One of Arista Nashville’s newest artists and songwriters, Cam, has been traveling the country in recent months, bringing her lilting country vocals, mature song craftsmanship, and sunny performance style to radio stations. Today (March 31), Cam released her four-song digital EP, Welcome To Cam Country, which features her single “My Mistake.” The bubbly entertainer recently visited MusicRow‘s office to offer a music preview, including the tracks “Burning House” and “Half Broke Heart.” Cam co-wrote each of the tracks on the EP.
Welcome To Cam Country was helmed by producers Jeff Bhasker (Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift) and Tyler Johnson (Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus) in numerous studios in Nashville and Los Angeles including The Castle, Blackbird Studios, and Quad Studios.
She closed the preview with her debut single, “My Mistake.” “It’s about how a lot of times in your life, in career jobs, you won’t know the right moves to make, but you have to make them anyway,” Cam said. “And those times when things don’t work out the way you’d hoped, it ends up shaping who you are and where you’re going and it ends up being for the best. It’s my reminder to myself to not try and avoid all the heartaches. They are important.”
Before securing her deal on Arista Nashville, the northern California native scored cuts on projects from Maggie Rose and Miley Cyrus, including “Maybe You’re Right,” which was on Cyrus’ 2013 album Bangerz.
Cam’s fearless attitude fueled her resolution to pursue a career as a writer and an artist, in a town where many choose to be one or the other. “I remember someone asked me, ‘Are you going to be an artist or are you going to be a writer?’ I don’t really believe that you have to choose, but I said, ‘I’ll be an artist that writes my own songs.’ That’s easier said than done, so I went into an incubation period with some of my writing friends, and we wrote the best songs we could muster. It would be super easy to lean on all these amazing players and songwriters and producers to help fill in the blanks. While that’s so tempting, because it’s so good, you can also start to lose the sound that’s you and get overwhelmed by the sound that’s everybody. It’s the seesaw of learning to be yourself musically, but also remain relatable. We came up with 10 songs and then went to labels to show them who I am. Sony got it, which was incredible and it feels very lucky to have people that are behind it that way.”
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