‘Catch of the Day’ – Cam – “Diane” [AUDIO]
Today we take a look and listen to the latest from an artist who definitely took the road less traveled to make it from northern California to Nashville. An artist whose 2015 major label debut single seemed to come from out of nowhere on the way to finding the top of the country singles chart.
Born Cameron Marvel Ochs and raised in the northern California town of Lafayette, 26 miles northeast of San Francisco, Cam grew up on her grandparents ranch, were early on she developed an appreciation for country music. She sang in her school choir throughout middle and high schools, and performed as part of the Contra Costa Children's Choir, where she learned to sing in 14 languages.
After high school graduation, she enrolled at the University of California, Davis, where she majored in psychology. While at UC Davis, she formed a female a cappella group called The Spokes, a group that released four albums between 2004 and 2010. While performing with the group, Cam learned how to play guitar and began writing her own songs, abilities that would serve her well in the next stage of her journey.
After college, Cam was conflicted as to the path she should follow. She was playing music less and working in several research labs, including one at Stanford University. It was then a college professor presented her with the question that would change her path forever.
"Just picture yourself at 80 years old. Looking back at your life, what would you regret not doing: music or psychology?"
Cam moved to LA, releasing her debut album Heartforward under her given name on the indy label Rubber Room Records in 2010. The album received generally good reviews, especially for the quality of the songwriting. Cam also recorded demos of some of the other songs she had written, in an attempt to catch Faith Hill's attention. She headed to Nashville, concentrating on writing for other artists, including Maggie Rose and Miley Cyrus. And in a stubborn act of defiance, she turned down a publishing deal with a major publishing house, trying to prove she could do it her way.
Her 2013 single "Down This Road" caught the attention of Sony Music executive Doug Morris, and led to her signing with the label in 2015. Her major label debut, the single "My Mistake" peaked at #52 on the country chart, but it was the second single from the album Untamed, that proved to be her breakthrough. "Burning House" hit #1 in early 2016, selling more than a million copies and being certified platinum, and earned Cam 2016 Grammy nominations for Best Country Solo Performance.
Cam is back in the studio, working on a new album for 2018, and we have the lead single from the project in our spotlight today. Brought to you by All American Super Car Wash of Lawton, Cam and "Diane" is today's Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again.
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Today’s Key Word: “CAM”