CAMILLE SLEDGE

Camille Sledge is a singer, songwriter, lyricists/MC, and runway model. She currently sings as the lead vocalist for 16-piece big bang The Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra in Phoenix, AZ where she resides. In 2012, Camille and two business partners developed the 501(c) (3) School of HipHop PHX (SOHH). SOHH is a mentoring and music program which uses hip-hop influence to reach inner-city youth.  Whether Sledge is teaching a runway workshop or giving life through vocal lessons, she finds the fun in every situation. You can tell by her stage presence that she is always in the moment. Living in the present moment is one way Camille describes her movement. From working closely with youth and building community relations, she finds peace in her surroundings all over the world. 


Some highlights from Sledge’s career: named “Best Vocalist” in Phoenix Magazine (2017), opened for The Roots at the Super Bowl Block Party in (2015) with her band Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra (PAO), currently travels to Europe to perform in Jazz festivals and showcase her talents on stage and with the youth as a mentor and songstress for over 10 years. More recent endeavors include: A Jazz Portrait of Earth, Wind and Fire, Copenhagen (2017), Crossroads Festival, Amsterdam, NL (2017), WinterJazzFest, Copenhagen (2016), opened for George Clinton and Parliament (2015). 


Sledge is a full tour de force on the stage whipping her body and voice with every inclination in her spirit to the tribal rhythms brought out by the band. 

                                                                                            -Demetrius Burns for Java Magazine 


“Best Female-Fronted Band” -Phoenix New Times (on PAO!)


“Best Live Band” -Yab Yum Music and Arts 


Like her own mother, Sledge reaches out to the world and offers a hand. She shares her voice, not to speak for the world but to speak with the world. To sing in agony and joy, to dance in wonderment and abandonment, but unequivocally to join the cacophony of sound of the miracle called earth.


Music means a lot of things to different people. In its most raw form, it is a reaction to the earth. It is African in root, indigenous in voice, and powerful in all of its manifestations. For Sledge, language adds a beautiful dynamic that pushes music into the realm of soul therapy. She is helping liberate the earth from itself in many ways.

-excerpt from Java Magazine article 2015