Cam delivered a TEDx Talk—“Life Can Be Tough. Music Can Help.”—and performance on Jan. 21 in front of a live audience at the University of Nevada in Reno.
TEDx Talks were created in the spirit of TED Talks’ mission of supporting “ideas worth spreading” and they are planned and coordinated under a license granted by TED Talks. Initially, TEDx event coordination Dr. Bret Simmons reached out to Cam to perform at the conference, but after learning that Cam previously worked at psychology labs at both Stanford and Berkeley, he invited her to speak about the power music has on the human condition.
“It only lasted about 11 minutes . . . but I was more terrified than I’ve ever been in my life,” said Cam. “To share knowledge publicly means I had to first believe that I have knowledge worth sharing—and questioning myself is pretty much my superpower.”
During the conference, Cam also performed three songs—“Burning House,” “Runaway Train” and “Village”—from her debut album, Untamed. In addition, Cam shared the inspiration behind each song.
Watch Cam’s TEDx Talk and performance below.