What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
I’d say that I started out as a pop-singer/songwriter, but with my new album I have become more alternative/indie/rock.
Give us a little bio about you.
I grew up in South Jersey and started playing guitar and writing songs when I was 13. I released my first album in 2013. The title track, “Sparrow”, was the most successful off the album and in 2014 I performed it as my audition for American Idol. I made it all the way to Hollywood Week and had a very intense, exciting week in LA. Since then, I have been opening for national touring acts when they come around to Philly. The release of my new album, “From the Sea to the Sky”, helped land me a sponsorship from Larrivee Guitars.
What made you go into music?
I have been a singer since I was a little kid. I’d sing on my Karaoke machine for hours every day, and I’d perform at family members’ weddings, events, etc. I knew I always wanted to perform, but I didn’t start to pursue my dream to be a singer-songwriter until I started playing guitar when I was 13.
Are you signed?
I am not! I am independent, but am currently seeking a label.
You work with the 25/8 PR, how did that come about?
I saw how well another singer-songwriter’s PR had been doing and found out who had been doing it for her. I met my PR person over facebook and truly admire her work ethic a lot. They are awesome!
Tell us more about your new album ‘From The Sea To The Sky?
Ever since my first album came out in 2013 and sold out in 2016, I have been dying to release new music. “From the Sea to the Sky” is an excellent representation of where I am in life right now. I am so proud of it!
What was the writing process like?
I wrote the music over the span of a couple years. Some songs were written around the time “Sparrow” was released. Others were written weeks prior to going into the studio. The songs are all very different. Different genres, different meanings. I do think they flow together nicely though.
What was the recording process like?
It was incredible! My producer was absolutely fantastic. The musicians and engineers were also extremely talented and were able to give me the exact album I wanted. We recorded over the span of 10 days.
Describe each track in two words:
Crooked Roads: Hopeful, Poppy
Biscuit Moon: Endearing, Love
Can’t Get Away: Angry, Story
Silent Melody: Unique, Upbeat
Let Go: Journey, Adventurous
Sword: A Lesson, Complex
The High Road: Pain, Endure
Crazy Crazy Mad: Frustration, a Plea
Set Up a Sail: Uplifting, Calm
Row Ghost: Summer, Big
Lagoon: Unique, Airy
Do you have any gigs or tours coming up?
I have 98 shows booked this summer! Some are radio shows, some are gigs, some full band, some acoustic! I am very excited for the next few months. My schedule is available here: www.camilleperuto.com/tour
If so where will you be heading?
Philadelphia, Atlantic City, most South Jersey Shores, etc!
You also have a music video coming out tell us more about that.
We are filming a video for “Silent Melody”. It is one of the coolest songs on the album and I am really excited for the video!
What was the process like of making it?
It is still in the works 😉 I don’t know much yet!
What can you tell us about the track of the video ‘Silent Melody’?
I didn’t expect it to be on the album. I went into the studio with it as a backup, and the band ended up playing a really cool version that I couldn’t say no to! It is unique to today’s pop music. I think it is pretty commercial but it’s not like anything I have heard before.
Do you play any instruments?
I play guitar!
Who are your influences?
Sara Bareilles, U2, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, The Beatles, RHCP’s, Elton John – so many more.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
I love making stories up in my head. I used to write short stories when I was really young. It was a smooth transition into songwriting! Lately I have been coming up with lyrics and a melody on long car rides home from gigs. Later, I get home and apply them to guitar!
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I hope to be a touring musician with music on TV and radio! I am dreaming big and very hopeful. I am doing all I can to make this happen.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I work in a pre-school!
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
If there was a specific one, it would have been so long ago that I can’t remember. I remember listening to a TON of Beatles on the way to my guitar lessons when I first started playing. I have to credit The Beatles!
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
To let managers/agents come to me rather than actively seek them out (to a point). I still look, but I want someone to love my music and be eager to work with me.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
To get out and play! Build a fanbase and go from there. There are a lot of music-lovers out there, even when it seems like there aren’t. Everybody has talent, so just keep studying and getting better, and good things will come your way.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
I am not much of a quote person; however, I’m never going to give up, so I guess I stick by the quote: “Never give up”!
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
I live in a small down, but I am close to both the Jersey Shore and Philly. I have always loved Ocean City and parks in Philadelphia.
Your straight off tour;
1/ where do you go? Maybe my old high school to visit teachers after my first tour.
2/ who do you see? Friends and family, of course!
3/what do you eat? Sushi at the Oriental Pearl in Haddonfield, NJ! Or Papa John’s Pizza!
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
I can’t forget my guitar, my PA, my iPad (all my cover songs are on it), my request lists, and some positive energy!
If you had to give your younger self advice, what would it be?
I wouldn’t have wanted to release my debut album any earlier than I did. I wouldn’t have been ready. I am also happy that I waited to do a TV show (American Idol). My advice would be to tour early! Get to Nashville, LA and New York and play. I would like to be better acquainted with those areas, and I am excited to be getting started now.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Yes! Thanks for checking out my music: