FIRESIDE: James the Mormon and Camille Nelson


James Brandt Curran is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer, more commonly known by his stage name ‘James The Mormon’. Although he doesn’t make religious music, he believes in being open and true to who you are hence the moniker James The Mormon.

James grew up the son of a diplomat overseas in countries like Russia, China, Taiwan and Uzbekistan. In between assignments, James would spend a year or two in either Virginia or Maryland before returning overseas. James studied at BYUI (Brigham Young University-Idaho) and graduated in 2010. He served as a missionary for the LDS church in Rostov Na Donu, Russia for six months and then finished his Russian speaking mission in Everett, Washington. After two years of missionary service, he returned to Utah where he would soon take off his career as a rapper.

James started his journey by posting videos on his YouTube channel in 2014 which attracted much attention from the Mormon community. He then released ‘I’m Not a Rapper’, after rapping would just be a hobby for him. It would soon after hit number 1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap chart. ‘I’m Not a Rapper’ also went on to reach #1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.


Camille Nelson is a multi-instrumentalist and has been in the music industry for over 9 years, releasing her debut album, First Words with Dimmi Records in 2009. She signed with Stone Angel Music in 2017 and released her second studio album, Lead Me Home in August 2017, which debuted at number 8 on the Classical-Crossover and number 11 on the Classical Billboard charts.

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Camille is the youngest of six musically inclined siblings. Her father was a violist and her mother was an opera singer. She lived in Nashville as a touring singer/songwriter while collaborating with several incredible artists, including David Archuleta; she co-wrote the song, “Spotlight Down” off his newest album.

In addition to family, Camille draws musical and creative inspiration from her travels abroad. She’s visited more than 70 countries, has run marathons on all seven continents and speaks German and Italian. Drawing from a deep respect for and admiration of diverse global cultures, she integrates a uniquely multicultural perspective into songwriting following years living in South Africa, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. She has a Bachelors Degree in Communication and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah, a Masters of Second Language Teaching from Utah State University and a Ph.D in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University.

When she isn’t working as a full-time professor teaching graduate courses in business and leadership, she spends all the time she can with her adorable 25 nieces and nephews.