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It was a Facebook message retrieved at midnight that held the good news that 18-year-old Cameron Baker of Blackfoot had been waiting and hoping to hear...leaving him shocked, excited and unable to sleep!
Baker, a vocalist and recent graduate of Blackfoot High School, learned via Facebook that the audition tape of the original music he had sent to The Complex (a large concert venue in Salt Lake City) landed him and his pianist, Blackfoot High School student Josh Spencer, a gig as one of two opening acts at the Dia Frampton concert in Salt Lake City next Tuesday night.
"It was late - I couldn't sleep so I was looking on Facebook when I got the message with the news," he said. "I was so excited...I had to refrain from yelling and calling Josh and waking everyone up!"
Frampton, a singer with a large fan base in Utah, has become more well-known recently as the runnerup on the reality TV show "The Voice."
Baker said he has been a huge fan of Frampton for years and can't believe he will now not only get to meet her but open for one of her shows before an audience of approximately 800 people.
"The show is selling so well it got moved to the "The Grand" which is the second largest concert hall in the venue," he noted.
Baker said he and Spencer have been performing together since last year when they were in choir together at BHS.
Baker, who has been in choir since the sixth grade and has performed locally through the years, has always dreamed of becoming a pop star and performing for large audiences.
Spencer said he gave up on playing the piano when he was a little boy and picked it back up again just a couple of years ago.
"It's funny how that worked out," he said. "Now here I am and I won't be giving it up again."
Spencer and Baker classify their original work as 'pop music' and both admit they are a little nervous about the big show but very excited about what it could mean for their future as musicians.
"We are super excited and we realize we have a lot of hard work ahead of us," Baker said.
The musical duo and their families will head for Salt Lake early Tuesday morning in plenty of time to get to the venue early for rehearsals and sound checks.
As a performer at the concert, Spencer has discounted tickets available to sell to anyone who would like to go to the show. The concert will be Tuesday at The Complex in Salt Lake City. Spencer is selling tickets for $16 and they are $20 at the door. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket from Spencer can call him at 208-709-9617.
Baker will start school at Westminster College in Salt Lake this fall where he will major in music and secondary education Spencer will be a junior at Blackfoot High School. The two are currently working on a music video and say they will still get together and perform as often as they can around their busy schedules when school starts in the fall.
Baker is the son of Robin and Amber Baker of Blackfoot. Spencer is the son of Ken and Marnie Spencer of Blackfoot.