10 to Watch in 2019: Kameron Marlowe

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 30, 2018

As you might expect, things are in full music mode these days for Kameron Marlowe.

“We’ve still got stuff coming in,” he says. “We’re rolling, we’re excited.”

Marlowe — and the guys who play with him — have parlayed his appearances on the recently finished Season 15 of “The Voice” singing competition show into scheduled performances across the country and a Nashville-recorded single that will come out in February.

Being on “The Voice” and making it into the show’s round of 24 meant Marlowe, a 2015 graduate of A.L. Brown High School, came into contact with some of the biggest names in music. He also got a taste of million-dollar production sets and played live before thousands of people and some 9 million television viewers.

But believe it or not, Marlowe wants the new year to be about having audiences know who he is based on his music, while shedding the label of “the guy that was on ‘The Voice.'”

He’ll be doing that in places such as New York and Colorado — in appearances already scheduled for 2019.

You’ll also still find him playing in taverns and pubs in North Carolina cities such as Raleigh, Winston-Salem, little Washington and Wilmington and into neighboring states such as South Carolina and Virginia.

Producers of “The Voice” reached out to him early in 2018 after seeing one of his music videos on Instagram. At the time, Marlowe was working as a parts consultant for a car dealership in Huntersville. Despite some reservations at first about the time commitment, he decided “it’s a shot to do something on TV.”

Through the blind audition in front of celebrity judges Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Levine, amid coaching sessions with Keith Urban and Mariah Carey, and in battle rounds, knockouts and playoffs, Marlowe kept moving on up to his elimination.

Marlowe, a country artist who was singing in church by age 10, says he learned the most not from the show’s coaches but from the artists who were on “The Voice” with him.

He also forged long-lasting friendships with several of those performers and hopes to be hooking up with them for shows in the coming year.

Kameron is the son of Kip and Elizabeth Marlowe of Kannapolis. His grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Marlowe, Steve and Jan Garmon, and Barry and Teresa Eddinger.

— Mark Wineka