Starlite Campbell Band
|Starlite Campbell Band|
Simon Campbell and Suzy Starlite of the Starlite Campbell Band pictured during the Blueberry Pie Sessions
|Origin||Castletown, Isle of Man|
|Genres||British blues, Blues, Americana and Folk.|
|Labels||Supertone Records (Isle of Man)|
Starlite Campbell Band is a British Blues group based on the Isle of Man. Formed in 2016, the band is led by married couple Suzy Starlite and Simon Campbell. Their debut album, Blueberry Pie was nominated for a European Blues Award in November 2017 and blends British Blues, Blues and Americana.
The duo had been recording, playing and touring independently in bands for many years until they met in 2012, when Starlite asked Campbell, who was British Blues Awards Nominee, to join her band as the guitar player. The love extended past each other’s playing and the duo were wed in 2014 after a whirlwind romance, forming their new joint band, Starlite Campbell, in January 2016.
The couple wrote the material for their debut album over two weeks in April and started recording in July at the Supertone Records Studio in Valencia, Spain with the album mixed and mastered in October 2016. It was Produced and Engineered by Campbell and co-produced by Starlite.
In addition to the band, Valencian native Danny Boy Sanchez was coopted to play harmonica on track #5, "Say What You Want". The album artwork is based on a picture taken by Starlite in the late 70's of her Grandmother Betty Higgs. Blueberry Pie was released on February 1, 2017.
In July 2018, the full band played the Linton Festival   to great reviews  and are due to travel to Australia to headline the Saturday at Wangaratta Festival of Jazz on 3 November 2018.
- Suzy Starlite: Lead and backing vocals, bass guitar, percussion (2016–present)
- Simon Campbell: Lead and backing Vocals, electric guitar, Resonator guitar, percussion (2016–present)
- Jonny Henderson: Hammond organ, Wurlitzer electric piano (2016–present)
- Steve Gibson: Drums (2016–present)
Awards and nominations
|2017||European Blues Awards||Best Album / Recorded Session||Blueberry Pie||Nominated|
- "Simon Campbell nominated for British Blues Award". BBC News. 2017-05-11. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
- "Starlite Campbell Band". 24/7 Valencia. 2017-02-11. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
- "Blueberry Pie - Starlite Campbell Band". AllMusic. 2017-11-05. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
- "Ross-born blues artist shortlisted for best album award". Hereford Times. 2017-11-08. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
- "Blueberry Pie". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
- "Starlite Campbell Band - Blueberry Pie Album Review". TeamRock. 2017-04-27. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
- "Homecoming gig for blues band as Ross-born Suzie Starlite plays Linton Festival with the Starlite Campbell Band". Hereford Times. 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
- "Returning to her home town to play at the Linton Festival". Ross Gazette. 2018-07-02. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
- "Simon and Suzy head across the water for a festival date". Isle of Man Today. 2018-07-06. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
- "Linton Blues Festival 2018". Rhythm & Booze. 2018-07-14. Retrieved 2018-07-14.
- "Starlite Campbell Band". Wangaratta Festival of Jazz. 2018-07-21. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
- "Headliners Coming". Wangaratta Chronicle. 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
- "Blues duo reach for the stars". Isle of Man Today. 2018-09-04. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
- "European Blues Awards". 2017-11-05. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
- "Ramsbottom blues artist Simon Campbell nominated for Best Album/Recorded Session in the 2017 European Blues Awards". Bury Times. 2017-11-10. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
- "Manx Blues pair aim to conquer Europe". Isle of Man Newspapers. 2017-11-10. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
- "Ross singer Suzy Starlite needs your vote". Ross Gazette. 2017-11-13. Retrieved 2017-11-15.