It was difficult to graduate and ‘not’ be in a band after studying Media & Performance at Salford University in the 90’s. It was here, inside the walls of the old Adelphi building with its maze of basement recording studios, labyrinthine corridors and intense creative energy where Suzy met Tim Allen (of the band K), John Smith (John Lennon Songwriting Award Winner) and Alan Lowles (session musician – I am Kloot, Airtight Studios).
Together they formed folk/rock band Megiddo and released their debut EP of original songs ‘On the Outside’ in 1996, featuring two acoustic guitars, a mandolin and fretless bass. The band were regulars on the the UK Folk Circuit featuring at The Mean Fiddler, London, Band on the Wall, Winchester Folk Festival, Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival and Monmouth Music Festival to name a few.
As well as their music being syndicated by one of the UK’s largest cinema chains, the band was also invited to record an original arrangement of the 60’s classic ‘Georgy Girl’ for London record label, Future Legend Records. It was was released on CD and vinyl as part of their critically acclaimed cult series ‘Themes from the Sixties.’
Megiddo disbanded in 1997 and Suzy formed a new project band ‘Trade’ with Tim Allen, fusing acoustic folk/rock with electronica. Their debut gig saw them headline at Manchester’s Night & Day Café and then, under the moniker of ‘Starlite’, perform at Norfolk’s Eastern Haze Festival and in Manchester.
During this period she also worked as a successful professional radio broadcaster and in 1991, was awarded a New York Festival International Radio Award for ‘First Time Eyes’. This was a diary-documentary about her experiences in Israel during the Gulf War, and has presented on Piccadilly Radio, Manchester, Galaxy (Kiss 102), Manchester, 96.2 The Revolution, Signal Cheshire and Signal Stoke.
Following a move to the Isle of Man in 2009 and a dabble at sprint racing, winning the award for fastest woman at the TT Ramsey Sprint, she started working with musician and producer Simon Campbell. She was soon playing the live circuit, featuring all her own original songs, which included Mannifest – the island’s largest outdoor three day festival; this time with a full band and a rockier edge.
In 2014, Suzy moved to Valencia with her now husband Simon where they continued to write and record, releasing their ambient piece ‘Happiness in Halos’, having also worked in the studio and performed on Simon’s 2014 album, The Knife, co-writing the track ‘Do You Want Me.’
That year also changed her life in a massive way when Suzy became completely addicted to playing bass guitar. She has already worked as a session musician in the recording studio and recently played bass in Simon’s band on his 2015 UK tour.
Suzy is co-owner of Supertone Records, a label dedicated to “manage, produce and sign quirky, beautifully recorded artists from everywhere and nowhere.”
In November, 2014, Simon and Suzy set up a world class residential recording facility in the mountains close to Valencia, Spain, at the heart of which is a 40 channel Trident Vector analog console; this both serves their needs as Artists and Producers but also has limited availability for selected commercial clients.
In February, 2017 with their new project the Starlite Campbell Band, they released their debut album ‘Blueberry Pie’ a fresh taste of British Blues to worldwide critical acclaim.
‘Blueberry Pie’ has received many thousands of plays on hundreds of radio stations worldwide with an outstanding 35 four & five star reviews across the globe: from Memphis to New York, LA to Paris, London to Nashville.
“Dare we say, their debut release on the Supertone label, Blueberry Pie, will be taking the Isles, nay, the world, by storm… Just as the Rolling Stones are making huge waves with their 30th studio release, Blue & Lonesome, along come a couple of seasoned musicians who bring back the sound of early UK blues, to near perfection.” – JD Nash – American Blues Scene, USA
“[Suzy and Simon] created a terrific disc that may well become a modern classic. Unquestionably Blueberry Pie is a stunning debut.” – Martin Hogarth, R2 Magazine – 5*
“IMHO, this is a potentially award winning album, that should be reaching an audience that other bands cannot reach!” – Ian McKenzie, Blues in the South (UK)
“Campbell has a real command of the instrument, delivering everything from bar room grit on “Empire” to testimonial bits of inspirations on the grieving “Cry Over You.” – Garrett Bethmann, Tahoe OnStage, USA
“Starlite herself is a powerful bassist with a hugely enjoyable grip of laying down a rock-solid backbeat that at times spills out exuberantly to highlight her own ability and drive the tracks forward.” – Iain Patience, Elmore Magazine, USA
“Together they have recorded a truly superb album that accurately picks up the vibe of the mid-late 60s British Blues scene. Yet this is no copycat rehash – it is as fresh and exciting as any new Blues, but with a serious salute to that older, highly influential, period. One of the best Blues albums that I’ve heard in a long time.” – Phil TheMusic Quill, UK
Listen to ‘‘Blueberry Pie’