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Camile Velasco

Background information
Birth name Ciara-Camile Roque Velasco
Born September 1, 1985
Origin Makati City, Philippines
Genre(s) Pop

Ciara-Camile Roque Velasco (born September 1, 1985), an American , was one of the finalists on the third season of the reality/talent-search television series, American Idol. Image File history File links Camile_Velasco. ... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The City of Makati, or simply Makati, is one of the most important cities in the Philippines in terms of finance and commerce. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... For popular music (music produced commercially rather than art or folk music), see Popular music. ... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The third season of American Idol premiered on January 19, 2004 and continued until May 26, 2004. ... American Idol, is an American television series. ...

Born in Makati City, Philippines, Camile Velasco's family later moved to Haiku, Maui—located in the islands of Hawaii. Prior to American Idol, Velasco was a struggling songwriter/composer who worked at her parents' IHOP Restaurant in Kahului. She has since released a single with Universal/Motown, headlined events in California, Hawaii, and elsewhere, and is currently working with Loudmouth/Uhype to complete an album. The City of Makati, or simply Makati, is one of the most important cities in the Philippines in terms of finance and commerce. ... Haiku-Pauwela is a census-designated place located in Maui County, Hawaii. ... The island of Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727 square miles (1883 km²). Maui is part of the State of HawaiÊ»i and is the largest island in Maui County; the other islands comprising the county being LānaÊ»i, KahoÊ»olawe, and MolokaÊ»i. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The International House of Pancakes or IHOP is a United States-based restaurant chain that specializes in breakfast foods. ... Kahului is the largest town on the Hawaiian island of Maui and is located along the north shore of central Maui. ... Universal Music Group (UMG), formerly MCA Music Entertainment Group, is the largest business group and family of record labels in the record industry. ... Motown Records, Inc. ...


American Idol 3 Contestant

In 2003, Velasco auditioned for American Idol in Honolulu, Oahu and was unanimously accepted by the judges for her rendition of the chorus and bridge of Ready or Not—a Delfonics-sampled classic by the Fugees. Simon Cowell remarked that “you’re actually very good,” assuring Velasco that she had “no need to be nervous.” Randy Jackson added that, “I love the sound of your voice. I love the kind of dark kinda quality of it.” Finally, Paula Abdul stated that “you have a real interesting tone. You’re a beautiful, beautiful girl.” She encouraged Velasco not to be afraid to “let go” and to “know and own the fact that you’re really good.” 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Honolulu as seen from the International Space Station Honolulu is the largest city and the capital of the U.S. state of Hawai‘i. ... OÊ»ahu (usually Oahu outside Hawaiian and Hawaiian English), the Gathering Place, is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands and most populous island in the State of Hawaii. ... The Delfonics were a quintessential Philadelphia soul singing group, most popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... The Fugees are an American music group, most popular during the mid-1990s, whose repitoire includes primarily hip hop, with elements of soul, and Carribean music (particularly reggae). ... Simon Philip Cowell (born October 7, 1959) is an English artist and repertoire (A&R) executive for Sony BMG in the UK, but is best known as a judge on the television programs Pop Idol, The X Factor, American Idol and Britains Got Talent. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

In the Hollywood round, Velasco sang several songs solo and performed You Can’t Hurry Love in a group. She was eventually advanced to the Top 32, in the second group of semifinalists. After her stirring performance of Brian McKnight’s One Last Cry, Simon Cowell stated that “you are probably the best out of the group tonight.” Before she left the stage, Randy Jackson requested that she infuse more of her hip-hop style into her next performance, and Velasco jovially replied, “I’ll do it, baby." Brian McKnight on the cover of his 2005 album Gemini Brian McKnight (born June 5, 1969 in Buffalo, New York) is a Grammy nominated American singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and one of the prominent singers of his years, specializing in pop and R&B. He is a multi-instrumentalist and... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ...

At the results show, Velasco emerged as the top vote-getter in her group, just as Cowell had predicted, and she shed actual tears as she performed a reprise of One Last Cry. Velasco quickly became the pride of Hawaii, and small-town Maui in particular, causing the islands to vote exponentially more than in previous years. Her return home before the finals was deeply emotional, as she was showered with support and physically covered with colorful leis. Woman wearing a lei and making the shaka sign Lei is a Hawaiian word for a garland or wreath. ...

On American Idol, Velasco’s trademark was a red, yellow and green Rasta wristband, which she continually wore on her left wrist as a good luck charm and as a homage to the reggae movement (and her idols, Lauryn Hill and Bob Marley, in particular). According to her, the three colors represented peace, happiness, and unity, respectively. Velasco also wore the 3rd Eye Vision logo of the Hieroglyphics, a San Francisco Bay Area hip-hop crew, on several occasions, reflecting her love of the music and culture. In the media, Velasco became known for wearing self-designed apparel, and for being consistently unafraid to express her unique interests, conscious outlook, and sensitive ideology. Rasta hairstyle Rastafarianism is a religious movement that believes in the divinity of former emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Lauryn Noel Hill (born May 25, 1975 in South Orange, New Jersey), is an eight-time Grammy award winning musician, and record producer. ... Robert Nesta Marley, OM (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... 3rd Eye Vision is the debut album of Oakland, California-based, underground hip hop collective, Hieroglyphics. ... The Hieroglyphics (also known as the Hieroglyphics Imperium) is a hip hop collective based in Oakland, California. ... USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ...

Vocally, Velasco was quickly classified as being hip-hop—a culture and style she certainly identified with (but was not limited to). In the competition, she was even likened to her inspiration, Lauryn Hill, one of the most influential women in hip-hop—a comparison that nearly brought Velasco to tears. In the Top 12 finals, however, she sang Son of a Preacherman, Desperado, For Once in My Life, and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" in her own personal style, without consciously applying a particular genre to her performances. Lauryn Noel Hill (born May 25, 1975 in South Orange, New Jersey), is an eight-time Grammy award winning musician, and record producer. ... Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is a ballad performed by musician Elton John. ...

Leaving American Idol

On April 7, 2004, however, Camile Velasco was eliminated from American Idol. She and Jasmine Trias, fellow Filipino-American from Hawaii, had received the fewest votes during Elton John week, and were asked to perform one last time before Ryan Seacrest revealed the night’s results. Mostly due to increasingly harsh criticism from the judges, Velasco seemed to anticipate her departure. As a result, she became the first contestant to alter the lyrics of her song impromptu, substituting “the blues” with “I love you,” as she pointed to her fans in the audience and her fellow contestants, and replacing “back to the howling old owl in the woods” with “back to the island of Maui, at home.” Velasco kept her composure as her name was announced, but began to cry during her dedication video. As the show ended, the remaining finalists were quick to encircle her in a tight embrace. For the album, see Jasmine Trias (album) Jasmine Soriano Trias (born November 3, 1986) is an American singer and entertainer who was the third place finalist on the third season of American Idol due in part to tremendous call-in support from her native state of Hawaii (source: *USA TODAY). ... The Filipino American (Fil-Am for short) community is the second largest Asian American group in the United States, following the Chinese community and the largest Southeast Asian American group. ... Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE[1][2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is an English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Ryan John Seacrest (born December 24, 1974) is an American three-time game show host, radio and television personality, most famous as the host of the reality-television talent-search series American Idol. ...

Despite her departure from the show, Velasco’s fanbase continued to support her. She was inundated by gifts and letters, even months after leaving the show. Since Idol, Velasco has gained a reputation for engaging her fans, and patiently meeting with crowds of people, to the occasional dismay of the employees and management at certain venues. Velasco’s motto, however is “love life” and she has consistently taken an appreciative, laid-back approach to each public event.

Although she received criticism from the judges during the show’s finals, Velasco’s track on the American Idol Season 3 CD, Until You Come Back to Me, was praised by music reviewers in New York and LA, and identified as the best track on the album by several major publications. It seemed to highlight her potential as a recording artist.

When Velasco’s friend, Fantasia Barrino, won the competition, the Top 10 of American Idol 3 began to prepare for a US tour, sponsored by Pop Tarts, which would consist of more than fifty shows across the country, and a few overseas. On the tour, Velasco sang Ex Factor, partially as a tribute to Lauryn Hill, and inserted a self-written verse called Destiny in her performances at later shows. She also sang solo during group covers of When Doves Cry, Heartburn, Crazy in Love, and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. Velasco later reflected that the tour was an amazing experience, and it had raised her confidence immensely. This article is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Frosted Strawberry Pop-Tarts Box of Pop-Tarts Pop-Tarts are a flat rectangular toaster pastry approximately 3 in (75 mm) by 4. ...

After American Idol, Velasco returned to her homeland of the Philippines to perform at a Christmas concert with Martin Nievera, a veteran in Filipino music. She also met with family, made numerous television appearances, and performed with South Border, Billy Crawford, and several other local and international stars. Back in the US, Velasco settled in Los Angeles, California, and began to work in the studio, and study music and writing at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood. Billy Joe Crawford (May 16, 1982-) is a Filipino musician and actor. ...

Solo Career

In 2005, Velasco headlined a variety of gigs after signing with Motown Records. In the first half of the year, she sung at the Pro Bowl Concert in Hawaii, the Yeah Baby Expo in Anaheim, the National Anthem in Phoenix and San Diego and a two-date concert for the 50th State Fair in Hawaii. She also made multiple appearances on American Idol and the Gen Ex LA Fashion Week. Once her first single "Hanging On" was released, she became a greater demand for the Filipino-American music scene. This lead to several concerts in the Bay Area including the two-date Fil-Am Unity Jam: A Night with Camile Velasco, Jam Sessions and Lumpiapalooza 2, and with Gary Valenciano and IBU in Chicago. One of her more notable television appearances was a live performance on the TFC series World Musikahan with host Ryan Cayabyab that aired in October. She also got her first spot on a magazine cover for the Arizona Republic's Yes magazine.

In 2006, she left Motown Records and continued to perform around the US. A New York concert in January was a rare stop for Camile, who usually gets booked for the West Coast. At a press conference while in New York, she announced that she will join Filipino band Aegis' US tour, with stops in Los Angeles, San Jose, San Diego and Jersey City. Velasco also made appearances on Idol Tonight and American Idol and maintained her excitement to perform in Hawaii and did so almost each month of the year. When she decided to reveal one of her songs in the making on her MySpace titled "Da Da Da", it was met with a positive response from fans. In July, she took part in the Black Eyed Peas video "Bebot". In September alone, a two-day concert and birthday celebration for her and her manager took place on August 31 in San Jose and Las Vegas on September 1, she was featured at the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture in San Pedro, CA, was interviewed on LA TV and performed in Maui with fellow alumni Jasmine Trias. At the end of the year, she held a concert with IBU in Las Vegas and briefly returned to the Philippines for a concert with apl.de.ap. Motown Records, Inc. ... MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos. ... The Black Eyed Peas are an American hip-hop (musical styles crossover rap/hip hop and alternative rap/hip hop) group from Los Angeles, California, who have enjoyed international pop success. ... ... . The initial letter is shown capitalized due to technical restrictions. ...

Camile is currently working with more producers to complete the album and has control over most of the songwriting. She's working on an urban, hip-hop, R&B and jazz influenced sound to showcase her musical variety. She kicks off 2007 with a February performance in Hawaii and signing to a label that she has not revealed yet.

Songs Performed on American Idol (Televised)

  • Ready or Not - Audition
  • One Last Cry - Semifinals, 2nd Group
  • Son of a Preacherman - Soul Week
  • Desperado - Country Week
  • For Once in my Life - Motown Week
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John Week

Songs Performed in the Philippines

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Ain't No Mountain High Enough
  • You Remind Me (with South Border)
  • Ex Factor
  • Christmas Love (with Martin Nievera)
  • Sway (with Martin Nievera)
  • One Last Cry
  • Until You Come Back To Me


  • American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics - Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)
  • Hangin' On (Universal/Motown) - Single, Writing Credit
  • Hangin' On Remix feat. Pras (Universal/Motown) - Unreleased, Writing Credit

Past Projects / Songs in Production

  • In These Dreams
  • If I Could Do It Over Again (unofficial title)
  • Collaboration with Jeru the Damaja
  • Collaboration with Apl.de.ap
  • Da Da Da (on her Myspace)
  • Eyes of Pain (on her Myspace)
  • Belong
  • Hangin' On

External links

  • Camile's MySpace
  • Camile Velasco OnlineFansite
  • CamileVelasco.TK New - includes free blog,chat,gallery and forum.
  • Team PI:Camile Velasco Site
  • Camile's IDF Forum
  • CamileVelasco Yahoo! Group
  • American Idol 3 Profile
  • Camile Velasco Street Team
  • Camile's Frapper

  Results from FactBites:
Honolulu Star-Bulletin Features (629 words)
Camile Velasco is a shy kid at heart, her mother says, but displays a completely different personality onstage.
Velasco arrived in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon and was awakened by the show's publicist Thursday morning to start her rounds of media interviews.
Camile Velasco is surrounded by the contestants who will join her in the next group of eight to perform on "American Idol." Clockwise from top, the other contestants are Matthew Rodgers, Jesus Roman, Marisa Joy Cloverdale, Briana Ramirez-Rial, Noel Roman, Lisa Leuschner and Kara Master.
Camile Velasco - definition of Camile Velasco in Encyclopedia (246 words)
Camile Velasco (born September 1, 1985) is an American singer, one of the finalists on the third season of the reality/talent-search television series American Idol.
Born in the Philippines, Velasco later became a resident of Haiku, Hawaii on the island of Maui.
Velasco's trademark was the green, red, and yellow wristband, called the Rasta wristband, that she wore on her left wrist.
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