Camille Sledge is a singer, songwriter, lyricists/MC, and runway model. She currently sings as the lead vocalist for 16-piece big band The Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra in Phoenix, AZ. In 2012, Camille and two business partners developed the 501c3 School of HipHop PHX (SOHH). SOHH is a mentoring and music program which uses hiphop influence to reach underrepresented intercity youth. Whether Sledge is teaching a runway workshop, or giving life through vocal lessons, she finds the fun in every situation. You can tell by her stage presence that she is always in the moment. Living in the present moment is one way Camille describes her movement. From working closely with the youth, and building community relations, she finds peace in her surroundings, all over the world.
Some highlights from Sledge’s career are being named “Best Vocalist” in Phoenix Magazine 2017. She was also blessed to open for The Roots at the Super Bowl Block Party in 2015 with her band Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra (PAO). She currently travels to Europe often to sing Jazz festivals and showcase her talents on stage and with the youth, as a mentor and songstress for over 10 years. Just to name a few of her more recent endeavors; A Jazz Portrait of Earth, Wind and Fire in Copenhagen 2017; Crossroads festival in Amsterdam, NL 2017; WinterJazzFest Copenhagen 2016; Opening for George Clinton and Parliament 2015.
"Sledge is a full tour de force on the stage, whipping her body and voice with every inclination in her spirit to the tribal rhythms brought out by the band." -Java Magazine ; -Demetrius Burns for Java Magazine
"Like her own mother, Sledge reaches out to the world and offers a hand. She shares her voice, not to speak for the world but to speak with the world. To sing in agony and joy, to dance in wonderment and abandonment, but unequivocally to join the cacophony of sound of the miracle called earth."
"Music means a lot of things to different people. In its most raw form it is a reaction to the earth. It is African in root, indigenous in voice and powerful in all of its manifestations. For Sledge, language adds a beautiful dynamic that pushes music into the realm of soul therapy. She is helping liberate the earth from itself in many ways."
-excerpt from Java Magazine article 2015
“Best Female-Fronted Band” -Phoenix New Times (on PAO!)
“Best Live Band” -Yab Yum Music and Arts
Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra (PAO)
First led by the powerful duo of Tony Allen and Fela Kuti, whom are the original inventors of the Afrobeat sound, this 16-piece orchestra stands on the arms of powerful musicians! Camille Sledge is featured with some of Phoenix’s best.
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Phoenix AfroBeat Orchestra's debut album! Please visit them HERE
Phoenix AfroBeat Orchestra's first album! Please visit them HERE