DELPHOS — Every Sunday is a concert for Cameron Jones, and the Delphos Jefferson High School sophomore is the star each week.
“My grandpa and grandma come over, and I play and sing for the family,” the young guitarist said. “They love to hear me play.”
Playing for an audience has definitely paid off. Cameron was the 2012 Ohio Has Talent winner. He auditioned and was among 20 invited to complete. Playing and singing Joe Bonamassa’s “Woke Up Dreaming,” Cameron took home the top $500 prize and used the money to buy a new Gibson Les Paul guitar.
“There were a lot of really good people there. I just went and did my best,” he said. “I just smiled a lot when I won.”
Cameron, who says he is only nervous until he starts performing, was one of two selected from the group to participate in the Ohio Idol contest.
The blues and rock musician plays the electric and acoustic guitar. He’s been playing for five years, deciding after watching the television show “Drake and Josh.” One of the characters played the guitar, so Cameron decided he would, too. He got a guitar for Christmas and began lessons with Jim Goare a year later.
“I liked it right away,” he said. “I practiced a lot and got decent at it. I just enjoy the way I feel when I am playing.”
Cameron plays in the band Minor Blues. The group performs locally every few months at the Twist and Shout in Lima. When he is not practicing with the band, Cameron is home practicing. He spends about five hours a day playing.
“I just love to learn new ways to play,” he said. “And how to get different tones out of the guitar.”
Just about everyone in Cameron’s family is musical. His grandfather plays the accordion and sometimes joins Cameron on Sundays. His grandmother plays piano.
“I grew up around music,” he said. “I just love it. I always loved music class in elementary school.”
Cameron’s performances, including at Ohio Has Talent, can be found on YouTube. His videos have thousands of views, and he hopes the same people someday will buy his music.
He is a regular performer at the Delphos Talent Show. The elementary contestants love when he takes the stage.
“They always scream,” he said. “I like getting reaction from the audience.”
Cameron wants to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston and professionally play guitar and write songs.
“I hope to find some band mates in college,” he said. “And try to write my own music and hopefully go somewhere with it. …It will be a lot of hard work, but I want to make this my job.”