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Our Interview with Camille Rae – @CamilleRae

“If Adele were from the south, her name would be Camille Rae.” - Celeb Secrets Country  That statement holds true as Rae continuously captivates her audience with her insightful songwriting and wildly dynamic vocal range. The songstress can perform multiple genres of music ranging from classical to bluegrass but finds her artistry most at home within the country music scene. 

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It’s time to talk about our cover artist! Here’s a bit about her story.

“If Adele were from the south, her name would be Camille Rae.” – Celeb Secrets Country

That statement holds true as Rae continuously captivates her audience with her insightful songwriting and wildly dynamic vocal range. The songstress can perform multiple genres of music ranging from classical to bluegrass but finds her artistry most at home within the country music scene.

In 2015, Rae released her debut album I Need Me (Break the Cycle Entertainment) which

included her first single, “Shadows Dance Tonight,” to hit No.55 on Nashville’s Music Row Chart and received strong airplay across the United States and Canada. Her presence on the chart positioned Rae as an opening act for notables like The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, American Idol’s David Cook, Maddie and Tae, and more.

Rae’s influencers consist of a montage of confident, female powerhouses such as Bessie Smith, Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, and fellow redhead Reba McEntire. All in which who continuously support a common muse: “The intimate feelings that someone thinks but never speaks aloud.”

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Rae delivered her sophomore album, Come Find Me, in March of 2017. Inspired by personal growth and vulnerability, more than half of the fifteen tracks are either written or co-written by Rae. The first single, “But I Want You,” co-written by Jaida Dreyer, Fred Wilhelm, and Jay Knowles includes a prominent kick-drum and lead banjo riff paired with a sassy lead vocal. The official music video debuted on CMT.

Come Find Me also features “I Need Me,” a track that has been heard previously for years and performed in numerous variations. “I Need Me” found longtime friend and producer, Shawn Gough, who helped transform the current single into the climatic ballad it is, climbing both the country and adult contemporary radio charts.

Originally from Mount Vernon, Ky., Rae has been eager to share her talent since her church performances as a child. At 12 years of age, Rae began to craft her own songs while strumming a six-string. In high school, she performed as a member of the Kentucky All-State Choir before earning a degree in Music Education at the University of the Cumberlands. Prior to moving to Nashville, Rae spent three years in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She took to live performance and further enhancement of her songwriting before returning to the states in 2012 to fully pursue a solo career as a country music artist.

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She grew up singing in the church and when things get tough she goes back to Phillippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens Me.” She said, “I stay strong in my faith, pray and do a lot of positive thinking. I keep my faith in the forefront.”

When it comes time writing songs you’ll find her with a pen, paper, and guitar. “I usually have a melody in my head already. When I start writing I have a song in mind from start to finish.”

A lot of time we see a country artist that fall into either the modern or the country artist category. We wanted to know where Camille felt she fell. “I’d like to think that I’m a modern artist that brings a lot of the traditional aspect back in the music.” I think as an artist that wants to be the main stream you have to think about what’s new and what’s right now.”

Her album’s bonus track ‘Fear’ really spoke to us here. we wanted to know the obstacles that have stood in her way. She said, “A big one was my move to Nashville. I was married at the time in Canada and it was a big decision, I’m going to take the chance and moved without my husband. It was a big choice and take the chance it was scary, but it’s been a crazy hard road that was worth it.”

‘I Need Me’ was her first album. We wanted to know how much growth has happened since then she said, “I’ve personally changed and opened up a lot more and share a lot more of myself and what I’m going through. I’m more vulnerable than what I use to be. It’s my responsibility to share with my fans and people in general. It’s harder, but it’s real and it’s true.”

She’s done a lot of shows and tours, but we always want to laugh at someone else’s pain. We wanted to know what was one of her most embarrassing moments on stage. she said, “I’ve been pretty lucky not t have completely wiped out. I had on new shoes at a show in Nashville and there was a bean or something on the floor and slipped and fell on a little girl while holding my equipment.” We’re thankful for Camille and the little girl is just fine!

ButIWantYouPhotoShootCamille loves Broadway we wanted to know one of her favorite things about Broadway and she said, “ I love Broadway and musical theater mostly because of the glamor and you get to be someone else for a bit.”

Camille works with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital as well as other organizations. “I’m a ComeFindMeAlbumShoot+(6)part of a program in Nashville where musicians on call go to hospitals and sing from room to room for the patients, each week its a different hospital. It’s awesome, rewarding, and it helps put things into perspective that just a little time and talent can brighten. The children’s hospital is always so motivating because these kids are in tough situations and have such a positive outlook. A former singer/songwriter started singing with me during a performance. It was moving. You brighten their day, remind them of happy times, better times, and change their lives.”

We wanted to know some of her guilty pleasures.

We’re huge Disney fans so we wanted to know if Camille could be any Disney princess who would she be. We have to admit we knew her answer before she event said it. “I would be the little mermaid. I’m scared of water, but I’ve always wanted to be a good swimmer.”

If we stopped by Camille’s on her day off you’ll probably find her checking emails, watching Netflix shows like Underground, Friends and Golden Girls. When it comes to favorites she enjoys Dr. Pepper, Beef Jerky, Mini Starburst, Crab Legs and a good ole Cheeseburgers.

For more from Camille Rae visit

http://www.CamilleRae.com

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