Camille Rae: This album is first of all a story concept album from start to finish. It will take you on a journey from start to finish. It is also much more raw and emotional and I believe will connect with listeners on a deeper level than my debut album.
On this record, there is a nice mix of songs you wrote and songs that were written by other people. Is there a specific feeling you get when you know you need to cut a song, or in general, how do you decide which outside songs to cut?
This was actually the first time that I had songs specifically pitched to me and it was such an awesome experience. My manager and I basically sat down and listened to every song in every folder and chose the songs that connected to me and the storyline. The right songs really do just stand out and you know that you are meant to sing them. I was very lucky to have the opportunity to cut so many amazing songs by so many influential, talented writers.
“I Need Me” was the title of your last record, but it also made its way onto this record as well. Why did you put this song on Come Find Me, and what is so special about this song to you?
This song has always been my baby and the one song that everyone connects with out of all of them. I knew that I wanted to release this song to country radio, which meant that I had to get the perfect radio edit. I took the opportunity to make the song everything I had every imagined and I truly believe that this version is the perfect one for the masses. This song means so much to me because it speaks of being true to yourself and following your heart. Everyone deserves true happiness and sometimes in order to accomplish that, it takes true sacrifice. Only the strongest of people are brave enough to be truly happy.
“Here’s to Nashville” is a beautifully candid song about your experience in Nashville. Was this a difficult song to write, and what was that process like?
It actually only took me about 10 minutes to write this song from start to finish. It was one of those songs that just poured out on the page. Artists face these feelings every minute of every day. We all hear all the unsolicited advice and all the “rules” that the music business is supposed to follow. I will be the first to say that I will only take the advice that I fully trust and speaks to my heart and I don’t necessarily follow to rules. This is a beautiful city full of endless opportunity, but once again you have to stay true to yourself to survive and overcome the obstacles. It is artist like Jaida Dreyer with “This Town” and Caitlyn Smith with “This Town is Killing Me” that gave me the courage to speak out about those feelings artists keep in most of the time.
You cut three Jaida Dreyer songs on this record! How has she been an influence on you and your music?
I LOVE JAIDA. My best friend and manager, Amber Smith, introduced me to her music when I first moved to Nashville. I fell in love with her words and I could hear her passion through every song. She writes songs that are outside the box, but in the absolute best way. I feel like the songs that I chose to cut of Jaida’s are the future of country music and it is so amazing that I get to share them with the world on this album!!
If you had to choose, what is your favorite song on the record?
That is very hard to choose… I would say “Take It Away” is my favorite song. It is so unique and has a very raw and organic feel to it. My producer, Shawn Gough is a genius when it comes to arrangement. We used a drum stick, an empty wine bottle, and our own feet and hands to make the loop you hear in the track. It was such a fun experience and I was there building it from the ground up, which is pretty special.
I’ve been listening to the song “Come Find Me” for a while, as I’m a fan of the songwriter, Hannah Ellis! I’ve always loved this song, but how did you first hear this song, and what about it made you want to cut it and name your record after it?
I was pitched this song along with many others and it stopped my heart the first time I heard it. It completely connected with the story of the album and how I felt about the situation. I related with it so much that it almost hurt to sing it, but I knew that was what made it perfect and completely real. I named the album after the song because once you listen to the album in it’s entirety, you will understand that I want this person to “Come Find Me” and I also want the music business to “Come Find Me” as well. It has two meanings.
And as a wrap-up, anything else you want me to know about this record?
This album is basically my heart on a platter. It is completely personal and I just really want it to connect with listeners as much as it has connected with me. My main goal is to help people with my music and I sincerely hope that “Come Find Me” does just that. Sometimes in the hardest of situations we feel completely alone, but with music like this that speaks truth and vulnerability we find that we have all have similar experiences, similar feelings and heartaches and no one is ever really alone.
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