Every so often we will get some music from an artist that had been released a couple weeks ago. In the case of Camille Peruto, we received it almost 6 months after release. And were glad that we received the music because the American Idol alum’s latest album, From The Sea To The Sky, is severely underexposed and underrated. Fortunately for us, we had a chance to sit down with the New Jersey native and chat about her ridiculous touring schedule, the new album, her some of her favorite songs to cover and more!
So Lemonade is proud to present, Camille Peruto!
Lemonade Magazine: Thank you so much for taking the time out of your crazy busy tour schedule, Camille! You have something like 80+ shows between now and December and I’m sure you’ll probably be adding more shows too. What is it like to prepare for such a long stretch of shows?
Camille Peruto: No, thank you! You guys rock. I am very excited for this summer because I love a busy schedule. I have been taking a LOT of vitamin C trying to stay healthy. I work with kids during the day so I am at a slightly higher risk of getting sick than the average musician. I also have been trying to tell myself that every show is different, and to look at them all as a fresh start!
LM: Well, here’s hoping for a healthy summer! You will be performing songs from your debut, Sparrow, and your newest album, From The Sea To The Sky, but you have also covered over 300 songs. What have been a couple of your favorites to cover?
CP: One of my favorite covers to do is “Favorite Things” – no pun intended – from The Sound of Music. I sang that on American Idol and got a standing ovation from the audience! Sadly that part never aired, but it’s an unexpected song that most people love. My cover is very different than the original. I have also been loving covering anything by the Red Hot Chili Peppers!
LM: Oh, that’s a bummer it never aired! I’m sure it was spectacular – (but here is Camille singing “Favorite Things”: HERE). There is so much variety between songs on the new album – a tender love song, an anthem track, a fun pop song. There is some re-invention going on. What set you down the path to create such an eclectic song?
CP: Thank you! That is a huge compliment to me! I think that by listening to all genres of music growing up, I was able to gain an appreciation for everything. Different music inspires me in different ways. I don’t want to be just one genre.
LM: One of my favorite tracks off the new record is “Crazy Crazy Mad”. I have to know, what is the story behind that song?
CP: It’s actually very personal. It’s about someone very close to me who was once energetic, silly, and carefree. Some things happened in life and that person changed a lot. The song is a plea to let go of what holds them back from being who they once were. It’s actually really a sad song for me, but to everyone else it probably comes off differently. I’m happy that it speaks to you and is one of your favorites!
LM: It is beautiful song and thanks for sharing. Songwriting is typically a personal endeavor. What kind of process do you have for writing a song like “Crazy Crazy Mad”?
CP: I wanted to write an angry song to let out my frustration, but I wanted to do it in a way that wouldn’t hurt the person who it’s about. I wrote “Crazy Crazy Mad” one night when I was feeling troubled by a situation. It came together really naturally and connected with me immediately.
LM: Those typically are the best songs. Which track do you have the most personal connection with off From The Sea To The Sky?
CP: You guessed it! “Crazy Crazy Mad” would have to be the most personal. And I’m happy you brought it up because sometimes it gets overlooked. I also am very connected with “Biscuit Moon” because it was written just days into first hanging out with my boyfriend. It’s about that feeling of trying to figure out what you’re looking for, and finding it. It’s really special to me.
LM: Congratulations on your new album. It is wonderful! Thanks again for chatting with us!
CP: Thank you so very much! It’s been my pleasure!
You can pick up the latest LP, From The Sea To The Sky, by Camille Peruto now on her website: HERE. And below is a live version of her track “Biscuit Moon”.