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Widad - August 2012

Widad (pronounced “WIH*dod”), weaves folk, rock, rhythm and mysticism into a mixed up cup of spicy tea; a raspy voice that is sometime sweet as bubblegum, some growls thrown in for good measure, a big scoop of longing and pop sensible, Nashville songwriting. Widad has battled some demons. Not the demons of drugs, abuse or self-loathing. Along her travels through musicianship she has had to determine whether to conform to the prosaic formula of the singer-songwriter or prominently display the middle finger of the washed-up “good-ol-days” rocker. Thankfully, she has chosen neither. Instead, she mixes the melancholy mystery of life’s endless questions with the joy and simple pleasure of answers when they are found.

Widad started her career in entertaining as an actor, Camela Kraemer. While traveling the country from job to job as an actor, music kept finding its way to her, songwriting with bands, with other solo songwriters and hitting the open mic scenes in cities like Austin, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She has had music training since she was 6 & vocal training since she was 9, but choosing the life of a musician never hit her until she was singing pop cover songs with a theatre company in 1999. After so much response from her shows she dusted off some songs sitting on the shelf and within 3 months she had a band and was in the studio recording, with a manager soon to follow.

Another three months later, Widad celebrated the release of her first album, "Eve", with a move and a new beginning in Austin, TX. Soon playing a regular gig in Austin, TX, she appeared live on KUT radio and an appearance on the Austin Music Network. Still seeking more experience and exploring her sound she decided to go to Los Angeles, continuing to learn the business of the music industry that was changing very quickly.

Since then, she added the Widad to her name performing for many years as Camela Widad Kraemer. Since her start, Widad has independently released 3 more albums including her most recent, "Before You're Gone". She has performed for large festivals, intimate venues, solo and with her band, performing all over the US and in Britain. She has played the Berkshire Mountain Music Festival, American Music Festival, Susquehanna Folk Music Society, The Crooked Bar/LA, Fat Tuesday, Austin, Songwriter Circles, pubs, coffee houses and bars. She has released four studio albums and one children's home recording.

“A unique voice in music today, her'ss is one that should definitely be heard."
Rebecca Yudenfruend ~ High Sierra Music Festival


Photo Courtesy of James Rasp Photography

Upcoming Dates

Saturday, August 25th, 2012
ZirZamin-Subterranean Music Parlour
90 W. Houston St.
New York New York 10012
US (646) 823-9617

Friday, September 7th, 2012
Simply Well
First Friday Carlisle - With the Band - 7pm
28 S. Pitt St.
Carlisle Pennsylvania 17013

Saturday, October 27th, 2012
My Rural Radio Fall Fest IV
Gate open 10:30am
4069 Vineyard Rd
Stewartstown Pennsylvania 17363
Price: $15

As Reviewed: Chosen as "Hot Up & Comer" of 2010 by the Women's Radio Network!

"Kraemer's musical domain often recalls the classic folk rock/pop traditions of Joni Mitchell and
Judy Collins... "
Jim Price - Pennsylvania Musician

"Oh, her voice! It's like bubblegum one moment and then offers a glint of rasp the next, and all
the while oh-so-captivating!"
Women's Radio Network

"One hallmark of good songs is that they not only stand up to repeat listening, but that the listener
finds something fresh, exciting or inspirational with each new hearing... Camela's songs have that
very magical quality..."
Butch Kara - KZGM Pacifica Radio


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