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Cam

Welcome to Cam Country EP – 2015 (Arista Nashville)

Reviewed by Andrew Greenhalgh

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Following the legacy of other notable songwriters that have gone before her, Cam is stepping out from behind the shadows of the curtain where she's penned songs for artists like Miley Cyrus and Maggie Rose and is taking on the spotlight herself with her debut EP, "Welcome to Cam Country." And it's that fusion of pop sentiment, Southern California charm and real country sensibility that makes up the whole of the budding artist's sound.

"My Mistake" leads things off with a rousing declaration of need and independence, colored in with warm songwriting and a mainstream country vibe accented by the hook that "He's my mistake to make all night." But with "Burning House," Cam takes things in a whole different direction, working over a moody acoustic vibe whose musical space allows for the artist's rich and emotive vocals to weave their tale of broken hearts and lost lovers.

That same theme of loss gets a different spin on "Half Broke Heart," the artist delivering a playful arrangement that resonates with plucky banjo and rich percussion to paint a picture of a lover moving on. Her vocals bright and warm, she sings the lyric "A half broke heart is still broke" with honesty but it's the closing track, "Runaway Train," that is bound to run away with the accolades here. Building off a restless guitar lead, the track presses forward with big, bold energy and a sassy, no holds barred vocal that the pounding percussion helps to hammer home on what is the EP's most engaging track.

A circuitous route through pop into country might have led to Cam's country music debut, but the result is a welcome one. Featuring insightful songwriting and showcasing the artist's solid musical chops, "Welcome to Cam Country" takes you into a town you'll want to visit over and over again.