"There are love songs in everyone's life that have special meaning. Especially those we heard when we 'came of age'," explains Clarke. "Well, when coming of age also includes the realization that you are gay, you learn to overlook the fact that every love song has a man singing about a woman (or vice versa) and your experience is from the outside looking in. I often thought, wouldn't it be nice if I could hear love songs from my perspective? So, here they are, tailored by me the singer, for you the listener. May you enjoy this man to man experience, from the Inside Out."
About the Artist
Cam Clarke's career began as a child who spent a lot of time in both the studio and on the stage.
Born in Burbank, California in 1957 and raised Mormon by his parents, Alyce King of The King Sisters, and Robert Clarke, a star of many cult, horror films in the 1950s including "The Hideous Sun Demon," Cam himself was a part of the famous King Family, and has appeared on numerous television specials in the '60s and '70s. Cam's earliest memories in show business are of the many summers he spent in Lake Tahoe with his mother and aunts, (a.k.a. The King Sisters) who were part of the hip, "Rat Pack" era of show business. At age six, after spending many nights in the clubs with his cousins while his mom and aunts were performing, Cam found him self on stage, as well. "It wasn't something I planned on doing - it was more like I went from first grade, to second grade, to being on stage," admits Clarke.
It was a benefit The King Sisters were asked to put together for a Mormon fund-raiser that officially brought the family into the business. Adding the husbands and children to the act was initially nothing more than "a fun idea." This same show was then filmed and sold to ABC as a summer special in 1964. An instant hit, "The King Family" (which 36-member clan included Grandpa, the sisters, the husbands, and their 24 children) enjoyed success on television from 1965-1974.
"We toured during the summer months of my childhood and it was incredible," recalls Clarke. "We played State Fairs all over the country and everywhere we went, we kids took over! It was our own Camelot." However, this self-proclaimed "perfect little Church boy" would have his own share of inner turmoil to deal with. At the age of 23, after serving his two-year Mormon mission in Argentina and battling the Church's idea that his sexuality was "just a phase," Cam came to terms with his homosexuality. It was a typical night at the dinner table with his family. After dinner the conversation turned to the concept of ""unconditional love" - and an unplanned confession by Cam to his family. "What would you do if I told you I were gay?" was his comment, and within moments, his family rushed to him - not with anger and hate, but with love and support. He was one of the lucky ones. "I've heard horror stories by friends and their 'coming out" stories, but my family was fantastic. My father's words will stay with me forever - 'Son, I am so sorry - sorry that you had to go through all of this by yourself.'"
Today, Cam continues his career in the industry as a voice-over actor with such credits as the singing voice of Simba in the recent Disney video hit, "The Lion King II: Simba's Pride", Leonardo in "The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" series, Snoopy from "The Peanuts" and Die Fledermaus on the Comedy Central hit cartoon, "The Tick." Cam's debut solo recording, "Inside Out," a collection of classic love songs sung from a gay perspective, was released on LML Music, May 18, 1999.