Pop music can sometimes feel like it’s lacking something — mostly it’s originality — but there are still artists out there trying to separate themselves from the cookie cutter pop pack. One of those artists is 18-year-old Camryn. With her cobalt blue mane and pop rock sound, Camryn is bringing artistry back to a genre in need of a breath of fresh air.
Camryn started out as a Youtube star at the young age of 11, and by the age of 13 was making history by becoming the youngest indie artist to chart on the Billboard Top 40 with her song “LoveSick,” an honor Leanne Rimes had held since 1997. That success brought on a lot of international buzz, and earned her a spot touring with pop’s heavy hitters like One Direction and Cody Simpson.
Her newest song, “Glow” has become an instant streaming hit, racking up over a million streams on Spotify. The song’s upbeat, fun, pop sound catches your attention, but it’s the lyrics that keep it. The video compliments the fun, young, and free spirit of “Glow.” It takes you back to the days of sneaking out, making out, and being young and in love.
We spoke with Camryn about her early start in music, “Glow,” and what if takes to follow your dreams.
Your musical career started at a very young age. When did you discover your love for creating music?
I’ve always been singing. I would sing around the house when I was very little. My mom would call her friends and have me sing to them, and I loved to do it. I entered my first talent show in kindergarten. I got up on stage and I was completely terrified. But I felt like I was really living up there. I told my mom, but she already knew this is what I wanted to do.
It’s nice to have that type of support system.
It’s really special, because I know parents aren’t always supportive. I’ve been very lucky, both of my parents have been so supportive.
When did you start exploring the idea of songwriting?
I really got into songwriting about five years ago. I was very young when I started working in the studio, I didn’t think I had much to say. But as I got older, producers would encourage me to write something. Now I co-write all of my songs.
Of course when you write songs, they are all special to you. But what song sticks out as being a favorite of yours?
There are a couple, but I think one would be “Machine.” It’s not just lyrically my favorite, but it was the first song that I felt like emulated my sound. After all the music I’d written and recorded, it was “Machine” that gave me chills. Since then, I’ve been able to hone in on that sound and grow from there. “Glow” came out of that, it’s a very personal song but it’s also fun. It captures what I’m into right now. It’s about being free and having fun with the people you care about.
Speaking of “Glow,” it quickly took off on Spotify. It’s racked up over 1 million streams. What is that like for you?
Oh my gosh, I’m still in shock over it. It was completely unexpected, but it feels really good to put something out that people are responding to so quickly. Knowing that people are hearing me, that wouldn’t usually find my music, through playlists like on Spotify is so cool. I’m stoked to be a part of that. I’m just a normal Colorado girl, and now all these people are hearing my music. I’ve worked really hard, and I’m still working.
If someone asked what your music sounds like, what would you tell them?
I would say my sound is pop-rock, but the new and improved version. We all love Avril Lavigne and that “Sk8er Boi” sound. I wanted to take those elements that we love from pop-rock and classic rock, and blend them with what we love about modern pop music. Again, creating a new version of pop-rock.
It’s very easy to see how you’ve blended all these elements to create your own style.
There’s so many artists that aren’t using real instruments, it’s such a shame.
Has being such a young artist been a struggle for you?
Yes, when you’re young, people tend to not take you seriously. But I proved all of them wrong. I’m still in it, I’m still going, and I’m more hungry than ever for this world of music. It’s what I eat, sleep, and breathe.
What passions, besides music, do you have?
I’m currently in school, but I’m really interested in real estate, surprisingly. But I fell into the HGTV hole. I’m very interested in house flipping.
Any advice for other young artists out there?
It’s not easy, and it doesn’t happen overnight. But anything worth working for is hard. It’s very much about having the mentality to go out there and do what you love, and not letting anyone get in your way. At the end of the day, the only person that can stop you is yourself. If you have the confidence and the drive, you can do anything.