Now Representing – Camilla Kerslake
Models 1 are now representing Camilla Kerslake, a 22 year old classical crossover vocalist. Less than a year after she released the classical BRIT nominated ‘Camilla Kerslake’, Camilla is back with ‘Moments’. “Making this record was like a dream come true for me,” she says of her new album, “We recorded some of it at Abbey Road and I kept waiting for someone to come in and, ‘Hey, you! This is Abbey Road! Get out!’ I feel like that a lot of the time, like someone is going to wake me up from the fantasy, this dream that I’ve been living these last couple of years…”
But, of course, it isn’t a dream. Camilla is only 22 but she’s been preparing for this her whole life. Born in Dulwich, South East London in 1988 aged just one she and her family moved to New Zealand where her primary school education focussed on singing and games and sport. After moving back to London at the age of 9, Camilla’s sole focus was on music.
After recording a demo she made in her bedroom, and £20 borrowed from her mother she bought CD backing tracks and recorded her versions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu and Schubert’s Ave Maria, she visited Gary Barlow’s studio every day for weeks just so she go place a copy in Gary Barlow’s hand. “I could barely afford to travel,” she says, “But I had to do it. He only listened to it because I went every day. I suppose he listened to it so he could say “stop coming!” but he liked it. In December 2008, he signed Camilla to his Future Records label, and her debut album was nominated for Best Album at the 2010 Classical BRIT awards.
After spending last summer staring alongside Nick Jonas as Cosette in Les Miserables, and having performed in front of the queen at Derby Day in front of 140000 people, and for Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, we have no doubt that the future is bright for Camilla Kerslake.