Sally Cameron trained as a classical singer from an early age and went on to study both classical and jazz at university in Adelaide.
Joining The Idea of North in February 2007 has given Sally the opportunity to combine two great loves – vocal jazz and a cappella music.
From 2001-2006, as the lead vocalist and compere of The Band of the South Australia Police, Sally sang and played daily in many ensembles including a rock band, concert band, stage band, and small jazz combo and she also led a small vocal group within the band. Her versatility as an instrumentalist has served her well in the world of musical employment. Besides performing she also currently enjoys teaching and adjudicating engagements.
In 1995 and 1996 Sally won the Adelaide Junior Vocal Championship two years running. As an Elder Conservatorium orchestral scholarship student for 1997 and 1998, Sally was able to further her skills as a saxophonist in conjunction with studying vocal jazz performance with the world renowned, Connaitre Miller.
Sally was a founding member of the vocal group 'Pure Harmony' along with Naomi Crellin. They recorded and performed together for ten years until 2002 when Naomi joined TION.
Anagram of your name: Ally romances.
Anything strange about your name? My mother said, "names are one of the only free things in life", so I have four.
Who or what inspired you to sing? I started singing earlier than my first memories and it always felt so natural, so I've pretty much always planned on being a professional musician. Talent and a supportive family has helped.
If you weren't a singer in The Idea of North, what would you be doing? Performing more as a soloist and probably working with animals in some capacity in retirement.
Any on-tour shenanigans you wish to share? Absolutely not.
How do you prepare for a gig? Steam, gentle vocal exercises, listening to some vibey instrumental music.
Top 5 favourite singers: Bobby McFerrin, Dave Matthews, Allen Stone, Eva Cassidy, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Michael Franti, Carmen McRae, Ella Fitzgerald, Stacey Kent, Kurt Elling, Vince Jones, Lior, Jamie Cullum. (Can't count, don't want to).
Top 5 favourite bands: Earth Wind & Fire, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Snarky Puppy, Propellerheads, Dave Matthews Band, Goose, Portishead, Zero 7.
Top 5 favourite albums: Before These Crowded Streets (Dave Matthews Band), Blood Sugar Sex Magic (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Dangerous (Michael Jackson), Live at The Basement (Vince Jones), Room For Squares (John Mayer).
If you could only eat one cuisine for the rest of your life, it would be? Greek.
As someone who started as a fan of TION and is now a part of the group, how would you describe that transition from audience to stage? Trippy at first and then there's a stage where it just switches over and becomes normal. That moment is bitter sweet as it's like a dream come true to be singing with these people, but over time you lose the romance of being so close to people who used to seem "famous" in your eyes.
Favourite types of TION gigs? Small intimate theatres where we are close enough to touch people. We don't, but we could.
Favourite or most memorable TION gig so far? Hey Hey It's Saturday reunion show. So weird meeting those people from my childhood face to face. I felt like we were friends immediately. I'm not sure they felt the same...
What is your pet peeve? That audience member who coughs during a ballad. Yes, I can hear you!
Best part of this job? Travelling.
Worst part of this job? Travelling. And people who cough during ballads.
What were you like in High School? Distracted. I didn't care much for anything but singing and was always trying to muster my way out of other classes, so I could practice and create music.
What do you love about the other TION members? Nay blows me away musically, even after working closely with her for more than 20 years. Nick is a super generous guy with great comedic timing. Andy is possibly the funniest person I know. He is an incredibly supportive friend who is polite and adorable.
Favourite TION tour so far? Amazing Voice Seoul, South Korea 2007; beautiful friendships were born there.
Who does your hair, make-up? Any secrets? Usually I do my own, but have learnt a lot from professionals who've done our hair and make-up for tv and the like. I'd be nowhere without a teasing comb and my ghd hair straightener. My advice is: on stage = double it.
Who would play you as the starring role in the movie of your life? Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Anniston or Charlize Theron....obviously.
Who would you invite to your ideal dinner party? All of my top 5 favourite singers plus John Scofield, James Muller and my best friend Jane - she's a crack-up.
Anything else we should know about you? I was a police officer for 6 years.