Meet Camryn

TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton chats with singer and songwriter Camryn

Oct 29, 2012 | By TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton
BRENDA IASEVOLI

Singer and songwriter Camryn is heating up the airwaves with her single “Set the Night on Fire.” Earlier this year, the 13-year-old newcomer toured with singer Greyson Chance and boy band One Direction. She recently completed a fund-raising concert series at schools throughout Southern California. The money raised went to each school’s art and music programs. Her latest single, “Now or Never,” is a big hit in Europe and online. The best part of this experience for the young artist? “It’s amazing to be onstage and see the crowd reacting to your songs,” Camryn told TFK. “But my really favorite part is meeting the fans after each concert.” TFK Kid Reporter Amelia Compton caught up with Camryn at the TIME offices in Los Angeles, California. The singer reveals how she got into the music business, what it was like to tour with Greyson Chance and One Direction and much more!

TFK:

How did you get your start in the music business?

CAMRYN:

When I was about eight years old, I recorded some of my songs and I sent them to a bunch of managers. That's how I got my manager. After that, everything started flowing into what's going on now. It's been a fun process.

TFK:

What was it like touring with Greyson Chance and One Direction?

CAMRYN:

The Greyson Chance tour was my first tour ever. I was so scared. But for the One Direction tour I was a little more prepared. I love being on stage, so the whole experience has been amazing.

TFK:

Where do you get the ideas for the songs that you write?

CAMRYN:

I get ideas from personal experience or from people I know who are going through something. For example, one of the things that I really love is having fun, obviously because fun is fun. So with "Set the Night on Fire" I wanted to have a really fun dance song. We incorporated going to parties and just letting loose.

TFK:

What is one of your favorite songs?

CAMRYN:

I really like this new song called "Let's Go Back." I haven't released it yet, but I do perform it on tour. It basically says let's go back to the way it was when we were so in love. It's a little more rock and really fun to sing.

TFK:

What do you like most about performing?

CAMRYN:

I really love being on stage, but that's the typical answer. One of my really, really, really favorite parts is meeting the fans afterwards. It's really fun because the fans give me feedback on my music.

TFK:

How many hours a day do you practice? Is it exhausting?

CAMRYN:

It depends on the day and it depends on what I'm doing. When I'm not touring, I do singing lessons about three times a week for up to an hour. But if I’m doing a show, I usually have rehearsals for about five hours. It's hard.

TFK:

Why did you decide to do concerts for schools?

CAMRYN:

There aren’t many artists who are touring right now. The One Direction tour doesn’t start until next year. There really are no good tours to put me on, so we decided to go directly to my main audience. That's how the school tour got started. It was fun.

TFK:

What do you enjoy most about doing these concerts for students?

CAMRYN:

I’m home schooled. So when I do these concerts, I get to go to school, like actual school, and get that experience all over again.

TFK:

What has been the reaction of students to your music?

CAMRYN:

Sometimes it can be really good and sometimes it can be brutal. You never know. Middle schoolers are really honest. Sometimes they’ll stand up and dance and have the best time ever. Other times, they are too scared to come up and talk to me or they'll just sit down during the show. When nobody's moving I start to think, “Why don't they like me?”

TFK:

Can you share any good feedback you got from a fan?

CAMRYN:

Recently, on the high school tour, a girl came up to me and said, "I play piano and I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue. But after watching you guys, I know for sure I'm never going to stop." That was amazing. It made me feel really good. It made me feel like I accomplished something.

TFK:

What do you do when you're not performing? Do you have any hobbies?

CAMRYN:

I'm learning how to speak Mandarin Chinese. It's so hard, but I sort of like it, depending on what I have to learn. It gets complicated. You have to speak in like four different tones. If you say something in the wrong tone, you could be saying a completely different word.

TFK:

Why did you decide to learn Mandarin Chinese?

CAMRYN:

I have a really big fan base in Asia. One of the main spoken languages is Mandarin. A lot of the time they won't let you on the radio shows or on the TV shows unless you speak a little Mandarin. So I was like, okay, let's try this.

TFK:

What do you hope to be doing 10 years from now?

CAMRYN:

I hope to be performing and touring a lot. I want to have a couple albums out. I really just want to keep doing what I love.

TFK:

How do you balance school into your schedule?

CAMRYN:

I'm home schooled so if I'm working, I only have to do three hours of school. I usually do my schoolwork at a hotel or, if I'm performing, at the venue. It gets difficult and it's really tiring, especially after I’ve worked all day. But I know I have to push through it. I have no choice. You have to decide that you do this now or you do it later. Either way, it's going to happen.