Jessica Campbell & Hannah Miller w/ Alex da Ponte
Dinner Delivery 5:30pm-10:30pm
The Voice. Jessica Campbell’s instrument of choice will definitely get your attention—shake your ears from the doldrums and flood your senses with warmth and conviction.
The Songs. The 3-minute lyrical vignettes of love and loss, dreams and divisions, wrapped in stirring melodies, will harness your heart and keep you coming back again and again.
The Story. Campbell was born and raised in the one-stoplight town of Catawba, North Carolina, where she grew up drinking lots of Cheerwine and Sun Drop (N.C.-based soft drinks); singing gospel, country and show tunes in church and in singing competitions); and belting the National Anthem at ballparks, rodeos, gyms, football stadiums and anywhere else that would have her. She attended college and graduate school at Middle Tennessee State University outside of Nashville, while continuing her musical journey—writing songs, recording, performing at Dollywood (Dolly Parton’s theme park), singing song demos, leading music at church, and touring. Along the way, she got several injections of validation, one being Best Song in the respectable USA Songwriting Competition. Another feat was getting a self-penned song cut by Gordon Mote, the 2-time Academy of Country Music Awards’ Piano Player of the Year. Around 2008, after a few years of odd jobs that included Starbucks, an RV Park, a window sales company, babysitting and cookware sales consultant, Campbell decided it was time to focus her time and energy on her music career. She’s made headway in the film/TV music arena by placing songs in ABC’s “Ugly Betty” and CBC’s (Canada) “Heartland.”
The Now. Jessica Campbell’s new album, Great Escape, is a seamless slice of pop goodness coated with a first class production punch. Released in August 2011, it climbed to the number 5 spot on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart. Great Escape showcases the artist’s rich, angelic voice and swift songwriting development. Produced by Cason Cooley (Katie Herzig, Matthew Perryman Jones, Matt Kearney), who also produced Campbell’s 2008 EP Stealing the Stars, this compelling debut LP ranges from cinematic, dreamy tunes like “4am” and “I Stay You Stay,” to fun, old-fashioned love songs that brim with youthful exuberance (“Falling Falling,” “Sleepy Yellow Ball,” “Great Escape”). “It’s the most personal music I have ever written or recorded,” Campbell says. “I know that I am a better songwriter because I stuck my neck out and took a chance on love.” “Chasing Memories” and “Paper Thin Mirror” kick the energy level up a notch and provide a well-rounded rough edge to the album’s second half. Co-writers include Tami Hinesh, Kyle Lee, Eric Paslay, Kelleigh Bannen and Eric Wilson. Great Escape is a strong collection from an exciting new artist whose talent is undeniable. In December 2011, “Jinglin’ Jingle Bell” (a song from Jessica’s A Merry Christmas EP) was featured on CW’s show “Hart of Dixie”. Fans of Sixpence None the Richer/Leigh Nash, Brandi Carlile, Ryan Adams, Sheryl Crow, Katie Herzig, Jewel, Brooke Fraser and others will find a new musical treasure in Jessica Campbell.