Since making her recording debut in 1995 with the heart-rending Songs from the Levee, singer/songwriter Kate Campbell has managed to include the likes of Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, and the heart of the Muscle Shoals classic soul and R&B hit-making machine as both admirers of and collaborators in her distinctly literate musical vision.
Her endearing, clear-water vocal delivery; eloquent gift for storytelling; and easy command of a full range of American musical styles have combined to earn Campbell recognition as a formidable talent by critics, musicians, and a discerning public. Kates Moonpie Dreams (1997) and Visions of Plenty (1998) each garnered Folk Album of the Year nominations from the Nashville Music Awards, and Rosaryville (1999), Wandering Stranger (2001), and Monuments (2002) extended the upward-bound arc.
As the daughter of a Baptist preacher from Sledge, MS, Kate spent her formative years in the very core of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and the indelible experiences of those years have shaped her heart, character, and convictions ever since. As a child of the South, her musical tastes were forged in the dampered, smoky fires of soul, R&B, Southern rock, and folk music.
Kate Campbells songs continue to inspire and excite a growing audience. In February 2003, Ballet Memphis performed a ballet titled South of Everything featuring songs from each of Kates six CDs.
This artist appears in Jubilee #416: Peter Case/Kate Campbell.