Talented, Ambitious "But I Want You" Singer Camille Rae Shares Her Drive to Succeed
Singer-songwriter Camille Rae grew up in Kentucky, but she has lived in Canada and now thrives in Nashville. The music capital has been good to her because, well, it is the perfect place for an ambitious singer to thrive. After giving up a career in teaching to pursue her dreams, she now has a brand new album coming out soon. She also has two singles that have done well on the national charts. "Shadows Dance Tonight" and her current single "But I Want You" showcase her talent well.
Camille Rae says that her latest album (expected release date is in early 2017) reflects who she is as a person as much as it reflects who she is as an artist. She had a hand in writing many of the songs and she's not afraid to talk about the things other people steer clear of. To her, being vulnerable is another connection to her fans. The album offers a mixture of feel-good, up-tempo songs and slower ballads. It is an album that fans will want to listen to from start to finish without skipping over anything.
Her music is fun, sassy, and a pleasure to listen to. The singer herself is also a joy to talk to. She recently spoke with me about her career and some of her goals. It is my pleasure to share those things with you. So without further ado, I introduce Camille Rae to you. When you finish reading, check out some of her music here and on YouTube.
But I Want You
What Would You Do If You Could Not Do Music? Would You Go Back to Teaching?
I could always teach. There's always the option to teach. I could go do that now if I wanted to. Just take a day and go teach. It's always a part of my heart. I always want to at least help facilitate music education and to make sure that it is accessible to kids of all social and economic statuses. But I would probably be a cosmetologist. I'd go to school for that because I love doing hair and makeup and making people feel pretty. So that's probably what I would do.
How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I've been called a lot of different things. Country. Soul. I've got a lot of R&B influences in my voice. My sound is also a lot like Trisha Yearwood or Martina McBride and other 90s country artists. So I guess I would probably say that I'm like the new school Trisha Yearwood. Kind of like Carrie Underwood. There's definitely a lot of 90s country influences in there and then the modern twist with the drum roots and the cool technical things they've got going on now. And, of course, I also have some blues sound along with the R&B influences because I've sung so many genres.
What Is Your Favorite Song to Sing?
Oh my goodness. My favorite country song to sing is probably "Independence Day" by Martina McBride and my favorite song from another genre to sing would be "Fallin" by Alicia Keys because it is so unexpected. I like to catch people off guard every now and then.
Where Would You Most like to Perform?
Gosh, probably Madison Square Garden in New York. .. A big outdoor park. And, of course, I hope, sooner rather than later, I get to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. That's the dream goal of every country artist to play on that stage. But to pack out Madison Square would be pretty cool.
Where Do You See Yourself in Ten Years?
Oh gosh, I hope I'll be signed with a major label, touring internationally and winning Grammys. I mean, I should shoot for the stars. I used to be really humble about my answer to questions like this, but I want to become a legend. So in ten years, I hope that I'm well on my way to doing that. Basically, just going on down the road and getting signed with a major label to get to that point or being one of the first independent artists to do it without one. That's where I hope I will be.
Why Do You Believe You Have What It Takes?
Well... I lived in Canada for a while and I just got back from a visit there. I was talking to one of my former students. She's really super talented, has a beautiful voice, and she was talking about her college experience and about taking vocal lessons there. Her teachers were telling her not to be so hard on herself, that she doesn't have to make things perfect. She looked at me and she was like, "Why can't it be perfect?" And I told her, "Don't listen to them. Don't cry or stress yourself out about it. It's good to strive for the best when it comes to your vocal ability because you wouldn't hire a plumber or an electrician that can't do his job well. It's the same with being a singer or a performer."
I think that when it comes to myself, I do strive for that vocally. I'm very consistent when it comes to my performances. Every time you come see me live, it's gonna be pretty much exactly like you hear it on the album. A lot of artists will tell you their live performance was 'okay' and they will be okay with that. But with me, that is the most important thing. When people pay money or spend their time to see me, I want to give them the best performance I possibly can. I want people to go home with the same comparative that I give them on a CD.
Also, just the fact that I have a classically trained background and vocal training. I know how to sing, I have all the technical abilities that I need and I have the needed versatility for what I do. There's also the determination, hard work, and life experiences. I think with all that combined and the team that I have behind me, I definitely have what it takes to get there. It may take me a little longer. I may have to go through a few more doors to get there than someone else, but I have faith that it's all gonna come together and happen. The path is there; I've just gotta find it.
I've got a song I'm planning to release soon. It's one that my fans already know and love. Many of them keep asking me when it will be released as a single. It's different than what I've released before. My singles so far have been really upbeat and show off my fun-loving side. But this one we're hoping to release next is a ballad. I really think people will like it and I'm excited about it.
Shadows Dance Tonight
I Need Me
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