Twenty-year- old Haley Mae Campbell is well on her way to becoming one of Music Row’s shining new stars. Her recent single, “Lose My Number,” peaked as a #5 pre-order on the iTunes Country Chart and debuted at #43 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart. She’s received local and regional radio airplay and even been named the 2016 Independent Tone Awards’ “Country Artist of the Year” as well as “Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year” by the i93.7 Locals Only show, all in support of her previous EP, Phone Home.
Campbell (a multi-instrumentalist who counts guitar, violin, and piano among her talents) began busking on the streets of Charleston when she was only 13 years old. Coffee shop gigs followed and, immediately upon high school graduation, Campbell started crisscrossing the U.S. with her band, The Hardware, on their “Hugs & Disses Tour.” Since then, Campbell has opened for country stars including Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, David Nail, Lauren Alaina, Love and Theft, Thompson Square and Tyler Farr as well as folk stars The Avett Brothers and performed alongside headliner Sheryl Crow at Charleston’s 9th Annual First Flush Festival.
New York-born and South Carolina-raised, Campbell’s music is a hybrid of city slicker sass and small-town sensibilities, mixing rock-style vocals with a country-style twang.
“Lose My Number,” is a spirited, radio-ready Pop Country tell-off to a “loser ex-boyfriend” while new single “Oughta Be,” which will be released on March 23, 2018, is a violin-laden barnstormer of hope and longing. Both appear on Campbell’s upcoming six-song sophomore EP, Lovers Lottery, set for an April 27, 2018, release.
“‘Lovers Lottery’ is the first work I’ve created that I feel is a great representation of my style, personality, and direction. With my recent move to Nashville, I think the time is right for me to make my first impression on fans and the industry with this project,” says Campbell.
And what an impression she’s made so far – Campbell turned heads at the 2018 Country Radio Seminar when iHeartRadio personality and tastemaker Bobby Bones called the pint-sized artist out during a panel and asked her to sing on the spot for an industry-only room of hundreds. Belting the “Star-Spangled Banner,” Campbell held her own, and Music Row was lit abuzz.
At once playful and determined, Campbell is ready to knock down doors as she continues her ascent to stardom; however, she insists she’ll never lose sight of why she chose to make music in the first place. Says Campbell: “My music is a reflection of my life experience and it comes from the heart. With every song, the goal in mind is to take the listener on a journey, paint them a picture and involve them in the story. I think that is truly what makes music special – when it can transport you to a different state of mind.”