Born and raised in New York's East Village, Camellia Hartman's musical upbringing was speckled with a wide array of cultural influences. After studying the Suzuki method on violin, bass and guitar at rock 'n roll day camp, trombone in middle school band, and her high school a cappella group Sweet 'n Low, Camellia began writing her own music, often collaborating with older siblings Odetta and Leon. Camellia has contributed vocals and strings to groups such as Skullcrusher, How Sad, Diamond Doves, Great Caesar, Youth Posse and most recently founded the string ensemble, The Aster Quartet, backing up artists such as Vera Sola and Eric Slick.
Her breakout single on Dala Records, Breathin’ Hard (Over You), took the world by storm and had DJs across the globe begging for more of that “Motown Sound.” Her follow-up single, Return the Favor exuded the warmth and grit of a classic Motown production and showcased Camellia’s playful yet passionate vocals alongside the Northern Soul heartbeat of The Soulful Saints. Her latest single, The Moment Your Eyes Met Mine, sees Camellia and The Saints slowing down the tempo and digging into more of a southern soul sound, reminiscent of the famous Stax Records artists The Charmels or Wendy Rene.