We had the good fortune of connecting with Cameron Sankey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cameron, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I can’t say that I chose it; it chose me. I have always been fascinated with music. It always spoke to me. I come from a musical family, from my grandmother, Katie Sankey, to my parents, William Sankey, and the late Sharon Ward Sankey. Music has always been my passion. As I was introduced to more artists and genres of music, I realized that I could turn this passion into my profession.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is music. I have deep ties in jazz, gospel, R&B, with a hint of classical and fusion. One of my strengths is the ability to adapt quickly in any situation. I have the ability to take the audience on a musical journey that is unforgettable. Professionally, I can’t say I made any particular moves that got me here. I have always tried to perfect my skill and maintain good character. I depended on God to open the doors for the opportunities I have experienced. This journey has been filled with disappointment but more highs than lows. I’ve learned you have to trust the process and enjoy the journey.
One lesson that I have learned that I always carry with me is, nothing can replace integrity. Integrity is everything and I pride myself on this standard. Regardless of who you are, if God has given you a talent. He has coupled that talent with an opportunity for it to be shared. It’s up to us to be prepared for the opportunity when it comes.
I want the world to know that your dreams are achievable and it’s so cliche to say but keep God first, acknowledge Him and her will direct your path.
My brand is unique and my music is an experience that takes you on a journey that causes the listeners to reminiscence on a memory or create a new memory.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Birmingham, AL, the Magic City, the stops would include lunch at Half Shell Oyster House, lunch at Green Acres for an order of chicken wings all the way, Tuesday Night swing by Straight Ahead Jazz Jam Session, a must stop is to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Friday night at 88 Piano Bar or Urban Smoke’s Patio Live music sessions, Saturday night at The Perfect Note in Hoover and if you are lucky you may catch a Playworx Music Group experience. You can’t leave Birmingham without going to church at More Than Conquerors Faith Church, where I serve as the Musical Director.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family, they were my first supporters and they were the people who introduced me to music. If it wasn’t for my mom and my dad giving me an opportunity to explore all the different types of music, I’m not sure this passion would have turned into my profession.