When I sat down recently to interview New York-based starlet Cameron Hill, it was difficult to reconcile this outspoken young woman with the playful former elementary school classmate I had once known. Gone were the ribbons and pigtails, and in their place was an obvious confidence and unforced sex appeal, which is ironic, since she pointedly denied seeing herself as sexy.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVEN’T HEARD OF MS. HILL….
….You must be living under a rock. Just ask any New Yorker about the “Pum Pum Song” and they’ll tell you all about Cameron Hill. With a lyrically raunchy first offering on her EP and the Reverbnation Songwriting Competition win under her belt, Cameron Hill is set to follow in the footsteps of other successful Caribbean artistes such as Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.
A MUSICAL AWAKENING
With a background in gymnastics, swimming, and water polo, Cameron Hill (real name Gabrielle Jobity) could have been a professional athlete. With an undergraduate degree in Biology, she could have pursued an academic career. However, Hill explained that the lure of a career in music was too strong to ignore.
“I grew tired of just dreaming”, she said. “I do believe I have what it takes to make it in the music industry. I have talent combined with hard work and consistency. Added to that, I’m a true hustler. I’m not afraid to work hard and put myself out there”.
Despite the fact that her vocal abilities and songwriting skills are obvious, the Trinidad and Tobago-born songstress (who borrowed the name of her hometown as her stage sobriquet) claimed that she discovered she could sing purely by accident.
“I always liked to sing and always enjoyed it. Then at one point I realized I actually sounded okay. I figured out my vocal range and started writing lyrics, and a couple of years later, here I am”.
THE “PUM PUM SONG”
Hill soon discovered that she wasn’t the only one who considered herself to be a competent songwriter. Apparently, so did Reverbnation.com.
Her first single, “The Pum Pum Song”, a lyrically suggestive song about a young woman who pointedly tells her ex that he’ll miss her vagina, was the song that landed her the Reverbnation Songwriting Competition win.
When it was hinted to her that the song could possibly become an anthem for female sexual empowerment, she calmly stated, “It’s just a song. That’s all. I just wrote it on the spur of the moment. When the lyrics came to me, it wasn’t about woman power or anything like that. It wasn’t that serious. It was meant to be funny and entertaining”.
NOT A SEX SYMBOL?
When asked if she was averse to the idea of being placed in the “sex symbol” category like her Caribbean-born predecessors Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, the pretty songstress stated that she wasn’t, but that she doubted she would ever be seen as a sex symbol.
“It may never happen”, she said. “I don’t know how to be sexy. I don’t even know how to be sexy when I’m naked. It’s just not me at all”.
Not sexy? She might just be wrong about that. Have a look at her photographs and decide for yourself. The “Pum Pum Song” video drops this month on MTV.Check out The Dragon's Lexicon.