“It’s ‘Cause I Am”
Written by Callista Clark, Cameron Jaymes, and Laura Veltz
The success of Taylor Swift has made pop-flavored country teen acts inevitable.
As far as that category of singer-songwriter goes, Callista Clark is competent enough. The lyrics are the real star here, with Clark making a more successful attempt at what Kelsea Ballerini was going for with “Peter Pan.” She’s outgrown the guy by her side, but she can’t really hold it against him. “If I seem too complicated for ya,” she sings, “it’s ’cause I am.”
As a record, it’s less successful. Part of the problem is the attempt at a hook in the chorus, with Clark reaching for a high note at the end of each line that she never grabs on to. As for the production, think early Avril Lavigne without any edge. Nothing particularly country, but not well positioned for contemporary pop, either.
Clark is a talent to keep an eye on, but she’s still developing her craft. She’s got time.