t know the shape I’m in
Put all I had
Out on the line
What do ya know
I was a winner this time

Vegas, Las Vegas
Gotta waste away in your arms
Gonna try my luck
Gonna spin the wheel
Those lights are so beautiful

COLORS

Written By: Jim Camacho

Grass green grass
Sky blue sky
Plane silver plane
Car red car
2, 3, 4

Memories of where you been
Memories of who you lost
Colors coming over me
Colors coming over me

Letter grey letter
Screen black screen
Noise white noise
Pain yellow train
2, 3, 4

Memories of where you been
Memories of who you lost
Colors coming over me
I can’t pay the cost
Memories of who you been
Memories of what you’ve lost
Colors coming over me
And I can’t pay the cost
No, no I can’t pay the cost

Green grass
The Blue sky
The white noise
The grey soul

Memories of where you been
Memories of who you lost
Colors coming over me
And I can’t pay the cost
Memories coming over me
Memories of what you lost
Colors come over me
I can’t pay the cost
No, I can’t pay the cost
I can’t pay the cost
2, 3, 4

Discography

1989 – THE GOODS – Play RIP music
1991 - THE GOODS – Too True To Be Good
1992 - THE GOODS – 5 Steps To Getting Signed
1995 - THE GOODS – MINT
1998 - THE GOODS – GOOD THINGS ARE COMING

2001 – JIM CAMACHO - Trouble Doll (EP)
2003 - JIM CAMACHO – HEY HEY*
2005 - JIM CAMACHO – Stalker Songs
2009 - JIM CAMACHO – Beachfront Defeat

Musicals:
2010 - JIM CAMACHO – Fools’ Paradise – a new rock musical about love & war
2010 - JIM CAMACHO – GURU the musical

Set List

Set list varies between 45-75 minutes. Able to do multiple sets if needed or solo acoustic shows with acoustic guitar and/or piano.

1. OPHELIA (solo jim)
2. LONG AGO
3. VEGAS
4. IS IT ME
5. GOTTA GET IT BACK
6. THE OPTIMIST
7. MARIE
8. COWBOY JIM
9. HELLO THE END
10. BIG LITTLE WORLD
11. CALIFORNIA / THUMBNAIL MOON
12. GOOD THINGS ARE COMING

ENCORE
1. COLORS
2. TOO TRUE TO BE GOOD
3. TROUBLE DOLL/URGENT
4. WHO KNOWS
5. CANDY/FUCKED UP
6. HIT ME I’LL HIT U BACK