Joe Cameron

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OriginKokomo, Indiana
    • Pop music
    • Rock music
    • Country music
    • Comedy
  • Singer
  • musician
  • songwriter
Years active2003–present
Associated actsUn5gettable

Joe Cameron is an American Billboard-charting songwriter, composer, and playwright from Kokomo, Indiana.[1][2] In 2007, he became the first unsigned singer-songwriter to perform on The Ellen Degeneres Show.[1] [3] Cameron was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award in 2020 and 2021.[4]

Early life and education

Cameron grew up in Kokomo, Indiana playing the piano and guitar since childhood.[1] He began writing and recording songs in high school, where he was the lead singer for a rock cover band. He later attended Indiana University, where he continued writing songs, and later graduated in 2001 with degrees in criminal justice and business.[5]


Cameron moved to Los Angeles in 2003 and released his first independent album, In Transit. He won a USA Songwriting Showcase in 2004 and began performing at LA venues such as The Rainbow Room, The Cat Club, The Viper Room, and the Larchmont.[6]

In 2005, Cameron released his 2nd independent album, I’m Stuck with Me, and began touring universities nationally with his touring band.[1]

After sending some music to producer/guitarist Bill Bell (Jason Mraz, Tom Cochrane), Bill invited Cameron to Vancouver to record an EP of original music. In the spring of 2007, the VanCity EP, was released.[7] In December of that same year, Cameron was invited to perform live on The Ellen Degeneres Show.[1] Cameron performed his song "Lucky Day" which was placed in the CBS show Ghost Whisperer shortly after.[1]

In 2009, Cameron and his touring band recorded the Laugh Until We Cry EP at Airtime Studios in Bloomington, IN.[1] During this time, Joe also started writing songs with professional songwriters like Michael Jay (Martika), Preston Brust of LoCash, Phil Barton (Lee Brice), and Kris Bergsnes (Tyler Farr).[1]

After placing songs on The Today Show, The Big Bang Theory, Brooklyn 99, and The Voice (American TV series), Cameron recorded the independent album Encore in 2014.[1]

Since then, Cameron has written songs for Sesame Street, Straight No Chaser (group), Jerome Collins (Warner), and The Rampage from Exile Tribe (AVEX).[8][1] The Rampage's album, Ray of Light, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Albums Chart in Japan on Feb. 2nd, 2022.[9]

Cameron composes music for the Netflix series’ Spycraft (TV series) and Spy Ops.[10]


Cameron founded the comedy boy band Un5gettable with 4 of his friends, which has been performing since 2014.[11] The comedy troupe has written original music and videos, two of which made Funny or Die’s Most Buzz list.[12] The group has released 4 albums of original music, performed live on WGN America,[13] and sold out its stage musical, Un5gettable The Boy Band Musical, two years in a row at the Indianapolis Fringe Festival.[14]

Cameron's play Passing Notes world premiered at the 2016 Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival and went on to win the state and regional AACTFest competitions in 2017.[15] The play went on to win the People's Choice Award for Best Production at the 2017 National AACTFest.[15][16]

Cameron has written various musicals for Un5gettable.[17] His play QAnon the Musical debuted at the 2022 IndyFringe Festival, and satirizes the QAnon conspiracy theory.[18]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Kawashima, Dale (8 January 2019). "Joe Cameron Wins "Best Song" Contest". Songwriter Universe | Songwriting News, Articles & Song Contest.
  2. "Un5gettable to appear at Feinstein's • Current Publishing". 3 July 2022.
  3. "Kokomo prepares for New Year's Eve ball drop". Kokomo Perspective. December 31, 2009.
  4. "HMA Awards".
  5. Brown, Nathan. "Singer-songwriter shoots for 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'". Indiana Daily Student.
  6. "A Good Day Today".
  7. "Libertaria: The Virtual Opera". Libertaria: The Virtual Opera. 19 September 2011.
  8. Milbert, Neil (December 27, 2018). "New Tier grad releases first solo album". The Winnetka Current. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  9. "JPOP TOP HOUR | Big B Radio".
  10. "Kokomo's Joe Cameron Band makes initial cut for TV show". Kokomo Perspective.
  11. "'QAnon: The Musical' at IndyFringe takes a satirical look at the far-right conspiracy movement". WRTV Indianapolis. 24 August 2022.
  12. "Friendzone Official Video". Funny or Die. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  13. "Joe Cameron live on WGN America". Youtube.
  14. "Un5gettable – "Sorry" – Skope Entertainment Inc". Skope.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Kokomo Civic Theatre production lands spot in national competition". Kokomo Tribune. Kokomo Tribune. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  16. Gerber, Carson. "'Passing Notes' chronicles story of newfound love". Kokomo Tribune.
  17. "Un5gettable - It's Time for The Holidays". Band Blurb. 29 November 2016.
  18. "'QAnon the Musical' will bring a 'silly, irreverent take' on conspiracies to IndyFringe". USA TODAY.

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