Working to the traditional side of contemporary country, singer, songwriter, pianist and Georgia native Craig Campbell is blessed with a deep, expressive voice, an awareness of the genre’s history and a no-gimmicks approach to performance that brings out the sincerity in his songs.
Born in Lyons, Ga, Campbell played piano at his mother’s Baptist church from the age of ten until he was 18 and his home was filled with the sound of gospel music, but he also fell under the spell of country music, particularly Travis Tritt, whose gospel-fueled delivery suited Campbell’s own vocal style. In 2002 he relocated to Nashville, quickly immersing himself in the music scene there, landing a steady gig at The Stage, one of the biggest clubs in historic Lower Broadway and doing demo sessions for other singers. Fellow Georgian Luke Bryan suggested Campbell try his hand at writing his own songs, and in time he mastered the craft, honing his original material at gigs.
Georgians like Campbell are dominating the country music scene these days, and he believes it’s partly because they share genuine rural country roots and a similar work ethic. Like other artists, Campbell has made sacrifices for the sake of a music career, but he says, “There’s nobody who wants it more than me.”
Check out Craig Campbell's track, "Keep Them Kisses Comin'" below.