Artist of the day: Leeryck
From the moment 5-year-old Tia Camble sang Whitney Houston’s Greatest Love of All in front of her first audience at pre-school graduation, she knew she had something special to share with the world.
Fast-forward down a road dotted with struggle, self-realization, maturity, relationships and dedication and you find Camble, 28, singing under the stage name of Leeryck (pronounced Lyric) with a newfound pride.
Camble, who is gay, says she struggled with the idea of masking her true self to make it further in the music business. She offers songs that reflect all of those experiences.
“I told myself that when I was on stage that I could be that person and when I’m by myself then I’ll be myself,” Camble said. “But I couldn’t sell my soul and that’s what it came down to.”
When she holds the release party for her locally-produced album Saturday night at Whiskey Park North in Tampa, Camble’s music will be a testament to her perseverance. Doors open at 8 p.m. and admission is free before 10 p.m. and $10 after.