Singer-songwriter Camille Trail travelled from her home in Central Queensland to play at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January, and so impressed the audience when she performed with her producer, Shane Nicholson, during his own show that she was offered a record deal with Compass Bros Records. But anyone who’s heard her debut single, ‘Humming Chain’, would not be surprised about that. Trail has been a musician since the age of eight and has dedicated herself to the craft of singing, playing and songwriting since.
Now Trail is releasing another outstanding single, ‘Devil’s Drink’, which has its premiere on this site today ahead of its official release tomorrow, along with the unforgettable video created by The Filmery. ‘Devil’s Drink’ was also produced by Nicholson. Says Trail, ‘I wrote “Devil’s Drink” around the idea of something following you – whether it’s a person or a fear – and no matter what you do, you just can’t shake it off. I struggle with anxiety so this links in with me dealing with the pressures it brings and trying to shake it all off. I hope the song connects because I feel that the message is universal – in one way or another maybe everyone has something they’re trying to outrun.’
The song is taken from Trail’s forthcoming debut album. Nicholson told the audience in Tamworth that Trail is the only artist he’s ever worked with who paid for a recording by selling a couple of bulls. No doubt it was worth it – for him, for Trail, and for the fans she is steadily gathering.
See Camille Trail live:
Friday 28 February – Red Lion Hotel – Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 29 February – Red Lion Hotel – Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 7 March – Red Lion Hotel – Rockhampton, QLD
Friday 27 March – Red Lion Hotel – Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 28 March – Red Lion Hotel – Rockhampton, QLD
Sunday 29 March – Bushfire Fundraiser – Commercial Hotel – Biloela, QLD
Saturday 4 April – The Milk Factory – Brisbane, QLD (w/ Allison Forbes)
Friday 14 August – Great Keppel Island Hideaway – The Keppels, QLD
Saturday 15 August – Great Keppel Island Hideaway – The Keppels, QLD
Queensland singer-songwriter Camille Trail made quite an impact with her debut single, ‘Humming Chain’, released last year. Now she’s heading for her first visit to the Tamworth Country Music Festival, not just as a performer but as a spectator. She is, she says, ‘trying to block out all the expectations and just go there and enjoy it. I kind of put a lot of pressure on myself, so I’m just telling myself just enjoy it.’
Trail will be playing on these dates:
Saturday 18 January – The Albert Hotel (w/ Allison Forbes) – The Press (12 p.m.)
Wednesday 22 January – The Press (3 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Friday 24 January – The Press (5 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
Sunday 26 January – The Press (8 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
Trail first started playing music at the age of eight, when she began piano lessons. She grew up in a household that embraced music.
‘When I was little, every time I would wake up I’d always go out into lounge room and my dad would be sitting in the lounge room, stacks of CDs around him,’ she says. ‘Every morning those CDs were piled everywhere and it was always Fleetwood Mac and Creedence and all like the 60s to 80s music playing.’
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Singer-songwriter Camille Trail grew up and still lives on a cattle station in Central Queensland, and it provides the location for the stunning video that accompanies her debut single, ‘Humming Chain’, which has its premiere today.
Trail has long been a fan of the music of Shane Nicholson, and it is Nicholson who produced the track, which is an evocative, confronting and haunting song about slavery.
Trail has played piano since the age of eight, started writing songs not long after and recently studied songwriting at JMC Academy in Brisbane. ‘Humming Chain’ and the rest of her forthcoming album, Devil’s Drink – also produced by Nicholson – were written while Trail was at the academy.
She says that her driving force in life is her passion for music. ‘I recognise how powerful music is,’ she says, ‘and how it can help people, so if I have the power to be able to do that, that will also be a driving force.’
With such a powerful song to introduce her music to the world, she is well on her way to making a mark.
Watch the video – also making its premiere today – below.