Diana Ross is the latest recipient of fan art from Tampa artist Cam Parker

“It was the best moment of my life,” said Parker.

click to enlarge Diana Ross at Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando, Florida on January 9, 2019. - c/o Cam Parker
c/o Cam Parker
Diana Ross at Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando, Florida on January 9, 2019.

Cam Parker did it again. After gifting art to Lady Gaga and Janelle Monae, the Tampa artist kicked off 2019 by watching Diana Ross not just receive a custom denim jacket, but also wear it onstage during a Wednesday night performance of “I Will Survive” at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center.

Parker, 35, debated buying a front row ticket to the show, but decided to just do it big and make the custom jacket to see if Ross would rock it in concert. He put it onstage during the second to last song and then Ross immediately looked down as addressed Parker from the crowd.

“She said, ‘Did you make that? I love it, but I can’t bend down in this dress, honey — help me,’” Parker told CL in a Thursday morning text message. So he did, helping the soul icon into her upteenth wardrope change of the night.

“I picked it up and lifted it to her, then she put it on and it fit perfectly,” Parker added.

“She took it and waved it to the audience. When she got to the lyric, ‘So now you're back, from outer space,’she turned her back to the audience and did a little Supremes arm flourish,” he said. “It was the best moment of my life.”

Even better than watching Lady Gaga give him props in front of about 17,000 at Amalie Arena?

“I gotta say Gaga was epic, but Diana made Gaga, Janet and Beyonce possible,” he said. “So I wouldn’t say better, but it was incredible to meet and give a gift to the originator and the one who made girl power and adoration of female icons a thing.”

Have a look at another pic below. Ross plays Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall on January 11. Details on that show are available via cltampa.com/musicweek.

click to enlarge Diana Ross at Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando, Florida on January 9, 2019. - c/o Cam Parker
c/o Cam Parker
Diana Ross at Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando, Florida on January 9, 2019.



WE LOVE OUR READERS!

Since 1988, CL Tampa Bay has served as the free, independent voice of Tampa Bay, and we want to keep it that way.

Becoming a CL Tampa Bay Supporter for as little as $5 a month allows us to continue offering readers access to our coverage of local news, food, nightlife, events, and culture with no paywalls.

Join today because you love us, too.

Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
Scroll to read more Local Music articles

Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.