“SINGER, INTERRUPTED” That’s me. Always wanted to be a singer. Sang as much as I could. As a kid I was a closet singer--memorizing and practicing for hundreds of hours, in my bedroom or while my mom was out of the house--the songs of Motown, Bacharach, Sergio Mendes, Sinatra, Streisand, Jim Webb, Marilyn & Alan Bergman, Michel LeGrand, and the Carpenters. In school and church I gained experience performing in several groups. Later, more experience as I sang the country music nightclub circuit for three years in southern California. I received validation and encouragement from the renowned vocal coach to the stars, Seth Riggs, author of “Singing for the Stars”. After the three years of playing clubs, I was finally headed for Nashville. A move was in the works -- the dream so close I could hardly fail to touch it. If you want your dream, you just go after it and let nothing stop you. That’s what they say. Right? No. Not always. Sometimes Life gets in the way, and you have to step out and take care of things that matter most at the time. That’s what happened. An unforeseen family crisis, and everything changed. I was devastated, in all ways. I put the music away and went back to teaching high school to take care of my family.
But sometimes the same life that seems not to cut you any breaks will surprise you with an unexpected opportunity. In the summer of 2010, I met David Rashed, Canadian singer, songwriter, producer, member of the band, Haywire, and recipient of gold and platinum records. With encouragement from Rashed, I worked in his studio over two summers—writing and recording. The result is the CD, “Gotta Dance” – seven original songs I co-wrote with Rashed and five favorites from my club-performing days. My songs aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and are available on I Tunes. On my website, www.kimcampbellmusic.com, you will find links to my songs and a music video shoot with Rashed, “Edge of Change”. I invite you to look and listen while I happily pick up where I left off.