Camilo Velandia was born on July 5, 1988 to a musical family in Bogota, Colombia. His father, Leonel Velandia, being a musician, began to teach him music at the age of four. Camilo continued his music studies as he grew up and took up the violin in middle school. After studying classical music for several years, he found his true love: the guitar. Pretty soon, he realized he wanted to do nothing else for a living.
Camilo began his jazz studies with a private teacher throughout his high school years and then continued his jazz studies with Tom Lippincott (MDC, FIU) and Mitch Farber (Julio Iglesias, KC & The Sunshine Band). At the same time, he continued to study many recordings and albums from his favorite players, like Scott Henderson, George Benson, Frank Gambale, Chick Corea, and Jonathan Kreisberg, with whom he had the opportunity to study.
Camilo is currently touring with latin christian artist Ricardo Rodriguez and smooth jazz multi-instrumentalist Johnny Holliday. He has opened for major english acts including John Legend, Stephen Marley and the Marley brothers, Sheryl Crow, T-Pain, to latin artists such as Fanny Lu, Elvis Crespo, Eddie Santiago, Angel y Krys, to jazz artists like the Rippingtons and playing in front of audiences of up to 55,000 people. He does recording sessions for many of Miami's top artists and some internationally known artists such as Chayanne, Daniel Rene, and more. Has worked with two-time Grammy-winning producer Randy Barlow (Ricky Martin "Livin' La Vida Loca", J.Lo's "Waiting For Tonight, etc."), grammy nominated producer Carlos DeYarza (Carlos Ponce "Dame Chocolate") and more.
You can find Camilo playing around South Florida with numerous bands, and traveling around countries here and there. He is also on faculty for the Young Musician's Camp at the prestigious University of Miami. To view his full calendar of events, click here.