KAMEKO TARNEZ is an American Rock ,Pop, Soul singer. He has collaborated with many icons such as Michael Jackson, Erykah Badu, Toni Braxton, Grace Jones, Vanessa Williams and other artists. KAMEKO's upcoming EP "Tired of Being Broke" will be released 2013 and his double album "Royalty" will be released in summer 2014. KAMEKO also wrote a musical, which is slated for Broadway in late 2015.
KAMEKO partnered with Starbucks, Carver Federal Savings Bank, Rolling Out Magazine, Oscar winning actor Matt Damon and his Godmother Rita Marley (Widow of Bob Marley) in 2011 for his "Tired Of Being Broke Tour". Liberia's President Ellen Sirleaf was the honored guest for the tours opening night on March 19th in Liberia at ATS Stadium. The show was sold out to a crowd of 15,000 people.
KAMEKO started singing professionally at the age of 12, touring night clubs, schools, and amusement parks. In 1994 KAMEKO was the opening Act for Disney Star Raven Symone. In the fall of that year he was offered his first recording contract with Virgin Records and signed a development deal with the label through his managements label Rad Records. In 1995 KAMEKO split with his management before releasing an album. In 1997 KAMEKO moved to New York for a scholarship with the American Music and Dramatic Academy. KAMEKO left the school to star as the "Scarecrow", alongside music Icon Grace Jones, Grammy winner Peabo Bryson, and dance artist CeCe Peniston in the touring revival of the hit Broadway show "The Wiz." After that, KAMEKO toured Italy with Bob Singleton and his group "Golden Gospel Singers" for the "Gospel America Tour" as a featured Singer and dancer. He later recorded a cast album with the group, which sold over 500,000 copies.
In 2000 KAMEKO moved to London and signed a recording deal with "SugerReff/BlakKat" on the Sony Music Label, in 2002 he and the label parted ways. With the support and guidance of Universal Music Group president Monte Lipman, KAMEKO released his first studio album in 2003 entitled "Evalt "(Evolutionary Alternative) on his own label Tarpaul Records. KAMEKO's Music document video was featured on MTV2's show "Advance Warning". The album received rave reviews which lead to KAMEKO's 2006 music collaboration with music legend Micheal Jackson.
Also in 2006, KAMEKO' s "Crazy 4 Your Love" reached No. 1 on the UK Dance Charts (for DJ play list), the song was featured on the hit TV show "Hero". He was then a featured guest performer for the Imagenation’s Revolution Awards Show at The Apollo Theater, honoring platinum selling rap group Dead Prez, Music mogul Damon Dash, and Oscar winner Lee Daniels.
In 2007, KAMEKO was invited to perform alongside Grammy Award winner Erykah Badu and others for a Stevie Wonder music tribute concert in Dallas at The Black Forest Theater. KAMEKO also collaborated With M1 of Dead Prez and Nayrok Udab, youger sister of Erykah Badu on a remix of his single "Tired Of Being Broke". The original version of the song was later used in the Showtime documentary American Drug War: The Last White Hope. In 2008, in an attempt to support Barack Obama's campaign, KAMEKO launched a national tour and was then invited by the presidents team to perform for select inaugural events. In 2009 KAMEKO moved to Paris to start working on his new project and collaborated with Paulo Goude, son of music icon Grace Jones. The two released the single "Never Gonna Get It" in 2010. To represent the continuation of Bob Marley's musical legacy, KAMEKO and the Marley family shot for Essence Magazine at the Marley mansion in 2011. In the summer of 2012 KAMEKO did tour dates throughout Europe.