Cam Discusses 'American Idol,' New Album & Empowering Women in Music at ACM Awards: Watch

On the red carpet at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (April 15), country singer-songwriter Cam spoke with Billboard’s Laela Zadeh about her upcoming appearance on American Idol, her forthcoming album and empowering women in the country music industry.

Cam, who will be making a cameo on Idol this Monday (April 16) as a mentor, says that she worked with two “extremely talented” girls and that she is so excited about them. “There’s so many amazingly gifted kids [on this season],” she says, “that I think whoever wins this is just gonna do really well.”

Asked to describe her forthcoming studio album in three words, Cam says it is “confident, real [and] my-best-work-yet,” explaining that it is “the best stuff I’ve made. The growth of it’s really wonderful, and the freedom to just be able to do whatever I want to do. I feel really good about that.”

The “Diane” singer also addresses the lack of women on the radio and discusses what needs to be done to fix that, explaining that the first step is raising awareness, which she thinks people are getting.

“Next step is removing these myths,” she says. “So women do listen to women. Women do buy women’s music, and any of these things you’re blaming on women is not true. So let’s remove those, and then we’re gonna start…letting women know you’re powerful, you deserve that pay raise, you deserve to be equally in front of the camera, you deserve to be equally behind the producer’s desk, whatever it is. It’s gonna be a step-by-step process, but I think people are starting to listen.”

Check out the full video interview above to hear more from Cam.

Academy of Country Music Awards 2018

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