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Haley Mae Campbell – Phone Home EP

Charleston country/singer-songwriter Haley Mae Campbell calls her new record a “tribute to the late teen years of myself and my friends. It is a storyline of discovering oneself, both musically and in everyday life”. Her sophomore disc Phone Home is an EP of 5 well crafted songs. While still not quite 21 years old, Haley has an impressive command of both her voice and guitar. Even though Haley is categorized as a country artist, the listener can hear a cross-over of alternative, folk and even rock influences. Haley is no stranger to the big stage, she has opened for heavy hitters such as Sheryl Crow, Brothers Osborne, Chris Janson, Love & Theft and many more. Haley attended Charleston County School of the Arts where she collaborated with some of her peers, Ben Sewell, Ryan Gilmore, Evan Camp, Ian Grimshaw, Trey Eaddy and Alan Schmitt, who are the team that put ‘Phone Home’ together musically.

Phone Home is a jovial nod to the 1982 American Sci-Fi film “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”, a fitting theme for the modern obsession of telephones while advancing into the future. Sonically, the EP is a well recorded and performed album with haunting melodies and beautiful arrangements more reminiscent of Fleet Foxes or Blitzen Trapper than one would expect for a country album. Written entirely with friend and drummer Sewell, (“Evergreen” is actually the songwriters’ first collaboration from years ago), the bulk of the songs were recorded locally in Charleston at Truphonic Studios. The recording of the tracks was considerably spread out, but Campbell says this “really contributed to the story and scope of the record. The songs were written and recorded over the course of almost a year, which allowed tremendous room for growth and exploration” and it shows. Weaving through themes of new beginnings, optimism in the face of adversity, one sided love, and emotional and personal growth, ‘Phone Home’ is a perfect delivery for this powerhouse of a budding South Carolina talent.

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