BIO | FOUNDING MEMBER GUILDWORKS 2010-2012
Kate Campbell’s endearing, clear-water vocal delivery, eloquent gift for storytelling (which has drawn repeated comparisons to such bastions of the Southern writing tradition as Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty and William Faulkner) and easy command of a full-range of American music styles, have combined to earn Campbell recognition as a formidable talent.
As the daughter of a Baptist preacher from Sledge, Mississippi, Kate's formative years were spent in the very core of the civil rights movement of the 1960's, 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, country, gospel, and folk music.
I have always loved reading mystery books. When I am working on a song it's like the Universe trying to give me clues along the way. For me, SONGWRITING provides a way to dialogue and explore the MYSTERY of it all—the mystery of our lives and our living; stories of hardship and blessing, every day eccentricities, amazing grace and faith. When I write a SONG I can write/say/sing into things I have trouble expressing any other way. Music reaches even to what’s behind the lyrics - underneath the music - somehow connecting everything with everything else - everyone with everyone else in seemingly magical moments of clarity. It’s this mystery that Trappist monk Thomas Merton wrote about when, as he looked at people around him, crossing the street, walking, going to stores, he saw them all SHINING like the sun.
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