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Banker invests in country music passion

Banker invests in country music passion

April 14
02:42 2016

Victoria Monteros | Staff Writer


He works in the bank during the day, but when he’s not at his nine-to-five, you can find him strumming his guitar and serenading the crowd with his vocals.

Philip Campbell is a Denton native who plays guitar, sings country music and works at a local bank.  Aside from banking, he has decided to devote some time to his passion for music, and has begun to enter the Texas music scene.

He’s auditioned twice for “America’s Got Talent,” and although he did not advance to the round where he would appear on television, he believes it was a worthwhile experience.  From there, he’s booked various gigs at popular hangouts such as Sweet Water Grill & Tavern and Jack’s Tavern, and has performed at Taste of North Texas benefitting the Denton Kiwanis Clinic for children.

“My passion was in it, and it sort of just took off from there,” Campbell said.

Campbell learned how to play the guitar when he was 16-years-old. In addition to that, he took vocal lessons during his high school years and performed in recitals. Music has always been an undeniable passion for Campbell, and it’s been evident to those who know him, including his twin brother Scott Campbell, who also happens to be a UNT alumnus. 

“We have our own passions and our own hobbies, and as we get older, we really try to find what’s going to be something that’s of joy for us to participate in. Something that really connects us with others,” Scott said when speaking of his brother’s love of music. “Phillip has found music to be that avenue for him.”

When the Texas music scene started to become more prominent in the mid ‘90s, with the emergence of musical acts like Pat Green, Campbell’s interest into breaking onto the scene became stronger. He then started to put his talent to use by performing karaoke.

The fact that karaoke machines did not always offer the kind of songs Campbell wanted to perform fueled his desire to improve his guitar-playing skills. He has since become so accustomed to performing with his guitar he actually finds himself struggling when singing solely with a karaoke machine.

“People say ‘let’s do karaoke.’ It’s hard for me to do karaoke without playing the guitar,” Campbell said. “It’s kind of weird like that.”

In 1995, Campbell and his friend started to be more active in the Texas music scene. However, in the early 2000s, he went through a period when he stopped playing music until 2011, when somebody at a mortgage business approached him about his music.

“A mutual friend came in and he was asking if I was still playing or something, and I was like ‘No, I haven’t really played at all,’ and then he said ‘Well, someone was talking about you the other day and said you’re pretty good,’” Campbell said. “And then I questioned myself: ‘Why did I get out of it?’”

He then started to polish his vocal and guitar skills, performing at open mics and booking gigs at restaurants. His first open-mic performance was in January 2014 at The Abbey Underground. His first gig with fellow musicians was at Jack’s Tavern, in February 2015, with Dusty Swirl and Kody West. He also happens to be long-term friends with Jack’s Tavern owner, Chris Lutz.

“When we were first opening up, I was relatively new to booking local acts and artists in Denton,” Lutz said. “I know Philip and I invited him to play at his first performance at Jack’s.”

More recently, he expanded his efforts to charity, having been invited to perform at the Taste of North Texas, which benefitted the Denton Kiwanis Children’s Clinic. This was also the first year Taste of North Texas featured live music at the event.

Along with becoming more prominent on the Texas music scene, Campbell hopes to release a five-track EP and have it played on radio. No matter what sort of challenges have come his way, Campbell has fought through them, and suggests that other aspiring artists do the same.

“Go after it. Just do it. It’s like anything in life,” Campbell said. “You’re going to have good and you’re going to have bad.”

Featured Image: Philip Campbell is a Denton native is beginning to enter the Texas music scene. Victoria Monteros | Staff Writer

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