Los Angeles-native, Robert Tepper is no stranger to the music business. Although he spins songs with the best of today’s modern singer songwriters, underneath the surface, he is a music industry veteran with a fascinating history. His voice will be familiar to anyone who loves the Sylvester Stallone ROCKY franchise. Tepper’s hit, “There’s No Easy Way Out” was used in the 1984 blockbuster, ROCKY 4, in the memorable Apollo Creed post-death montage.
He subsequently wrote and perfomed “Angel of the City” for Stallone’s 1986 action film, Cobra. Tepper co-wrote the Top-40 hit “Into the Night” which was released in 1980 by Benny Mardones and earned a Grammy nomination. The song was re-released in 1989 and went to #20 on The Billboard Hot 100. It is one of 10 recordings that have ever done this. In 1985, Pat Benatar recorded Tepper’s song, “Le Bel Age,” for her record, “Seven the Hard Way.” The song was a hit for Benatar, and is included on her greatest hits album. He spent several years as vocalist for the 1960s band Iron Butterfly.
Chris Cameron & Friends will be joining Tepper for this concert, performing Tepper’s hits – including tunes from his new album, “New Life Story” – along with several of Tepper’s songs that made other artists famous. Named ‘Most Promising International Blues Guitarist’ in 1997 at the International Blues Talent Competition in Memphis, Tennessee, Chris performed solo acoustic and received first place in the overall contest as he competed against 37 bands from all over the world. In the years since his unprecedented sweep of the competition at the age 18, Chris Cameron has turned his passion for blues, gospel and R&B into an impressive career. He has played with blues-rock greats including Bonnie Raitt and Tab Benoit, released albums, and currently blends electric blues, R&B, Delta blues and originals as he performs around the country.