Lots of change…Isn't that a constant truth?! Here we go...
I am officially changing my artist/stage/performance name to Cami Maree. You may have already seen this change on social networking sites, and my website. Though Cami Lundeen will still be out there for some time, and will continue to lead you to the same place, Cami Maree is what I will be going by.
For a while now, performing has been the means of supporting my family. I am very fortunate to have been able to support them, and also fortunate to play music for a living, but it takes a great toll. It takes a toll on me physically, emotionally, and creatively.
When I first started writing and performing I felt a very specific purpose in what I was doing. When someone tells you your music was the only thing that helped them through a devastating circumstance you don’t take that lightly. I don’t take that lightly. In my opinion that is the greatest compliment I can receive as an artist.
My purpose with my music, yes, is to entertain, but my greater purpose, I feel, is to impact lives. To give hope. To help others know they are not alone. To be an encouragement. An inspiration.
Over the last few years playing more “gigs” and fewer “concerts; with performing being my sole income, I have felt a great sense of loss. I have had shows every once in a while that would bring that purpose back, and be soul filling for myself and others; and the gigs I do play I am very grateful for, but overall I feel the absence of my true purpose.
Physically the gigs continue to get more and more difficult for me. I suffer from three chronic conditions that are greatly affected by performing in the respect that I am currently (long hours and very late nights of entertaining).
All of this is why I have made the decision to go back to school. I will be finishing my degree in an area that is true to my soul, and will not only compliment my music career, but will allow me to provide for my family, take better care of my health, and focus my music where it belongs.
And again, due to everything previously stated, I have had a renewal of self, a renewal of purpose, and I am redirecting the path of my next album. I am currently working on a music video for the title track (different from what I originally planned) that I plan to release along with a Kickstarter campaign in the beginning of 2018.
If you have made it to the end with me please respond with the time and place your first saw/heard my music.
As always, I thank you so much for your love and support!