Shawn Camp (musician)

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Shawn Camp
Performing at Suwannee Springtime Reunion, March 22, 2018
Performing at Suwannee Springtime Reunion, March 22, 2018
Background information
Birth nameDarrell DeShawn Camp[1]
Born (1966-08-29) August 29, 1966 (age 55)
OriginPerryville, Arkansas, US
GenresCountry, bluegrass, Americana
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, fiddle
Years active1991–present
LabelsReprise, Skeeterbit, Oh Boy
Associated actsTim Mensy
Josh Turner
The Earls of Leicester

Darrell DeShawn Camp (born August 29, 1966) is an American musician who performs country and Americana music. Originally signed to Reprise Records in 1993 as a recording artist, Camp charted two minor singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts that year. Since then, he has found success as a songwriter, having co-written hit singles for many country music artists, including Garth Brooks, Josh Turner, Brooks & Dunn, and Blake Shelton, although he continues to record his own material as well.


Camp was raised in Perryville, Arkansas by a musical family.[2] In 1987, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee and worked in the backing bands of such acts as The Grand Prairie Boys, Osborne Brothers, Alan Jackson, Suzy Bogguss and Trisha Yearwood.[3] In 1991, he was signed to Reprise Records, with two minor Top 40 singles charting in 1993.[3] The first of these, "Fallin' Never Felt So Good", was previously recorded by Dude Mowrey.

Camp recorded a second album for Reprise, but never released it due to creative differences. He then began writing for other artists. Camp's first Number One as a songwriter came in early 1998, when Garth Brooks reached the top of the Billboard country charts with "Two Piña Coladas", a song co-written by Camp.[2] Later that same year, Brooks & Dunn also reached Number One with "How Long Gone", another Camp co-write.[3][4]

Camp released Lucky Silver Dollar in 2001.[3] In 2006, he was nominated as Songwriter of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music; also, Billboard ranked him No. 10 on their 2006 list of Hot Country Songwriters.[5] The same year, two songs co-written by Camp entered the country charts: "Nobody But Me" by Blake Shelton, and "Would You Go with Me" by Josh Turner, which peaked at No. 4 and No. 1, respectively, on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Songs charts. Camp also co-wrote Turner's 2007 single "Firecracker", George Strait's 2008 single "River of Love", and Billy Currington's 2011 single "Love Done Gone".

Since early 2007, Camp has been collaborating with country legend Loretta Lynn writing songs such as "I'm Dyin for Someone to Live For" and "I'm More Alone When I'm With You" together. Camp has also featured in some of the photographs taken at the Cash Cabin Studios in Hendersonville, Tennessee which many believe means he is going to be duetting on some of Lynn's upcoming albums. The pair usually write together at Lynn's home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee (known as The Loretta Lynn Dude Ranch.)

In September 2010, Reprise Records issued the previously-unreleased 1994 album, retitled 1994.[6]

In 2012, Camp won Album of the Year at the American Music Awards for his co production with Tamara Saviano of This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark.[7]

In 2013, Camp became the lead vocalist for The Earls of Leicester.

In January 2014, Camp won a Grammy Award for his production of Guy Clark's album My Favorite Picture of You.[8] This was his second Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album of the Year, in December, 2012, he and co-producer Tamara Saviano, were nominated for This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark.



Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US Heat
Shawn Camp 61 27
Lucky Silver Dollar
  • Release date: August 7, 2001
  • Label: Skeeterbit
Live at the Station Inn
  • Release date: March 21, 2006
  • Label: Skeeterbit
The Bluegrass Elvises, Vol. 1
(with Billy Burnette)
  • Release date: August 7, 2007
  • Label: American
  • Release date: September 28, 2010
  • Label: Warner/Reprise
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart
US Country CAN Country
1993 "Fallin' Never Felt So Good" 39 64 Shawn Camp
1994 "Confessin' My Love" 39 51
"Man, What a Woman" 72
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1993 "Fallin' Never Felt So Good" Steven Goldmann
1994 "Confessin' My Love"
2006 "Waitin' for the Day to Break"


  1. ^ "Listing for Darrell DeShawn Camp". Broadcast Music Incorporated. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Shawn Camp | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "Shawn Camp: About". Archived from the original on May 29, 2007.
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  6. ^ Cooper, Peter (September 3, 2010). "Shawn Camp's shelved 1994 album to be released". The Tennessean. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Grammy Awards 2014: The Complete Winners List". Rolling Stone. January 27, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2020.