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 straightforward and powerful voice along with down-to-earth, relatable songs takes you back to the sound of traditional country artists including Alan Jackson and Randy Travis.
Craig 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 moved from his hometown in Lyons, Georgia to Nashville. After encouragement from fellow artist Luke Bryan, he began writing songs and recording his own demos.
"At first it was a job," Craig 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 requesting them. 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.'"
Craig wrote his debut single, "Family Man." His other hits include "Outta My Head" and "Keep Them Kisses Comin'."
Craig made his Grand Ole Opry debut on October 8, 2010. "I've never been as nervous as I was when I walked onstage with my guitar and stood in the circle where so many country legends have stood," he says. "Playing the Grand Ole Opry was a dream come true!"
"I've never been as nervous as I was when I walked onstage with my guitar and stood in the circle where so many country legends have stood. Playing the Grand Ole Opry was a dream come true!"