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Interview:
Cam at Coyote Joe's, 5 Things To Know
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Camaron Marvel Ochs -- that would be Cam to you -- was a known quantity in the music world before she became a country hitmaker.

The California-born singer had her first success during the early 00s as a songwriter, landing tracks on albums by Miley Cyrus, Maggie Rose and others before releasing an EP, "Welcome To Cam Country," and album, "Untamed," last year. The latter debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard country charts and launched the singles "Burning House" and "Mayday," snaring nominations for Grammy Awards, American Music Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards.

The recently married Cam has been on the road this year with Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley, but she's spending the fall out on her own Burning House Tour, planting the flag for Cam Country around the U.S...

Establishing herself as an artist has been "very tiring," Cam, 31, says by phone from her home in Nashville. "It's been a lot of run, run, run, because when you're first starting out you're hoping people will call you so you're kinda sitting on your phone. We did a lot of hard work in our own world as well -- visiting radio for the first four, five months, and meeting so many people. It's a very tight-knit community, so you've got to meet everyone and see their faces, 'cause they're going to develop your career. It's like you're the ne kid in school trying to meet all these people at once. It's a little overwhelming."

Nevertheless, she's happy with what she's achieved so far. "Oh, yeah, I'm super grateful," Cam says. "You work so hard and hope to get just one of those moments, but to have a lot of them makes me feel very lucky and super proud of the team and everybody who's worked so hard to make this happen."

With her debut album out a full year, Cam feels like she's established in the country market despite being an unknown commodity after moving to Nashville from California. "When I got there and did that writing for (other people's albums), everybody in Nashville was like, 'Where did you come from? We didn't know you before,'" Cam recalls. "But that let me get to know people for awhile before I broke onto the scene, and I feel like I was welcomed into the club. Everybody has an appreciation for the music, so I feel OK about it. For some reason that's really important; I probably should just care about my own opinion and not need that external validation, but it feels really nice coming from people who know how hard you work and what the process is to make it to that level. For them to acknowledge it is extra nice."

Cam has also figured out what's making her connect with an audience. "Country fans are the best. They actually care about the lyrics," she explains. "They listen to new artists. They'll come along for the journey if you're giving them what they want, which is songs with really great lyrics they can relate to."

Cam expects her headlining shows will show off what she's learned from being a support act during the past couple of years. "Those opening slots definitely help you sharpen your skills," she says. "Going in front of a crowd of people who aren't necessarily your fans -- some are but most of them are Dierks fans or something, and a bunch of them don't know who you are. Your job is to warm everybody up for Dierks or Brad or whoever. So headlining is exciting for me. I get a longer set, not just 25 minutes of, like, the hits. So I get to play the full album and other songs, which is really special."

Cam

Friday, Dec. 2. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Coyote Joe's, 49440 Ryan Road, Shelby Township.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $59 VIP.

Call 586-254-4666 or visit coyotejoes.com.

Web Site: www.CoyoteJoes.com

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