A relative newcomer to the country music scene, Craig Campbell, this contemporary country star has been blessed with a deep, expressive voice. He has a strong awareness of the genre’s history, and a no-gimmicks approach to performance that brings out the sincerity in his songs.
Growing up in Georgia, Campbell played the piano at his mother’s church from the ages of ten to eighteen. Although his home was filled with gospel music, he was drawn to the country music genre, particularly to the sounds of Travis Tritt, whose gospel-fueled delivery suited Campbell’s own vocal style. As a musically-inclined teenager, Campbell formed a band, Out of the Blue, and began performing in local bars, learning how to put together a performance that would capture the attention of an audience.
In 2002, he relocated to Nashville, quickly immersing himself in the music scene. He met and fell in love with another singer, Mindy Ellis, and the pair eventually married. Campbell also began playing piano in her band, which in turn led to a touring stint with Tracy Byrd. Campbell’s big break came when Keith Stegall caught one of Campbell’s performances – the star was signed to Bigger Picture shortly thereafter and released a debut single, “Family Man” in 2010. He followed followed it with a full-length album, the self-titled Craig Campbell, in 2011, and his second album, Never Regret, in May of 2013.
How excited are y’all to see him perform live at this year’s Ocoee Founders’ Day Festival on Saturday night, November 4th? We can’t wait!