Craig Campbell Inks New Record Deal
"It's an amazing feeling. I've had my eyes on them and am just in awe of how they have been breaking artists and are having so much success in being a powerhouse record label," he tells Billboard. "Some people would call them an independent, but they have been kicking everybody's butt. I wanted what they have, and after Bigger Picture closed, I made a call, and the Good Lord shined love down on me and got me a meeting with them, and the rest is history. I'm so excited."
Campbell ended up at Red Bow with the help of Thompson Square's Kiefer Thompson, who worked with label owner Benny Brown on a sister label. Campbell says that the match with Brown will be good for his music.
"Benny is a music man, and he's got a great track record of picking great songs. He loves country music, and that's what I am," he says. "I don't want to pigeonhole myself into being a more traditional sound, but I do feel that is where I fit. He gets it. He understands me and my music, and that's another reason I wanted to be over there."
When Bigger Picture closed in May, Campbell's single 'Keep Them Kisses Comin'' was nearing a spot on the Top 10, so he says that he took matters into his own hands. The song eventually landed the No. 9 spot on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and became Campbell's first Top 10 single.
"When it closed, I was deflated. But, after thinking about it, I realized I was still working and doing my thing," the Georgia native says. "The song was a hit song, so I became my own radio guy. I started calling stations and asked them not to give up on me because we didn't have a record label. Sure enough, we were able to move the song about six more spots after it closed, which was a testament to the song and the relationships I had out in radio."
"It wasn't until we listened to the album that I realized that it wasn't a joke," Campbell recalls. "I've never had another artist record one of my songs. When we got the call that Garth was going to record one of my songs, I didn't believe it ... It was a dream come true!"
No information has been released as to when fans can expect new music from Campbell, but the song selection process is in the works.
"Benny has made it very clear that he wants to be happy and he wants me to be happy," Campbell says. "At the end of the day, we all have to be proud of the album. We've been listening to songs, but haven't sat down and made any final decisions. But I have a feeling that meeting is going to come very soon."