Camile Youssef made a promising statement when asked what she wished to achieve from her album, “I want to write music that helps my soul, and others as well. Music that means something to someone - even if it’s just one person.” This may seem naive from a new and still developing artist, but it’s paired with a positive, nonsense free attitude which drives genuine belief in her.
Camile’s roots in music started early and her devotion carried into her college years as she participated in Jazz and Chorale Ensembles from '98 to '01. Youssef completed a minor in Vocal Performance.
In '05 she stepped out of her square and started Morning Breath, a full voice band of which she sang and wrote the music. Eventually the band split upon the lost of their drummer, but reformed in '06 with a new name: Supatheif. This time the band managed recordings and preformed at New York hot spots: 169 Bar, The Alphabet Lounge, Trash Bar and Bar East.
Unfortunately, neither band developed a following and Youssef began to feel pressure of carrying those who never shared her intensity and passion for giving back what music has given her over the years.
“To me, music is a comforter, an escape, a motivator, it’s whatever I need it to be; there’s always a song to support my feelings. Music is the greatest friend I’ve had. It lets me know I’m not by myself in my thoughts and feelings.”
For the following three years Youssef spent her time developing and finding her own unique, acoustic sound, writing new material and preforming in places like Bar On A, Yippe Music Cafe and The Alphabet Lounge.
It’s hard to pin a genre to Youssefs sound, most likely because of the broad influence that inspired her through the production of this album: 311, Ella Fitzgerald, Nirvana, Ani DiFranco and Primus. Each song shows her ability to write raw, naked lyrics that highlight her melodic vocals and simple progressions. Youssef truly supplies her listeners with the bare essentials.