About Craig Campbell
Pure, True, Country
If you want it, go and get it. That is the sentiment that has driven Craig Campbell throughout his life and the one that has landed him a contract with Bigger Picture Group, one of today’s hottest new music companies. Armed with a solid grasp on his desire to make it in country music, he loaded up his dreams and headed north to Nashville from his South Georgia hometown of Lyons with miles of music behind him and many more ahead. He is an authentic country singer/songwriter that will bring tried and true tradition back to the forefront.
Like many country artists, Campbell began singing at an early age. He started playing piano at 7, providing music for his church until graduating from high school. During this time, he was a two-time local winner of the national Jimmy Dean/True Value Country Showdown at ages 15 and 18 respectively, after the loss of his father from colon cancer and his sister’s sudden death a few years later. It was his sister who helped him pick the songs and pushed him to enter the Country Showdown. Obviously shattered by these unprecedented circumstances at such a young age, one might want to just crawl into a hole, but Campbell put his best foot forward and grabbed his determination and moved through it. “This was a very trying time for me and I felt that if I didn’t follow through with my music, I might not be here today,” says Campbell.
Upon graduation, he took a job with the Georgia Department of Corrections – but quickly resigned to play music full-time. He started his band – Out of the Blue – with a good friend in 1999, playing juke joints throughout South Georgia while holding down a house band gig at a club in his hometown. Not wanting to be a cover band, they disbanded and he headed to Nashville in 2002 and later joined Tracy Byrd’s band playing piano in 2005, marrying Mindy Ellis and starting a family.
“I knew I needed to play my own music and be seen. So, I went down to Lower Broadway in Nashville and scored a residency at The Stage,” he says. “This was perfect. I was developing a fan base with the customers and more importantly some of the staff. The Stage’s manager Kim Trosdahl was tenacious in her desire to have people come and see me. She got BPG’s Michael Powers down to see me. His excitement kept growing and he told me ‘I get more impressed each time I see you and I am going to bring Keith down’.” In August of 2008, Keith Stegall made it to The Stage, found the excitement Powers was preaching and invited Campbell to drop by the office. Within three days of meeting Keith, Craig was doing demos for his publishing company.
This relationship grew, but was just that, a relationship and confidence builder for Campbell as the company was diligently ramping up to open their offices. “When Keith said ‘be patient’, I got it, but it was hard,” says Campbell. “But, in 2009, I was officially offered a partnership with BPG and immediately began writing for the publishing company and working on putting my record together. To me, my style of music and Stegall are the perfect musical match. And then when I got to know him, it was all over, we just gelled.”
Campbell hooks you right in from the first note. With his convincing and deeply strong baritone, his debut single “Family Man” is an ode to his nature and his future. Currently, performing at The Stage and spending time traveling from coast to coast introducing himself and his music is keeping him busy this summer as he gears up for his upcoming tour.
He is impacting the charts early, his five-song digital EP has already been TOP 20 on ITUNES and he is just getting started. His full length release is forthcoming and will include the “best of the crop” of Campbell-penned tunes.
Craig Campbell is a true country artist, inspired by many, yet forging his own brand of music that should become a mainstay on the country charts. “I am a big fan of the ‘Class of ’89’ which includes Clint Black, Shenandoah and Alan Jackson. So, to have Keith as my producer after hearing all of those Jackson classics; is something that makes me pinch myself daily,” says Campbell.
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