"The sharing of me being vulnerable and saying these stories and them giving these stories back to me--it makes us realize we are not struggling alone," Cam said during her emotional and powerful Tedx Talk earlier this year. The country breakout star stopped by the University of Nevada, at the urging of event coordinator Dr. Bret Simmons, to discuss the healing power of music and how it has changed her life. Not only did she reflect on her own personal journey but she shared an incredibly emotional story of one fan who lost her brother and has a son with autism. "Are you getting the most you can out of music? I really want to remind you that music is not just the background at a shopping mall, it's not just weekend entertainment. It's a tool that our species developed to help us heal ourselves and soothe our souls," she said.
She added, "Music carries the burden of our heartbreak. It allows us to process grief. It reminds us that good things are coming and it lets us know that we are not struggling alone. So let music do its job. Life can be tough, Music can help."
Cam later reflected in a press statement: "It only lasted about 11 minutes... but I was more terrified than I've ever been in my life. To share knowledge publicly means I had to first believe that I have knowledge worth sharing (and questioning myself is pretty much my superpower). Then came the task of crafting a speech (NOT a song. Very different, for the record) that could help people see the world in a new way: A world that is full of music and has always been full of music. Why that's not an accident. How we need music on a basic human level. It's not new information, but it's just often forgotten that music is an essential part of our humanity. I couldn't let people miss out on that understanding."
The singer also performed several cuts from her acclaimed debut album, Untamed, including "Burning House," "Village" (which she wrote about a friend who lost someone dear) and "Runaway Train."
Recently, Cam nabbed a nomination for New Female Vocalist at the 52nd annual ACM Awards. She is currently working on her second album.
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Watch her Tedx Talk and performance below: