Jason Campbell, Artist of the Week
Runs Jan. 18th-22nd.
12 string acoustic guitar, lead & harmony vocals, piano From St. John’s, Newfoundland Joined Signal Hill in 1998
Jason Campbell was born and raised on the island of Newfoundland. When people think of the Atlantic Canadian provinces and east coast music, they often picture Irish and Scottish influenced pub music, and with good reason – there’s a lot of it out there. The well worn phrase, “kitchen party” came from this culture. For me though, there were far more immediate influences. I began at age 13 as a drummer who could sing. David Caines (The Tequila Rockingbirds) and I were classmates at Mount Pearl Junior High School, and quickly bonded over the fact that our fathers were both former professional musicians. David Caines senior was a bass player, and Jim “Ollie” Campbell a drummer. I was into Kiss and Phil Collins, and Dave, the Beatles and Pink Floyd.
Jason Campbell is the principal lead vocalist with a range spanning over three octaves. He is a songwriter and business manager for Signal Hill. Jason plays piano and 12-string acoustic guitar in the band. He is also a solid and animated drummer, as was his father professionally in St. John’s during the 60’s and 70’s. Jim “Ollie” Campbell has played with founding members of April Wine, Sandy Morris of The Wonderful Grand Band and even Jim Lamb. Jason’s musical interests and influences span many genres from Jazz to Hard Rock, Beatles to Beethoven, and from singers such as Tony Bennett, Chet Baker, Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke & Elton John. Often playing piano and guitar simultaneously while singing, he is a born showman. Notably, Jason does not use monitors of any kind, even on the biggest of stages, and is a strong opponent to the use of auto-tune technology.
Missing Signals, released on Mar 3, 2015, is a blend of highly polished Pop, Rock and Jazz with an R&B/Soul influence. At the May 1, 2015 album release Jason debuted his 12-piece band that can only be described as a rock orchestra.
Singer, songwriter, arranger, piano & guitar player, drummer, born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada. Jason’s new Missing Signals album is the 9th of his career. He started as a hard rock drummer but ended up releasing a pop, rock and jazz album. As front man for the popular east coast band Signal Hill, Jason’s songs are performed also at over 200 mostly sold out shows every year. Former Bands: Higher Ground, Friar’s Point, Mean Streak (drums), Privateers, Andersen’s Council.
Other Instruments: harmonica, drums, mandolin
Musical Education: Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario; jazz vocal/piano, big band arranging, composition; honours graduate, six scholarships & bursaries.