Christine Campbell PEI-born Christine Campbell has released her debut self-titled solo CD. She is returning home to PEI for her CD release on August 3 at the Trailside Cafe in Mount Stewart.
If you’ve ever come across the Halifax band Stone Mary, you’ll know they are a heavy, loud, in-your-face rock band, and award-winners too. They grabbed the Music Nova Scotia loud album of the year for 2011. And, if you’ve seen them, you’ll know that their lead singer, Christine Campbell, is hard-rockin’, full-throated front woman, handling the vocals, lead guitar, and writing the tunes. In that bigger-than-life persona, it’s hard to imagine her, well, quiet. Or at least, quieter.
But take away that Les Paul, get the Stone Mary guys to take a break, and there’s a whole other side to Campbell. Her solo album is an introduction to her roots-and-blues acoustic side. Here she’s showcasing her acoustic guitar chops, her classical training on piano, and a more honey-and-mellow sound in her vocals.
The new album features ten originals, that run through a bunch of her styles, including a soft piano piece, some acoustic blues, roots rock, a little country flavour even. Joining her on the disc are guests Thom Swift, Irish Mythen, and Matt Andersen, who does a full duet with her. Now that’s a seal of approval.
The CD was produced by Miles Gallagher at Fortress Studios in Halifax, and Mastered by Dave Gunning. The album is available at christinecampbellmusic.ca. Tickets for the launch can be purchased at Back Alley Music, 69 University Ave in Charlottetown or at www.ticketbreak.com.