An Outside Perspective: An Interview with Camille Peruto

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In the last year and a half, Camille Peruto has learned the importance of perseverance and not giving up on her dreams.

She went from working as a full-time singer-songwriter to absolutely nothing in a matter of days. No live shows, no recording sessions at the studio. Suddenly the job-that-doesn’t-feel-like-a-job was the hardest one to rely on.

Despite those obstacles, Peruto continued writing music. She adapted to the new normal of live streaming performances, and counted down the days until cancelled events could be rescheduled.

“It was 100% worth the hard work and resilience,” she said. “Now I am releasing new music, playing shows again, and I definitely don’t take it for granted anymore.”

Her latest single, “Pretty on the Outside”, is her first since 2019. It is a song that she had held on to for quite some time and finally felt like it was ready to be shared with the world.

“It’s about seeing life [as] it really is underneath its outer layer, which may appear perfect to someone’s outside perspective,” she said. “Nothing is really how it seems.”

The lyrics to “Pretty on the Outside” are fairly open-ended, giving the listener a chance to relate in their own way. It is a gentle reminder to never judge a book by its cover. A seemingly perfect person can be hiding trauma beneath that smile. An intimidating exterior can be a shield to an ongoing personal crisis. Whatever the truth may be, it is all about giving someone a chance.

“Pretty on the Outside” will be one of the songs on her upcoming album, Perfect Vision. The album itself gives a peek into Peruto’s life through her eyes, with this first single being one of the darker songs on the album.

“It is very real and honest, and it is a great preview to the rest of the album, both production wise and theme wise,” she said.

Camille Peruto is beyond ready to share the clever metaphors, memorable hooks and vivid lyrical imagery of Perfect Vision. As she prepares for the release, she reflects on how the last year and a half has encouraged her to continue to pursue her dreams.