Launching the very surprising 16-year old guitar whiz Will Tucker (here) was a good idea; doing the same for Kate Cameron, a singer of the same tender years, was not, not quite. The promo literature notes that her chorus teacher instructed Cameron's high school class that "[w]e spend 90% of the time just to get there, 10% living it", and the chanteuse hasn't quite gotten to that 10th percentile yet.
That she will indeed arrive one day is pretty much assured, as the girl knows how to write—though not well enough to challenge the charts—and how to sing but not from a life perspective, and that makes all the difference. She's reading her own material but the inflections reveal a hollow passion derived from observation, not experience. Hey, she's only 16, she's entitled. God help that high schoolers should carry the burdens and years of well vetted adults.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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