Kamran Sabahi ( کامران صباحی ), better known by his stage name Cameron Cartio (کامرون کارتيو), born on 9 April 1978 is an Iranian -born Swedish pop singer and songwriter.
Being signed to Sony Music, he released his debut album Borderless in 2005. Cameron is now signed to Taraneh Records and Sherfa Music and has a publishing deal with Universal Music Group and is working on his second untitled release album. He remains popular in Iran, Sweden, the Arab World as well as in the Iranian diaspora.
Music careerCameron Cartio started his music career in Sweden. He speaks and sings in different languages, including Persian, English, and Spanish; the latter was learned in Spain where he lived for some time. Coming from an artistic family certainly helped as well in his musical career. His brother Alec Cartio, is a music producer and music video director.
Cameron Cartio made his debut in Melodifestivalen 2005 with his song "Roma". The lyrics of "Roma" were written in a conlang, a made-up language by Cameron Cartio, "borderless language of love" as he calls it. He also made a Spanish language version of the same song. He reached to "Andra chansen" (Second Chance) stage of the competition after qualifying in the Linköping semi-final on 19 February 2005. Singing in the "second chance" qualifying round on 6 March 2005, he failed to reach the finals. But the song proved popular with the Swedish audiences and the single made it to the Top 5 of the Swedish music charts peaking at No. 4 (April 2005).
He followed "Roma" with his first studio album Borderless that includes notably, besides "Roma" a duo featuring rai singer Khaled. The song entitled "Henna" is in Arabic and in Farsi. Cameron and Khaled also released an Arabic/Spanish version on a maxi CD for Spain in 2006. His song "Henna" (partly in Arabic) and his collaboration with Cheb Khaled made him popular throughout the Arab World. He also found success with the catchy hit "Ni Na Nay". The bilingual English/Spanish "Don't Tell Me Tonight" a song with Edurne made it to the Top 40 on the Greek radio charts. On the album Borderless Cameron worked with the songwriters and producers Alex P and Marcus Englof on the majority of the album.
He is now signed with Universal Music Group, Sherfa Music and Taraneh Records. In 2011, he has released a dance hit "Electric", a Persian language cover of Melody Club song.
In December 2019 Cameron released his new single "Bespar be Khoda" (Leave it to God). A spiritual pop song dedicated to god. [https://www.radiojavan.com/mp3s/mp3/Cameron-Cartio-Bespar-Be-Khoda]
CollaborationsUnder the name Cameron, he released "You Keep Me Hanging On" produced by Anders Nyman, Cameron Cartio, Robin Rex. The release also included "You Keep Me Hanging On (Remix)" produced by Cameron Cartio himself
He also collaborated with the raï singer Khaled in his hit "Henna" that reached number 9 in Sweden and charted in the Netherlands and Belgium. Khaled and Cameron performed the song Henna at the European Athletics Championship 2006 held in Goteborg, Sweden for 100.000 live audience. The performance was broadcast by all European National Televisions.
Another collaboration was with the Lebanese-Greek Cypriot Sarbel in "Mi Chica" a simultaneous double hit for Sarbel in Greek featuring Cameron Cartio (in Persian) and a separate hit for Cameron Cartio version all in Persian.
Cartio is featured in an English language hit "Don't Tell Me Tonight" with Spanish pop singer Edurne
Cartio has partnered up with music producer Hamid Shekari who has previously worked with the Canadian artist Massari. Shekari worked with the Swedish artist Mohombi on the remix track for "Mr. Lover Man" Cameron and Hamid Shekari are currently working on new tracks for Cameron's upcoming album. Album release is expected sometime in the fall of 2020.
Personal lifeCameron Cartio currently lives in California and is married to Delaram Cartio, they have two sons together. He and his brother Alec Cartio owned a Swedish pizza house in Santa Monica, Los Angeles until 2017.
Cartio is involved in charities for third world countries poverty prevention and children's rights. Latest charity involvement was in October 2019 Beverly Hills, CA in association with Global Charity Initiative.