Saturday, December 8, 2012

The SI Unit of Swag: Brittany Campbell

A few weeks ago I did a write-up (click HERE to read it) on NYC artist Brittany Campbell, who I fell in love with after witnessing her kill it on stage at Tammany Hall over the summer.  She recently contacted me about writing an artist bio for her press kit! It's posted below, check it out! 

Dubbed by Next Magazine as “Brooklyn’s pop princess,” Brittany Campbell is a singer, songwriter, and producer making a splash in the NYC music scene with her infectious and eclectic mix of pop-hip-hop-Motown tunes. A classically trained NYC native, Brittany dazzles crowds night after night with her notoriously energetic and upbeat performances. Her stripped down acoustic set accompanied by a guitar display her impressive vocal abilities reminiscent of Gloria Gaynor and Lauryn Hill. Her vast array of influences include Amy Winehouse, Aaliyah, Phil Spector, Robyn, and Timbaland.

Born in 1989, Brittany’s knack for music wasn’t initially pop. Her multi-faceted musical arsenal began to blossom after winning the Rosa Ponsell Opera Competition at Carnegie Hall, which subsequently landed her multiple performances at the MET. After appearing on stage in productions such as Broadway’s A Christmas Carol and The Civil War, she went on to pursue her musical education at Carnegie Mellon, graduating with a BFA in Musical Theater. Shortly after, Brittany realized her raison d’ĂȘtre was to make music.

In the summer of 2009, Brittany was picked up by Sony producer/engineer and Grammy Award winner Rich Keller. The pair worked on making music together until Brittany discovered the NYC nightlife scene and the influx of uncanny style, music, and inspiration it brought with it. Her music evolved to become more dance orientated which is made evident by crowd favorites such as “Clown” and “Call Me Baby.”

Brittany was adopted into nightlife after drag queen goddess Epiphany beckoned her on stage at Sugarland where she sang one of her own songs entitled “Nerd.”  The next day she found herself opening for Katy Perry at popular NYC gay club “Splash,” and has been making a mark on staple venues such as Highline Ballroom, Greenhouse, and Webster Hall ever since.

Now the SI Unit of swag, Brittany’s unique sound has also cultivated a relationship with her style. As a street artist she paints her own clothes, dawning her usual snapback and colorful attire on stage and off. Her visual and musical aesthetic blur the lines of punk and urban and pay homage to NYC’s cultural foundations.

In 2011 she released her debut EP, Nerd. She then released her full-length album Black Summer in 2012,followed by several music videos for “Let Me Stay a While,” “Oh Way Oh,” and crowd pleaser “Call Me Baby.” Coroneted as “Rnb songtress” by Source Mag, Brittany is the recipient of various awards such as Best Pop Record for “Call Me Baby” and MTV’s Ourstage for Best Female Vocalist.

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