Pop Singer-Songwriter CAMRYN Discusses Her New Track ‘Glow’ and Much More!
Posted On 11 Oct 2017
Meet the pop singer-songwriter Camryn! Her newest single “Glow” has already has over 1 million Spotify streams. This radio-ready, instantly infectious track is 18-year-old Camryn’s most bombastic and brightest single yet. The track marries her bold rock star spirit with irresistible pop production, propelled by her knock-out voice, an iridescent chant, an anthemic hook, and propulsive percussion and guitar from her band – Camryn proves real instrumentation can live in pop music. The feel-good song was produced by The Monarch [Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled] and co-written with HARLŒ [Kelly Clarkson, JoJo, Charli XCX]. Citing influences from Hayley Williams to Rihanna, Camryn has opened headline tours for the likes of Fifth Harmony, One Direction and Cody Simpson. “Glow” follows her 2016 EP New Dynasty which drew acclaim from Billboard, Nylon, Idolator, Fuse, and more.
“It’s an anthem” reveals the artist. “Moreover, this is meant to be relatable. I’ve been in a relationship for a year-and-a-half with my best friend of five years. Love makes you dance and smile. It makes you ‘Glow.’ That’s what I wanted to share with my audience. I really want to tell a story. I feel like the journey begins here.”
Pop music could use a rock star. Long blue hair swaying, powerhouse voice booming, effusive energy emanating, and guitars resounding, 18-year-old Camryn confidently fills that role and more. The Denver-born and Los Angeles-based songstress can recall belting favorites around the house during her formative years before eventually jumpstarting her impressive YouTube following with the release of her debut 2010 single “Wait and See” at just 11 years old. In 2013, she made history when “LoveSick” made her the youngest indie act to chart a song on the Billboard Top 40 since LeAnn Rimes in 1997. Independently drumming up an international buzz, Camryn performed in front of massive crowds all across North America and Europe touring with the likes of One Direction and Cody Simpson.
“I don’t want to ever simply fit in,” she exclaims. “I aim to be something that the world hasn’t necessarily seen before. It’s more than combining pop and rock. It’s bringing real instruments back. Music isn’t just something that I’m putting out; it’s something that’s really a part of me.”
“There’s a pretty significant difference between my previous music and what I’m doing now,” she goes on. “This is more mature, defined, and specific. It’s who I am. I started very young. Fans didn’t just get to see my growth as a person, but as a singer. I’m constantly trying to perfect my craft. I know a lot more now than ever before. The edgy feel is still there, but the music is happier and more uplifting. It makes you move. That’s important to me.”
Camryn’s stunning voice powers everything she does. Honed by nearly a decade of studying and devotion to her craft, she can seamlessly swing from soulful crooning into arena-filling crescendos with show-stopping prowess.
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Learn more about Camryn in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today! Where does this interview find you today? Is there music playing in the background? If so, what is it? What music gets you instantly out of a bad mood?
Of course! I am currently in Los Angeles, California and I have just finished school for the day. I am a sophomore doing online classes at Penn State, gotta get that schoolwork in! When I’m in a bad mood I tend to dwell on that feeling, so to get out of that mindset I like to distract myself. I love to listen to happy music that always makes me feel better. If all else fails then I usually watch something funny that I know will make me laugh like an episode of Friends!
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory?
I have always loved to sing ever since I could talk. I think the moment that I really decided that I wanted to pursue singing professionally was when I entered my first talent show in kindergarten. I was terrified but I knew that onstage was the place I wanted to be forever. I sang Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl!”
I always like to ask artists about where they came from and how that city or town has influenced them as an artist now. So how do you think your hometown has affected who you are as a musician and the art that you create?
Growing up in Denver, Colorado I had a really normal life, and it really makes me appreciate all that I have done and everything I’ve gotten to experience. Colorado is my home forever, and it’s the place that really grounds me and reminds me who I am at heart. Just a normal girl who loves to sing. I think this helps me stay true to who I am in my music. I write from personal experience and I am always trying to connect people to the music lyrically and emotionally. When you listen to one of my songs, you are listening to a piece of me and even though I am always growing and changing, I don’t ever want to portray myself as something that I’m not.
Musically, did you approach this year any differently than you did last year? How has 2017 been treating you and your career?
I wouldn’t say I’m approaching it differently, but I am approaching it with more experience and knowledge than before. Releasing new music is always nerve racking and this last year I have been working with a lot of new producers. The response from my fans has been tremendous! 2017 has been a fantastic year for me. My single “Glow” has reached over a million listens on Spotify and that alone is enough to make my whole year! This year has been really exciting and there is still so much more to come!
What was the inspiration for your latest single, “Glow”? How do you think this sound is different or similar to anything else that you have released? From your “New Dynasty” EP? How does it prepare listeners for future music from you?
“Glow” is really a feel good song. It’s about being in love and having that “glow” that you just can’t hide or contain. It’s a great song to lift your spirits, roll down your windows, and let the “glow” take over. This sound is a bit different from New Dynasty. There is still that rock and roll edge like my previous single “Machines,” but “Glow” isn’t as dark as some of the tracks features on New Dynasty. “Glow” is like the next season, some things have improved and changed but it is still me.
When do you hope to put out more new music?
I have a few things lined up, however I don’t have an official release date yet. I hope we can release something around the new year!
With the summer over now, what is something fun that you tried for the first time? Did you get to tour much?
This summer, I was traveling a lot and I got to go to Greece for the first time! It is absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to go back to explore more ruins and potentially perform there one day. I did a few performances here and there and instead of touring I was working on new music.
Where can people see you perform live next?
I will be performing at the San Pedro International Film Festival as well as Flicks for change in October and November. I will be posting the exact dates on my social media and website as soon as I can!
How do you hope to be a good role model to all of your younger fans? Who is someone that you have always looked up to growing up?
I hope that people can look up to me and remember that if you have a dream then go and fight for it. It doesn’t matter how old you are or where you come from – if you can set your mind to something then you can do it! I have always looked up to Beyoncé because she really encapsulates what it really means to be a true artist. She never gives up and she is always involved in every aspect of her career from the power pose she strikes on stage to the endless hours she spends in the studio perfecting her music. I aspire to be that type of artist.
We are living in a crazy and at times rough world right now so I am curious how you think being a musician gives you the most joy in life today? Do you think that new music being created today is going to reflect these hard times?
Music is a form of self-expression, not just from an artist’s personal life but also from what is happening in the world around them. As a musician I feel like it’s our job to not only provide an escape from the real world but also to discuss it. Some of the most influential pieces of music come from times of trouble. Music can be the light at the end of the tunnel that a lot of people need.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? What musicians would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
I have already shared my love for Beyoncé but outside of her I really love Hayley Williams and Paramore, Panic! At The Disco, Khalid, Macklemore, Bebe Rexha, and Halsey. There are so many more artists I can name but these are just a few people who constantly inspire me. I would be honored to work with any of these artists. I feel like Hayley Williams and I could create a really cool duet together.
What do you hope fans take away from your music? Do you think that your music has a singular overall message at all?
I hope fans will listen to my music and find an escape from reality that makes you feel a certain way depending on the song they listened too. I want to create songs that everyone can relate to and can use to even change their mood. Like I said, when I’m in a bad mood I like to listen to music that will make me happy again. I want my fans to be able to say that about any of their emotions when they listen my music.
What advice would you give to a young person who is thinking about becoming a musician one day?
If you have a dream, then go for it! It’s not going to be easy and there will be a lot of people who try to get in your way. These obstacles will only make you stronger in the end. Never give up and always keep reaching for the stars!
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your forthcoming music?
I’m so excited to continue sharing my music and I am always trying to make as much new music as possible. I’m really proud of my video for “Glow” on YouTube. It was so fun to make, and all my puppies have cameos, check it out! Thank you to everyone who has been there supporting me since day one and thank you to all of the new listeners! The road ahead is long and full of surprises! Stay tuned for more on my socials @camrynrocks and my website https://www.camrynmusic.com/!