The Museum’s Grand Foyer is the perfect backdrop to this acoustic performance of Campbell’s latest official single, 'Don’t Move'.
Accompanied by the rich, haunting tones of the 33-strong gospel a cappella choir Jubilation and the steady percussion of Chris O'Connor, under the musical direction of Victoria Kelly, it’s a spine-tingling rendition that’s every bit suited to this majestic setting.
Not afraid to push the boundaries, Campbell was excited to strip away the electronic elements of her latest song and let her powerful lyrics and smooth vocals speak for themselves. Elegant and self-assured, she evokes the strength and beauty of the soaring neo-classical columns as her voice rises to the ceiling high above. The overall effect is at once moody, fearless and invigorating.
Campbell has a musical maturity that belies her 19 years. The singer-songwriter from Meadowbank, Auckland, first began writing lyrics and penned her debut song ‘Dirty Water’ when she was 14. Another early piece, 'Ambition', was a finalist in the 2012 Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition.
Campbell’s debut track, 'Insane', introduced listeners to her honest, soul-infused sound. Released in early 2016, along with another exciting offering, 'Rough Baby', the tracks give insight into what we can expect of her debut EP. It’s a collection of songs about relationships and people, and incorporates the themes of honesty, everyday emotions, and dealing with others.
In 2015, Campbell welcomed the rare opportunity to work with producer and musician Simon Ratcliffe from English electronic duo Basement Jaxx. The pair finished and recorded 'Don’t Move' in London, and Campbell gave her first live performance of the song when she opened the 2016 Silver Scroll Awards in September.
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