Two years ago, Cam was at a crossroads in her career. In the spring of 2018, she embarked on the Listening Room Tour, a series of intimate club dates that featured stripped-down arrangements and the kind of real talk that goes down between friends over a bottle of wine. But at the same time, the relationship with her Nashville label was strained, and close to ending. Instead of letting that cast a shadow over her performances, it sparked something inside of her — and having a direct line to her audience was added fuel. “I remember being so fucking spicy,” she says now. “I was like, ‘Fuck it!’ I laughed so hard, and people had such a good time. I was like, ‘This is why I’m here, not the other bullshit.’ ”
Cam, an outspoken songwriter with a soaring voice, has always done things her way, even after signing to Sony Music Entertainment in 2014 through a partnership between Sony Nashville and RCA Records. The following year, she broke out with her unlikely hit “Burning House,” which reached No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, and released her major-label debut album, Untamed. Her long-awaited second album was originally slated to come out in 2018 on Sony Nashville, but instead, Cam left the label that year, citing “different values,” and became a full-time artist on RCA’s New York roster.
“Nowadays, people are a little more interested in what’s going on behind the doors,” she says. “People care what you stand for — your values, your truth, what you think. I [knew] the way I wanted to do business, and it was not going to be there.” (Sony Nashville had no comment.)