Country artist Cameron Marvel Ocha, better known as Cam to fans, friends and family is really “burning the house down” on the radio with her newest single, “Burning House.”
Cam was born in Huntington Beach, California, where she spent most of her days on her grandparents’ farm listening to country artists like Pasty Cline. Although raised in California, Cam looks, acts and sings more like a southern belle with her blonde, almost yellow, curly hair. She is a also a songwriter, penning her own songs as well as co-writing other artists’ songs, such as Miley Cyrus’ “Maybe You’re Right.” Although Cam released her debut song “My Mistake” in 2014, it wasn’t until Cam performed “Burning House” on the well-known “Bobby Bones Show” that she really gained recognition for her talents.
A male country singer usually sings of what he has done wrong to a woman while a female country singer sings of how a man has done her wrong. In contrast to Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” or Miranda Lambert’s “Gun Powder and Lead,” Cam’s lyrics are notably different: she admits she has done a man wrong.
The first line of “Burning House”–“I had a dream of a burning house/you were stuck inside/I couldn’t get you out”–was inspired by a dream.
The backstory of the tune sheds light on a creative process that works for her, creating art from pain.
She knew her on-again-off-again ex-boyfriend from college would be at the same party she would be attending the next day and that she had rudely caused the breakup. She felt guilt, even after all the years, and as she lay in bed that night, she thought of all possible ways to walk up to him and to apologize.
Later, after she fell asleep, she dreamt that her ex-boyfriend’s house was on fire, and despite the warnings from fire officials not to go into the house, the only thing Cam wanted was to hold onto her trapped ex-boyfriend. “Love isn’t all that it seems/I did you wrong,” Cam sings, admitting her fault in the breakup.
The chorus underscores her guilt: “I’ve been sleepwalking/Been wandering all night/Trying to take what’s lost and broken/Make it right/I’ve been sleepwalking/Too close to the fire/But it’s the only place that I can hold you tight/In this burning house.”
Cam’s emotional voice, the music and her descriptive lyrics resonate with her ever-growing fan base, deservedly so.