MONROE CITY, Mo. | Spencer Camp remembered playing the harmonica at the age of 11, and he has been “playing with love” ever since. His new album, My Personality, is set for a September 25 release and he has played a consistent string of online concerts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Camp grew up in Monroe City, and moved from the harmonica to the clarinet after about two years. He has played the clarinet since his teenage years, and he picked up the saxophone for a while around that time — beginning to play it officially at the age of 23 — along with the keyboard to perform a blend of smooth jazz, urban contemporary, R& B and gospel music. Camp's musical beginnings were in the church — he's an active musician with Embassy Christian Center — and the self-described “'90's kid” enjoys playing the R& B and adult contemporary music from his childhood.
“I like to mix all of the sounds together,” Camp said.
The songs in the follow up to Camp's first album, Chill Pill, reflect the for the 30-year-old musician's varied inspirations. Two singles have been released so far — “Truth Is” by Fantasia and his original song, “You Are My Love Song” — and he collaborated with producer and Philadelphia jazz guitarist Scott Marvill on the new release. Camp was thrilled when he found out “Truth Is” was included in a Spotify jazz playlist with fellow saxophonists Kenny G and Marcus Anderson.
“This is how my new album is going to be like, it's going to have a little bit of a gospel feel and a little bit of an R& B '90's feel, because I covered a song by TLC called “Waterfalls,” Camp said.
The deadline for My Personality was pushed back due to the coronavirus, and Camp has found physical gigs difficult to play because of the current. Just as he composes and performs almost all of the accompaniment for his songs, he came up with a regular way to perform for music lovers through his Facebook page.
Throughout the week, Camp posts video performances. On Wednesday, he began his rendition of “I Just Wanna Be Loved By You” on clarinet by saying “Hopefully you all are having a blessed week, and I hope this blesses everybody.”
He enjoys playing what he loves during his online concerts, which he starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, taking song requests along the way. And he hasn't forgotten how he got to this stage of his musical journey as he strives to make music performances in the area as popular as they were in past generations.
“It feels really awesome. It's just a gift from God,” Camp said. “I'm just using it to bless people.”
More information about Camp is available by visiting his Facebook page, and his music can be found by searching digital platforms like iTunes, Spotify and YouTube.