updated 05/07/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/07/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Country music singer Camille Harrison was making a demo tape in Nashville a few months back when RCA producer and legendary piano man Floyd Cramer stopped the session to proclaim, "She's good, really good." Cramer immediately agreed to produce Harrison's first single, Memphis in May, which was released last month. This may be a breakthrough for the petite (5'2") 19-year-old after three years on the country concert circuit, opening for folks like Waylon Jennings, Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette and Glen Campbell. Born in Nashville, Harrison started performing at age 4, using a floor lamp as a spotlight and a hairbrush as a microphone. "I never dreamed of being anything else but a singer," she says. Encouraged by her mother, Brucene, who had classical piano training, Camille was appearing in country jamborees and fairs by age 14. She studied music at Memphis State University but dropped out to pursue her professional career. Recently she signed a lucrative contract to do radio jingles and TV commercials for an oil company and has already recorded several cuts for her first album, due later this year. Carl Perkins, a granddaddy of rockabilly, is convinced that Harrison has "every qualification it takes to be a star. Let that girl sing, and I predict she'll soon be 'Miss Camille,' just like Dolly Parton is Miss Dolly."