For Costa Mesa musician Billy Kernkamp, getting into music as a child was as natural as breathing.
"My family was always very musical," he said. "My mom sang, my sister sings and all my uncles play guitar. In my earliest memories, my mom would always be singing standards in hotels for World War II veterans, and we were a very social family, always having parties. I was always surrounded by music. I was inspired by listening to all those old standards, and all that early rock 'n' roll, and I've always had such a love for that."
Now the chanteuse's son has created a career of his own, in a genre all his own — and his popularity is skyrocketing. Kernkamp will appear next week at the South Coast Plaza Village in a concert benefiting Music for a Cure, on the heels of his 2010 OC Music Award for best live acoustic act, and has a new album in the works.