“Haunting, magical, soothing.”
-The Great Black North Blog
"..Brooke Campbell with whose shivery, breathless voice and deep-toned acoustic guitar playing I fell in love after hearing her perform live. I don't know why she isn't better known-I haven't been more impressed with a singer-songwriter since I first heard Jonatha Brooke."
-Terry Teachout, Drama Critic, The Wall Street Journal - "About Last Night" - Blog
Sugar Spoon is quite Rickie Lee Jones-ish, circa that magnificent first LP, and it's here that a wisely chosen percussion embellishes the keening atmospherics within a sketchily lush skyscape. This continues into Invalid, where Campbell dons clear strong verses in front of a lovelorn piano, a recital for a theater of wistful ghosts, echoes swirling through the curtained shafts of night dust and shadowy spaces. When everything drifts off into the distance, you're left waiting for the second act.
Singer Brooke Campbell's The Escapist isn't a music CD -it's an art piece waiting for itself to complete. She possesses a voice that settles like a bird into a chamber of cellos and violins at first billowing like a Harold Budd composition- until the Björk / Kate Bush encantations center everything and direct the arrangements. The autumn beauty of each piece is sublime, with as much hiding tremulously as emerging and warming itself in the setting sun. Near the close of Sparkle, as in Ice Covers the North, the strings rise and enfold her once more, splicing the mysterious with the earthy.
-Folk & Acoustic Music Review
-Chris Macintosh - WCWP Radio-Long Island
"Genuine, honest, and heartbreaking. Brooke Campbell delivers music that is both stirring and satisfying."
- Jennifer Rosa-Founder/Producer of Music Forum & The Stoop Concert Series (TheStoopNY.com)
"...fine lilting vocals laid atop complex and contorted melody lines. The bare bones quality of “Sparkle” gives off some luminous light with a swell violin-vocal interplay. And “Invalid” is a spare piano ballad in the spirit of Tori Amos. She’s pretty soulful for a white girl and clever enough to weave in and around those difficult, floaty melodies hanging in the air throughout the album. Some might say she sounds like Edie Brickell, but the tone of her voice is better and more appealing. She’s a talented performer who has obviously only scratched the surface of what she’s capable of. Ms. Campbell’s got it goin’ on so far.
CAUGHT IN THE CAROUSEL-March 24, 2013
A Kind of Hush
DENON AUDIO INTERVIEW- January 7, 2011
In the Spotlight with Brooke Campbell
Denon presents an exclusive interview with Brooke Campbell, folk, pop, and bluegrass singer-songwriter known for logging her journey through life in her music.
Brooke’s songs are mostly about her life. When she performs up and down the East Coast, she plays everywhere where people are willing to sit and listen to her soulful songs- playing at colleges, listening rooms, and prayer meeting venues.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m a singer/songwriter, living in New York City. I grew up in Whiteville, N.C., a small town near the coast.
When did you first decide to become a musician, & what inspired you?
Well, I guess I didn’t decide to become a musician; it just started pouring out of me one day. In college, I learned to pray, which I realize, is not typical. But, as soon as I did the music started coming and it hasn’t ever really stopped.
When did you first fall in love with music?
Oh, well the 1st two examples that come to mind when I think about music really opening my heart are singing in the car with my Mom. We would sing harmonies of anything we knew-songs from the fifties, old hymns, Christmas songs in the summer, whatever. The other is with some friends of mine who would gather on a pier at a lake near my house. The guitars would invariably come out. This was long before I played, but God, did I love hearing them and singing along. There was a lot of James Taylor and Indigo Girls.
What is your idea of SOUND Bliss?
There are many states of sound bliss, I suppose. My favorites are extreme clarity-when you can here the rustle in the breath of a singer on a spare recording, hear him readjust the guitar in his lap to reach the next chord or mood within himself. I also love extreme ambience, when the particulars are swollen out into the great mass of the song and the song itself becomes it’s own universe.
When did you first hear of DENON?
I learned about Denon when I met David Frederick on a plane home to North Carolina. We struck up conversation about the city, which led to music talk.
Who are your favorite artists today? And who is doing work that really inspires you?
To be honest, when I live in a big city, I don’t listen to that much music. I crave the silence. I am inspired by other fields. Buildings are important to me. I lived with a couple of architects this year and being around all of their models, watching them cobble ideas out of tissue and cardboard even before that was so amazing to me. Also dance. I have a few friends in the modern dance world here in New York. One friend, whose company, Bodyart, I worked with on a live music/dance piece. We also made a video that I love a lot. It’s on the 1st page of my website. Dance begets lyrics and melody for me. As for music that inspires me – as long as it tells the truth, especially hard truth, I’m usually a fan.
If you could own a piece of sound equipment that would enhance your music or home theater experience, what would that be?
Catch Brooke Campbell by going to her personal website, where some of her songs, like “Stretched Toward You”, can be downloaded. Her album, “Sugar Spoon”, is available for purchase, with a new album slated to come out this Spring. Brooke will be playing at the Tea Lounge in Brooklyn on February 5th, with more dates available to see on her website.