The band Survivor are ready to move on after the death of their lead singer, Jimi Jamison.
Jamison died on September 1, 2014 leaving the band without a second singer to go along with co-lead Dave Bickler. The two singers had traded spots as the lead singer for the band since 1978 but had both started appearing in the lineup as of 2013.
On Tuesday, Survivor announced that they had hired Cameron Barton, a 21-year-old Nashville singer, as the newest member of the band.
Legendary rock band Survivor is embarking on their next chapter in 2016 with a new member who has seemingly given new life to one of rock ‘n’ roll’s preeminent bands. With 21-year-old Nashville resident Cameron Barton assuming lead vocalist duties, the group will take their trademark arena rock sound to their loyal and devoted fan base.Barton made his own announcement on Twitter:
Barton steps into the role of Jimi Jamison, who passed away in September 2014. Survivor is excited to have Cameron bring his powerhouse vocal style to the band’s live shows. “He’s great,” says the band’s Frankie Sullivan. “After hearing him, I was in Nashville within twenty four hours. I was in the studio with him about a day later. I stayed with him for about four days, and put him through the ringer. He just kept getting better and kept delivering.” Barton’s commitment to getting the job done is something that impresses his bandmate. “He’s a very focused guy. Most musicians aren’t that focused when they are that young. He learned twenty songs in about eight days.”
Sullivan noted that there might be pressure of taking on the role of lead singer in a group with such a historic pedigree, but he says Barton doesn’t seem to be affected by the pressure. “He just wants to do what he does. You get new people in with new ideas, and usually that comes with a different vibe.”
All in all, the band is hoping that 2016 brings more success with their impending tour and planned album, slated for later in the year. “I think it could be a year to remember. He has a great work ethic.”
For those of you who don't know already, I have been named the new lead singer for the band @survivorband. It's an honor to be welcomed— Cameron Barton (@Cameron_Muzic) October 20, 2015
Barton is described on his website as "Fusing iconic classic rock songs with today’s modern country, Cameron brings a new and compelling sound to country music."
Photo: Cameron Barton's Twitter