Wherever You Will Go
American guitarist and songwriter Aaron Kamin is famous as the founding member of the Los Angeles-based rock band The Calling along with lead vocalist Alex Band. Founded in 1999, the group attained worldwide popularity thanks to the debut album “Camino Palmero” (2001) and the hit single “Wherever You Will Go.” After the second album “Two” (2004), the group took an indefinite break, with Kamin continuing to explore his writing talents for local bands in Los Angeles.
Childhood and Family:
Aaron Kamm Kamin was born on August 10, 1977, in Los Angeles County, California. He is the son of a teacher and an attorney and attended high school in the San Fernando Valley. He is a Jewish.
In 1999, lead guitarist Aaron Kamin founded the rock band The Calling in his family's garage with vocalist Alex Band. At the time, he was dating Band's sister. By 2001, guitarist Sean Woolstenhulme, bassist Billy Mohler and drummer Nate Wood had been added to the line ups. The later three would leave the group in 2002 due to financial reasons.
The group's debut album, “Camino Palmero,” was released on June 10, 2001 on RCA. Produced by Marc Tanner, the album reached No. 6 in the United States, No. 2 in the United Kingdom and No. 1 in both Italy and Mexico, where the album received 9x Platinum and 1x Diamond plus 3x Platinum, respectively. The first single “Wherever You Will Go” peaked at No. 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 and topped Billboard's Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks for over 20 weeks. It was also a Top 10 hit in several countries, including the UK, (#3), Swiss (#7), New Zealand (#1), Norway (#4), Italy (#1), France (#7) and Australian (#5). The popularity of the song was verified when it was used in advertisements to promote the debut of “Star Trek: Enterprise” and in the second episode of season 1of The CW hit show “Smallville.” In addition, the song could be heard in the 2000 movie “Coyote Ugly” and was used in soundtrack of the British romantic comedy film “Love Actually” (2003).
The second single, “Adrienne” (2002), co penned by Kamin and Band, reached Top 20 at the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, the UK Singles Chart and Italian Singles Chart. The third and last single from the album, “Could It Be Any Harder” (2002), peaked at No. 35 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks and No. 22 on the Italian Singles Chart.
The group released their sophomore effort, “Two,” on June 8, 2004. The album, only featured original members Kamin and Band along with a variety of studio musicians, reached No. 54 in the U.S., No. 9 in the U.K. and No. 20 in Italy. With sales totaling two million worldwide, it was considered less success than its predecessor, which achieved a total worldwide sales of 5 millions. The lead single “Our Lives” peaked at No. 16 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Track, No. 13 in the UK and was used as the theme song of the short lived CBS series “Clubhouse” (2004). The second single “Things Will Go My Way” stayed at No. 34 for two weeks at the UK Singles Charts. The next single “Anything” peaked at No. 23 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks.
Throughout 2003 to 2004, The Calling toured extensively, with Kamin only making sporadic appearances. For the touring purpose, the group recruited new touring musicians such as lead guitarist Justin Derrico, keyboardist/guitarist/backing vocalist Daniel Damico, bass guitarist Corey Britz and drummer/percussionist Justin Meyer. In between their two albums, the group provided the song “For Your” for the “Daredevil” soundtrack. It reached No. 10 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks, No. 4 in the UK and No 19 in Italy.
Since July 2005, The Calling has been in on indefinite hiatus. They performed a farewell show in Temecula, California. While Band working on his solo projects, Kamin produces and writes songs for various bands in the Los Angeles area, including one Hodges Taylor.