(The seventh annual GRAMMY Camp, produced by the GRAMMY Foundation from July 9–18, is a residential summer camp for high school students with a focus on providing hands-on instruction about careers in the music industry. For the first time ever, GRAMMY Camp will also be held in New York Aug. 2–8. GRAMMY.com will feature select blog entries from camp participants relating their firsthand experiences from this unique educational opportunity. To apply for GRAMMY Camp in 2012, click here.)
By Allison Spice
July 17 was a momentous day for the participants who had spent the previous nine days at GRAMMY Camp anticipating the final showcase performance at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. As the smoke drifted through the venue, the performers everyone had been waiting to see took the stage.
The 90-minute showcase started with an energetic instrumental piece that set the perfect tone for the show. Christina Jones and Alexandrea Stern performed "1,000 Ways," an upbeat pop/rock song with backup vocals courtesy of Kashish Shamsi. Kroesche's next song, "Almost Always Matters," highlighted his multiple talents as a singer/songwriter.
The showcase provided campers with the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of their peers and a live audience. The Concert Promotion/Production track participants, who were in charge of the logistics of the showcase, kept the production running smoothly and the campers performed as if they knew the show front to back. I have a newfound respect for all of these campers because they put together an entire show with very little help from anyone but each other.
Each performer put their own twist on their song and had their fellow students singing along and the audience pumped. The keyboardists and pianists smiled and performed intricate parts, while the singers and guitarists rocked out front and the drummers kept the beats strong. One thing that stunned me was that the songwriters were actually singing their own songs.
There were a few select songs that stood out to me and are even still stuck in my head — "Is It A Crime" by Elise Go, "Last Night's Dress" by Lena Stein and Christina Jones, "I Love You Dear" by Vicki Pritchard and Bria Kelly, and "Bad Communication" by Layne Putnam and Ben LoPiccolo.
I would see this show over and over again. All of the performers proved to be amazing musicians, composers, engineers, and writers. Everyone came together and put on a wonderful show. Great job to all of those involved!
(Allison Spice is from Trabuco, Calif., and participated in GRAMMY Camp's Music Journalism track.)