Camilla is a unique and talented classical artist. The 27-year-old daughter of a Welsh mother and a Kiwi father was born in Britain but raised in New Zealand.
She kick-started her career at the age of 19 when she set her sights on Gary Barlow’s record label Future Records, and got his much sought-after attention by sending the Take That singer home recordings of Ave Maria and Pie Jesu every single day for six weeks. It was a canny move that paid off, because the moment he heard them, he signed her.
Following this, Camilla sang the national anthem at Wembley Stadium for the football Carling Cup Final and Rugby League Challenge Cup Final, the Rugby League World Cup opening ceremony at the Millennium Stadium, several performances for England Rugby Union at Twickenham Stadium and charitable performances in the presence of the Royal Family at Buckingham palace, Windsor Castle and The Houses of Parliament.
Her distinctively smooth soprano voice and deft ability to hit even the highest notes means it is not hard for Camilla to set herself apart from the increasingly saturated pool of classical crossover artists. It also means that not only is she a Classical Brit Award nominee, but she is also the best-selling English soprano and is one of the go-to artists to perform for the Royal Family.
Following a string of success and sell-out tours with industry greats such as Andrea Bocelli, Camilla was even poised for a career on the West End stage. In 2011 she landed the role of Cosette in Cameron MacIntosh’s 25th anniversary dream cast revival of Les Misérables at the O2 alongside actress Samantha Barks. But, around that time and just three months after her critically second album Moments was released, tragedy struck as her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Camilla put everything on hold to look after her – a choice that was entirely her own.
Thankfully her mother made a gradual recovery and the experience has driven Camilla to dedicate much of her time to raising awareness for the disease and, following an 18-month sabbatical, she began campaigning for the Royal Marsden – which saved her mother’s life – and Breast Cancer Campaign, which funded her care. She has also performed at the Breast Cancer Care fashion show and has headlined the prestigious Inspiration Awards for Women.
Camilla is currently working on her hugely anticipated third album as the kind she has always dreamed of making, and traces her influences back to the strong iconic singers she grew up listening to, such as Kate Bush, Maria Callas and Patsy Cline. She also sees her forthcoming material as a chance to communicate her own story – the ups and the downs – in what is a decidedly more country style than the previous two albums. It is a style, she feels, that her label has allowed to develop organically and one which she believes reflects her truth.