Untamed by Cam on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Country singer Cam broke through in 2015 with “Burning House,” a subdued but smoldering ballad that defied modern notions of how women in Nashville could succeed. Untamed builds on that chemistry, blending earthy arrangements and firm, folksy sentiments into a style that sounds progressive without being too pop and traditional without being too retro. It’s an approach that turned artists like Shania Twain into titans in the '90s, and as handy as Cam is with emotional anvils like “Mayday” or “Cold in California,” she’s just as good with songs like “Country Ain’t Never Been Pretty,” a crass-talking kiss-off anchored by the punch line, “If your head’s on straight, your hair will be fine.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Country singer Cam broke through in 2015 with “Burning House,” a subdued but smoldering ballad that defied modern notions of how women in Nashville could succeed. Untamed builds on that chemistry, blending earthy arrangements and firm, folksy sentiments into a style that sounds progressive without being too pop and traditional without being too retro. It’s an approach that turned artists like Shania Twain into titans in the '90s, and as handy as Cam is with emotional anvils like “Mayday” or “Cold in California,” she’s just as good with songs like “Country Ain’t Never Been Pretty,” a crass-talking kiss-off anchored by the punch line, “If your head’s on straight, your hair will be fine.”

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About Cam

A singer and songwriter whose music embraces both the small-town virtues of country music and the glossy tunefulness of pop, Cam (full name Camaron Ochs) was born in Huntington Beach, California, and raised in Lafayette, a small but comfortable community in the northern part of the state. While growing up, Cam spent plenty of time with her grandparents, who lived in a rural community in Oceanside, California, where she soaked up the influences of country living and Patsy Cline. After studying psychology in college, Camaron developed a passion for songwriting, and blessed with a strong, clear voice, she decided to relocate to Los Angeles and pursue a career in music. Her first songs were in a contemporary pop style, and as Camaron Ochs, she released an album, Heartforward, in 2010. However, by 2012 she'd slimmed down her name, first to Cam Ochs and later simply Cam, and was writing and singing country-oriented material.

After moving on to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2013 Cam recorded an album, financed through Kickstarter, that featured contributions from songwriter and producer Tyler Johnson (who helped create songs for Taylor Swift and P!nk) and producer Jeff Bhasker (who worked with Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, and Fun.). One of the songs cut for the album, "Down This Road," co-written by Cam, Johnson, and Douglas Charles Showalter, impressed the programmers at WSIX-FM in Nashville so much that they put it into regular rotation, even though Cam didn't have a record deal and had self-released the recording digitally. Cam supported the record with plenty of live appearances, and shared bills with everyone from Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, and Vince Gill to Dan + Shay. By the spring of 2015, Cam had signed a record deal with Arista Nashville/RCA Records, and a four-song EP, Welcome to Cam Country, saw digital release. A full-length album, produced by Bhasker and Johnson, was released in 2015. Two years later saw Cam release the single "Diane." When not busy writing and performing her own songs, Cam writes material for others, and has composed tunes for Miley Cyrus. ~ Mark Deming

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