Latin Artist on the Rise: Cami on Scoring a Grammy Nod With Ultra-Personal Album ‘Monstruo’

Born out of a state of vulnerability, Cami’s Monstruo is a potent pop-rock album with profound and achingly personal lyrics that touch on heartbreak, lust and grief.

The bold album scored the emerging Chilean singer-songwriter her first Grammy nomination: Monstruo is up for best Latin rock or alternative album against Fito Paez’s La Conquista del Espacio, Lido Pimienta’s Miss Colombia, Cultura Profética’s Sobrevolando and Bajofondo’s Aura.

Monstruo is a super intimate album. I wrote it from a dark, vulnerable place and in a state of transition,” the 24-year-old singer says. “It’s beautiful to see that these types of songs can connect with people.”

Growing up in a musical household, Cami learned to play the flute at age 6 and would listen to anything her parents played. “I listened to all types of music and that helped me so much when it came to motivation and inspiration,” she says. “I’d listen to classical, salsa, tango, folk, just about everything.”

Crediting her dynamic sound to her diverse upbringing, Cami is hesitant to box herself into one genre. “I’m still discovering my sound. I’m on a constant search because I’d hate to feel comfortable. I mean, I’m happy with what I do, but I don’t want to think that I’ve reached my maximum point. I still have so much more to give.”

For now, Cami is focused on finishing up her third album, which she promises will be “super feminist” and “powerful.”

Learn more about this week’s Latin Artist on the Rise below.

Name: Camila Anastasia Gallardo Montalva

Age: 24

Major Accomplishment: “It’s not clear to me yet so I can’t answer that. I feel like I’m still so young. Right now my biggest accomplishment is to wake up every day. I could say the Grammy nomination, the album, but sometimes we over-romanticize accomplishments, and personally, waking up with the desire to wake up is an accomplishment already. And to be able to connect with myself, my spirituality and to write about stuff that once made me vulnerable but are now my strengths.”

Recommended Song: “‘Monstruo’ because it reaches your a spot in your soul that not many songs can reach. The feeling you get is almost almost cathartic, and sometimes we need to explode.”

What’s Next: “To keep writing for my upcoming third album, which is almost ready. I’m working with producers like Sebastian Krys and Tainy and I’m very happy. It will be a powerful conceptual album. Monstruo was about heaven and hell, and this one will be about the cosmos and the universe. A super feminist universe with profound lyrics. It’s an album I wrote in my house during quarantine and I entered a space within myself I had yet to enter because of fear. But now more than ever, it’s important for music to have a message and for me to tell my story.”