One artist who has definitely made an impact at country radio in the first quarter of 2015 is Arista Nashville’s Cam. The California songstress has definitely made a positive impression with fans and programmers with her debut single, “My Mistake,” as well as her bright and vivacious personality. What’s her last name, you ask? Mind you, she’s not trying to be haughty by going by one name. She insists there is a story behind it.
"Day one through three of the radio tour, I actually went by Camaron Ochs. I went to my first set of radio remotes, and everybody was just like ‘What’s your last name?' It’s not easy to pronounce. The first two minutes I got with people, that’s what they wanted to talk about, and sometimes those two minutes is all you get. So, your chance to talk about your music and your art is gone. I decided I couldn’t do that. Because this music is relatable and friendly, and Cam is what my friends all call me. It’s nice to feel that my fans can call me like my friends would -- like we are having a conversation. I do get people who say ‘Who do you think you are, Cher?” No, I’m not. My last name is weird!”
The singer has just released her debut EP, Welcome To Cam Country, and she takes a lot of pride in her west coast heritage -- saying that it shaped her personally as well as musically. “We’re the melting pot of America. The coast is a little more developed, but the middle is still a lot more agricultural. My grandparents lived in Oceanside, which is a coastal desert area. It was just a normal ranch, with barns, hay, tractors, horses, and there’s palm trees too. My grandpa was a big cowboy in his values and the way he lived his life. For our family, the ranch represented our family time when we got to drive down through all that desert farmland and Grandpa would wake us up at 5am to feed the horses if we wanted to earn the right to ride them later. I always had so much fun. We would listen to Patsy Cline, Bonnie Raitt, and Willie Nelson. That reminds me of home and family -- that whole little scene or snapshot.”