Intro: What’s good everybody? I’m blessed to have the opportunity to interview a strong woman and a powerful songstress…Ms. Gail Campbell!
RD: (opening) Let me first say that it is an honor to have you as the first woman interview for our blog…your presence here is much appreciated!
GC: Hey Bro…. It’s a pleasure to be here… Thank you so much for having me…
RD: How are you doing today?
GC: I’m well…. All of my gigs have been canceled because of this health crisis…. But other than that… I’m so blessed…
RD: What is your mood like at this time?
GC: Mannn…. I’m grateful…. It’s been a great year… and I’m so looking forward to what’s in store…
RD: What was it like for you growing up?
GC: Well…. I had a complicated upbringing…. I had a lot of love …. But we also had a lot of hardship….
I don’t imagine that my life was drastically different than many individuals who grew up in Newark…. Newark is a complicated city…
RD: Where are you originally from?
GC: I’m originally from Newark, Irvington, and East Orange…. Lol… The TriCity…
RD: When did you realize that you had a love for singing/music?
GC: I didn’t realize I had a love for music… because Music was always a part of my life… I come from a family of singers, and artists… So I didn’t see anything special about it… It was just what we do… who I am…. I’m just beginning to realize how special music is and how blessed I am to be one of God’s instruments…
RD: Was your start in music traditionally like other singers…in the church?
GC: No… I wasn’t really raised in the church…. My introduction to music was Heatwave, Blue Magic, Earth Wind and Fire, Aretha, Ella, and Run DMC….LOL… I found the Lord as an adult… and the church definitely helped me find my voice….
RD: In one word, what “title” would you give your musical style?
RD: What is the source of inspiration for your songs/music?
GC: I’m inspired by brave artists like Basquiat…. by Stanley Ipkiss who is also the PRODUCER of my album BLOODY WATERS…. I’m inspired by the greats like Janis, Muddy, Mahalia, I’m inspired by artists who were ahead of their time…like Kelis…
RD: Would you say that you write a majority of the lyrics or is there a collaborative effort when it comes to content?
GC: I wrote every word of my album except Chops Tha Savior’s verse on OVERDOSE…. I love writing…I know that one day I will have to collaborate on a song…. I think it will take some serious strength for me to put down my ego and accept another person’s input….lol
RD: Who are some of the music producers you’ve worked with in the past until present?
GC: I’ve worked with my Uncle James Mitchell who is a Dope PRODUCER…. I’ve worked with Moises Laporte…. I’ve worked with Ali Sudani… and a few others on joints that I’ve featured on…. but THE SUPER HUMAN PRODUCER STANLEY IPKISS is the PRODUCER of my entire album BLOODY WATERS…. He was hand picked by God to produce this album….
RD: Which one(s) would you say is your favorite music producer(s) to collaborate with?
GC: Each brings a different feel…. For what I wanted to do on BLOODY WATERS, Ipkiss was the man….. When I want to sing a beautiful heartfelt ballad, James is it…. If I’m on the Neo Soul vibe Ali got it…. But it just depends in what my heart wants to sing…..
RD: Which other artist(s) have also worked with and who else should we look for, out of your camp?
GC: I’ve worked with Wise Intelligent of the LEGENDARY PRT, Double O, Tha Savior, Swerv, Vicky Martin.. All if which are a Damn Problem!!!… meaning they are the best in the business….
RD: Do you prefer to be an independent artist or is your goal to sign with a major label?
GC: I wrestled with that thought a lot…. I mean, who wouldn’t want a machine behind them helping them CONQUER this industry…. But I also love the idea of being my own boss, having complete control, getting all my money… lol…. I’m just gonna continue to pray about it….
RD: What is something about your music you’d like people to know that they don’t already know?
GC: Hmmmm….. We that BLOODY WATERS is one one part of my musical expression…. There’s so much more to who I am as an artist….
RD: When it comes to your sense of style, would you say you tend to wear major brands or do you consider yourself a fashion maverick?
GC: Definitely a fashion maverick…. I like to mix and be creative….
RD: What are your favorite colors to wear?
GC: I love all the colors of the rainbow…
RD: Speaking of fashion, have you ever heard of Rhorie Drey Brand or Rhorie Drey HEF?
GC: Yes I have!!!!…. and I’m definitely here for it!!
RD: If given the opportunity, in what ways would you help or give back to your community?
GC: I love my people… I love my community….. I’m an advocate…. anything that needs to be done or said regarding my people, I’m down for whatever!!!… Always have been, always will be…
RD: What motivational or inspirational words you like to give to the next generation of singers/artists?
GC: Go hard…. Don’t compare yourself…. Do you because no one can beat you being you!!!!
RD: Is acting in a movie on the horizon for you?
GC: I’ve actually done a couple of small roles…. and I’m working on another role right now…
RD: Would you mind blessing us with a (video) a capella freestyle?
GC: I’d love to…
RD: We truly appreciate you coming through on this interview…do you have any other kind words for our viewers?
GC: Yes. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT!!! PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT AND SHARE WITH OTHERS THE INDIE MUSIC THAT YOU LOVE…I LOVE YOU AND APPRECIATE YOU SO MUCH!!!
There you have it, everyone! The amazing and gracious…Gail Campbell “A Phoenix Rising!”