l. to r.) – Kinkead Entertainment Agency’s Michelle Barnett, Nathan Brewer, Ben Costello, Bob Kinkead and Julie Devereux; Maddy Grossl, Maddog Management; Craig Campbell; producer Mickey Jack Cones; Mindy Campbell; Kinkead’s Greg Scott; Preslee Campbell; Craig Campbell, Campbell Entertainment.
Country star Craig Campbell was halfway through his rousing set on the Dr. Pepper AMP Stage at CMA Fest on Saturday, when his manager, Maddy Grossl, interrupted him with news that his smash hit “Outskirts of Heaven” was certified GOLD. She, Craig’s wife and daughter, producer Mickey Jack Cones, and much of his team entered the stage to deliver a plaque and celebrate the momentous occasion.
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“I knew we were close, and I knew we would get there one day,” said an emotional Craig with plaque in hand. “We couldn’t have done it without all these folks on stage, especially my wife Mindy, my daughters, Maddy, this entire team and especially the fans. This one’s for you all!”
Craig wrote “Outskirts of Heaven” with Dave Turnbull, who has had songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and others. Originally released in 2016, Taste of Country said, “His vocal performance here is one of the best of his career…He bear-hugs the lyrics…and offers them back to a listener in better form than he found them.” The song has received over 51 million streams on Spotify alone.
Last Friday, Craig released “What I Thank (When I Drank),” the first single from his upcoming The Lost Files: Exhibit B album. Craig and Wyatt McCubbin penned the song for his Grindstone Recordings label, and is can be saved/added HERE.
His 9th Annual Craig Campbell Celebrity Cornhole Challenge and Concert last Tuesday raised over $27,000 for the Kenny Campbell Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Craig to honor his father who lost his battle with colorectal cancer at age 36. The funds raised will used by research hospitals and doctors who focus on finding a cure and preventative measures for colorectal cancer, the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women.
Craig released the 16-track The Lost Files: Exhibit A in February. The album covered music recorded during two label deals and other songs he had cut independently. The collection of songs he called “unfiltered, unapologetic, and from my heart” will be followed by Exhibit B later this summer.
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About Craig Campbell: In a world fueled by the smoke and mirror act of overnight success, Campbell has long been admired for his patience and persistence on the road less traveled. A consistent balancing act of traditional values and modern industry trends, Campbell is also considered by many to be one of the most talented yet under the radar stars, across all genres. The Lyons, Georgia native grew up playing his mother’s piano and singing in church. He took a job as a corrections officer in his hometown after high school, but music never left his side. He started a band and played local and national bar gigs. When the guitar player quit, Campbell took that as a sign to chase his dreams all the way to Nashville.
Starting in 2002, the young hopeful spent the next several years paying his dues as a demo singer by day and Lower Broadway gigger by night. He connected with fellow South Georgia native Luke Bryan and started touring as his keyboard player. A year and a half long keyboard stint with Tracy Byrd soon followed, and he took over as bandleader down at The Stage on Tuesday nights on his non-touring days. His smooth chops and hot blooded stage presence caught the eye of industry execs and in 2009, Campbell signed his first record deal.
His debut single, “Family Man,” hit the Billboard top 15 in 2011. “Outta My Head” cracked the top 15, and catchy tune “Fish” garnered more than 10 million demand streams. His 2014 breakout hit “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” was on its way up the charts when Campbell got the unexpected news that his label had closed. He and his devoted team continued to press radio stations around the country, so much so that the single ended an impressive run well inside the Top 10, which is unheard of for a song with no financial backing.
A deal with Red Bow Records, a division of the Broken Bow umbrella, yielded the top 40 “Tomorrow Tonight” followed by his most poignant and well-known work to date, “Outskirts of Heaven.” “Outskirts” showcased Campbell’s vulnerability and deep-rooted faith and was praised by Rolling Stone and Taste of Country, among others.
The impact of “Outskirts” prompted media appearances and memorable performances at nationally televised NFL games, the TODAY show, CMA Fest, and the Grand Ole Opry, the latter of which he has made over 50 appearances to date. And in a full circle moment, he reunited with buddy Luke Bryan on his 2017 Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day Tour.
In the summer of 2018, Campbell released his first new music in five years with his “See You Try” EP on Broken Bow. The title track became an instant crowd pleaser with its confident, flirty lyrics and boot stompin’ melody. The EP also found a home for both an electric and acoustic version of “Outskirts of Heaven.” Campbell and Broken Bow mutually parted ways in August of 2018. After a two-year break, he launched Grindstone Records and has been busy recording and releasing his own music as well as signing other artists to his label.https://www.countryschatter.com/2023/06/craig-campbells-outskirts-of-heaven-certified-gold/AwardsPress Release"Outskirts of Heaven",craig campbell,RIAA Certified Gold