Through that process, Cam learned music theory, harmony, structure and tone. The school is centered in farmland outside of Sacramento, part of the same ring of small-town suburbs that includes Folsom, a town that would become vital to the legend of Johnny Cash. Cam had already begun to connect to diverse brands of music - she was drawn to strong, indie-rock females and to singer/songwriters in her casual listening at the same time she was singing classical music with the choral group.But country music was a big part of the social scene at Davis, and it became an important element in her self-expression.Her grandfather was both a cowboy and an entrepreneur - he started his own business, building wooden office desks - and her parents were similarly non-conformist.Her father grew up in a military family and had the guts to move out on his own at age 17, a time when most kids are looking to Dad for a few extra bucks to put gas in the car and see a movie.Instead of limiting her choices to make an easily defined product, she's put faith in the uniqueness of her voice, allowing that to be the defining character of a pliable, adventurous musical persona.Co-writing each of the songs on Untamed, Cam says, "The cohesive part is me and my voice.That emotional connection would pay off when she pursued music professionally.
In a bit of a fluke, Cam's music was discovered online by Nashville radio programmer Michael Bryan, who started playing one of her songs, "Down This Road," on WSIX even though she was unsigned.
As the arrangements or instrumentation changed, the lyrics invariably got tweaked, too.
She was present for every nuance, ensuring that the end results reflected her reality.
While one might rely on polished pop influences and melody, another yields a piano bar feel, one cleverly infuses a bit of Gregorian chant, and yet another uses steel guitar to create a classic-country mood.
That wide-ranging artistry is key in Cam's approach.