Since strapping on his first guitar at the age of 16, Simon Campbell has spent his life immersed in music, a passion which has given him a wealth of experience across decades, countries and genres.
In the late 1970s, while still a university student in Salford, Simon furthered his musical education with hard-rockers Whitefire. The band released an EP and toured the UK before taking a 'Punk-esque R & B' direction under their new moniker, Roadrunner.
Commercial success came with his next venture, Little Brother, whose Europop sound saw them snapped up by Line Records (Polydor Germany). Although the band unfortunately split after one album (the well-received 'Survival'), Simon was now free to pursue new challenges.
Returning to his Rock roots, he formed The Method with Mike Hehir from Sad Cafe and Mick Gilbourne, one time drummer with 10CC. Over a two-year period, the band toured throughout the UK and Europe.
During this time, Simon's interest in production led him to work with Rick Dowson and Millhause and, when the latter became The Disciples, Simon joined them as guitarist and lead vocalist. The Disciples disbanded in time but not before releasing a mini-album (favourably reviewed by Q), and leaving a lasting impression on live audiences.
Alongside his long and varied band career, Simon has also been a highly sought-after session player, collaborating with numerous high-profile musicians for both studio work and live performances.
His move to the Isle of Man in 2008 and subsequent involvement with its vibrant music scene led to a new a chapter in Simon's journey and in 2011 saw the release of his first solo album, ThirtySix.
The perfect showcase for Simon's versatility and profound musical understanding, ThirtySix harnesses a wide variety of guitar styles while being grounded in a deep-seated love of Rock and Blues.
In the year of its release, he was nominated for a prestigious British Blues Award.
He moved to Valencia, Spain in 2013 to complete work on his next album, The Knife, which was released on October 31st, 2014. This record reflects his increasing love of acoustic music from both sides of the Atlantic.
In November of that year, they set up a world class residential recording facility in the mountains close to Valencia centered around a Trident 40 channel analog console. This both serves their needs as artists and producers but also has limited availability for selected commercial clients.
Simon has been studying piano and with Suzy, has co-written three albums worth of new material.
In 2015 they put together the Starlite Campbell Band and have played many gigs across Spain and Europe, performing on the main stage of the Ramsbottom Festival and The Convent, both in the United Kingdom. The Convent Show was broadcast in HD worldwide: The Man and Sex Is The Key from the show are available on the Supertone YouTube Channel. See more on Wikipedia.
2016 saw Suzy and Simon writing, recording, mixing their new collaborative blues album Blueberry Pie at the Supertone Records Studio with Steve Gibson on Drums and Jonny Henderson on Hammond & Wurlitzer.
The album was released on February 1, 2017 to worldwide critical acclaim and was nominated in the European Blues Awards for Best Album / Recorded Work. It is available to purchase direct from the band or via iTunes, Amazon and most online stores. You can also stream on Spotify and YouTube.
In December 2017 the Starlite Campbell Band released the single It Started Raining and during 2018 played Linton festival, headlined Saturday night at the Wangaratta festival of jazz and blues, released the single Heart Of Stone, toured the UK, signed to BENELUX agent BePop and released 'Blueberry Pie' on 180g double vinyl with 'Heart Of Stone' as a bonus track!
The band are touring the UK, USA, Canada, Australia in 2019 whilst working on their next album, 'The Language Of Curiosity'.