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Cam wants to have a coffee with you

WANT A COFFEE?: American country music singer Cam will perform at the CMC Rocks music festival.
WANT A COFFEE?: American country music singer Cam will perform at the CMC Rocks music festival. Ninelle Efremova

FANS of rising country music star Cam might be able to grab a coffee with the singer while she's in southeast Queensland next month for CMC Rocks.

The California native (real name Camaron Ochs) has begun tweeting impromptu invitations to her fans and she's keen to continue the trend while she's Down Under.

"I've been touring with Brad Paisley and for the past three or four weeks now and every morning when the bus pulls in we'll go for a coffee. I'll just tweet it out for fans to come along," she said.

"We hang out and usually there's a story they have to share. It's a nice, real interaction. Most of the time at shows I get to see their faces but afterwards it's a really quick 'hi' because there are a lot of people."

But the 31-year-old's expectations around her first-ever visit to Australia might be a little skewed.

"The only interaction I've had with Australians so far is whenever I travel they're the adventurous, fun, good-looking ones," she laughed.

"I've got the full band coming, which is going to be really cool. I don't have any way of knowing how many people in Australia know my music yet, so I'm excited to see who's singing along."

Cam is part of a new generation coming up the ranks of America's country music scene.

She decided to pursue music in her mid-20s after studying psychology at the University of California Davis.

She was working in a research lab at Stanford University when a professor's wise words encouraged her to take a leap of faith.

"I had always been doing music on the side, but I was afraid to jump all the way in," she said.

"I hit this point at 25 where I needed to decide if I was going to give music a chance.

"My professor said 'picture yourself at 80 years old and looking back at your life, what would you regret not doing: music or psychology?'"

Cam moved to Los Angeles where she recorded demos for Faith Hill, one of which got picked up by Maggie Rose for her debut album.

After Miley Cyrus used her song Maybe You're Right on her 2013 album Bangerz, Cam moved to Nashville and started a crowd-funding campaign to fund the recording of her own debut album.

"I finally got to where I was thinking about should I just be a writer or an artist? I thought if I'm going to bet everything on a dream, why not do the whole thing? I want these to be my stories and I want to sing them," she said.

"I asked my friends and family to donate so I could fund a real album. It was super scary but they all responded and we raised $10,000 that way."

She caught the attention of Grammy Award-winning producer Jeff Bhasker and they turned her crowd-funded recordings into her debut album Untamed.

Released last year, Untamed hit No 2 on the US Country chart in large part because of the runaway success of Cam's second single Burning House.

The Grammy-nominated song went platinum and its film clip has been viewed more than 11 million times on Vevo.

She now plans to focus exclusively on writing songs for her own albums.

"Writing is such an intense process, but afterwards I love it," she said.

CMC Rocks will be held at Willowbank from March 11 to 13. Cam plays the main stage on Saturday March 12 at 1.20pm and the second stage on Sunday March 13 at 4.05pm.

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