Feature: Camila Cabello
Commonly misread as Cam-milla Ca-bell-oh, but properly pronounced as Cam-eela Ca-bay-oh, this Cuban-American singer, dancer, all around bad a** woman is about to take 2018 by storm.
Camila started off her career on The X Factor as a member of Fifth Harmony, one of the largest girl groups since the Spice Girls. The group toured globally and broke records with their music. Camila, however, found that after a few years of being apart of the group that she needed to go on her own in order to find happiness in her work. Being able to present ideas that were truly and individually her own was important to her, and so, she began her journey as Camila Cabello: the woman who was set to dominate the music industry.
Her first piece away from the Fifth Harmony label was a collaboration with musical friend Shawn Mendes on the song “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” From there, she announced the project of her first solo album, with the release date in the open.
Lucky for us, the release date just passed on January 12, and the charts are roaring with Camila love. The album, originally titled The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving., has a great mix of both upbeat, dance around your room with your best friends tunes, and sit in your bed with candles lit and wallow ballads. She tells her story of growing from both the obstacles she faced in her childhood and from her past with Fifth Harmony, and goes on to tell the public how she is doing better than before.
The first song on Camila happens to be the second single from the album. Never Be the Same addresses the power of letting yourself become invested in someone, and letting your heart wander. She sings about how one single instance can change everything, saying, “And I could try to run, but it would be useless/You're to blame/Just one hit, and you will know I'll never be the same.”
Sonically, the album is incredibly cohesive. There are reflections of Camila’s heritage throughout the songs, showing a Cuban flare. Some of the songs can be imagined blaring through speakers at a club, while others make the perfect background music for a late night journaling session.
The album continues to trail on, speaking of the power of relationships and learning to identify the difference between toxic and healthy connections. My personal favorite is the eighth track of the album, “Something’s Gotta Give.” I’m classically a sucker for slower songs, but this one in particular hit me hard. “But all I do is give and all you do is take/Something's gotta change, but I know that it won't/No reason to stay, is a good reason to go,” is sung in the chorus, and speaks truth so loudly. Camila talks about the fact that even when we try to blind ourselves from the flaws of a relationship, there comes a point where someone must take action in order to either end or change it.
Camila Cabello was constantly picked out of the Fifth Harmony reputation, and put on a pedestal of greater pressure. She handled the criticism well, and now embarks a new adventure with her music and her life. Camila is already tackling the music industry, and I know that Camila will be doing exactly the same in just a short while.
Photo courtesy of Billboard.