After years of playing the clubs of historic Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville and making connections to grab any gig, Craig Campbell has begun to make a name for himself. His straight-forward and powerful voice along with down-to-earth, relatable songs takes you back to the style of traditional country.
Craig Campbell began by playing piano in his mother’s church and was first rewarded for his musical talent at the age of 15 by winning singing contests sponsored by True Value Hardware. In 2002, he picked up and moved from his hometown in Georgia to move to Nashville. He was able to score some musician jobs and began making connections that would prove to be beneficial. After encouragement from fellow artist Luke Bryan, he began writing songs and recording his own demos. "At first it was a job," Campbell admits. "I wasn't used to it, but then I started writing songs that I thought were kind of cool and I'd play 'em live and people would applaud, and then it started getting to where people were requestin' 'em. It takes on a completely different meaning whenever you can stand up and say, 'Here's a song I wrote.' As opposed to, 'Here's a song I like.’”
It was during his weekly performance slot at The Stage, a Honky Tonk on Lower Broadway, where he won over Bigger Picture Group’s Michael Powers. The company introduced him with the 2010 single “Family Man”. This song was an example of the connection Campbell must feel to each of his songs. "I have to believe every one of my songs," Campbell states. On his debut album, you’ll find salt-of-the-earth songs about America’s working class in his no-nonsense vocal style. Craig Campbell is an artist always true to himself. "It's traditional, back-to-basics, true country music," Campbell says. "It's what I am. I can't be anything else."