Headliners CD out today
The new Headliner's album is now available for purchase/download. Simply click the link below! Here's a quote from Steve Wine with the AP:
New Music and Shows w/ World Famous Headliners
A lot of Shawn Camp activity in the next couple months! Firstly, he's got a new record coming out with "Big Al" Anderson and Pat Mclaughlin as a NEW BAND called The World Famous Headliners. The band has several shows coming up in Nashville, so be sure to mosey on over to the Shows page!
Shawn Performs on NPR's "Mountain Stage"
Shawn recently performed on NPR's popular radio show, "Mountain Stage." Be sure to check it out! To see when the show broadcasts in your area, please visit www.mountainstage.org/mtnstageaffiliates.aspx.
Shawn Camp - "Dying for Someone to Live For"
Shawn Camp is a Nashville songwriter who's had more success than most. He's released five albums of his own, and country music stars such as Garth Brooks, Josh Turner and George Strait have turned his songs into Top 10 hits. Sixteen years ago, Camp had his own shot at country music stardom, but his second album was shelved — until now.
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All Music Review - "1994"
When Shawn Camp cut his self-titled album for Warner/Reprise back in 1994, he was riding the coattails of two charting singles from his debut the previous year: "Never Felt So Good" and "Confessin' My Love." The artist, management, and industry insiders assumed the set would be a breakout. When it was turned over to the label, however, it was deemed "uncommercial," and a wave of changes was "suggested." (This was the era when Travis Tritt, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, and Martina McBride had broken wide open and were topping the charts.) Camp refused and the album was shelved. Fast forward to 2009 when Warner Music Nashville President/CEO John Esposito caught …
Shawn in Country Weekly
In 1994, Shawn Camp was a newly signed Reprise Records artist whose second album for the label was shelved over artistic differences. After becoming a sought-after songwriter for artists such as Garth Brooks and Josh Turner, Shawn caught the attention of Warner Music Nashville president John Esposito, who opted to release the album. The result is a snapshot of a country artist with an abundance of talent—including an ability for intelligent songwriting and a distinctive Texas country sound—but the wrong timing. Shawn is adept at turning common phrases on their heads, as in “Near Mrs.,” a tribute to all the girls who never quite earned wifely status. In “My Frame of Mind,” his vocal evokes all the ache and loneliness of George Jones, while his more upbeat material recalls Mark Chesnutt at times. The intriguing album closer, “The Grandpa That I Know,” mourns the trappings of a funeral and the loss of a loved one, accented with the crackles of a record player and a mournful fiddle solo. After 16 years, the singer/songwriter finally gets his major-label due.
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Camp's lost work revived
The last time Shawn Camp worked with Warner Music, the staff wore beepers on their belts, Faith Hill was preparing her debut album and the company was pressuring the rootsy Camp to make music that sounded more like not-so-rootsy ’90s hitmaker John Michael Montgomery.
For 16 years, Camp looked back on that time with frustration and sadness. He signed with Warner with hopes of becoming a country star and made two albums (only one was released, and that one quickly went out of print) before things dissolved. Now, an improbable encounter with Warner Music’s current chief, John Esposito, has resulted in those albums making it to market in the new century.
Shawn Camp Finally Brings '1994' to Life
The release party for Shawn Camp's new album, '1994,' took 16 years to come together. The singer-songwriter recorded the album as a followup to his critically acclaimed self-titled album, which had seen two single releases, 'Fallin' Never Felt So Good' and 'Confessin' My Love.' The head of Warner Bros. at the time told Shawn his second effort didn't sound enough like the wildly successful John Michael Montgomery album, and asked him to remove the acoustic sound by replacing them with electric guitars. Shawn politely declined and asked to be released from his contract. The album was put in the dead zone at the label and basically forgotten by everyone but Shawn.
Last year, the new head of Warner Music Nashville, John Esposito, happened to be at the same music conference as Shawn and was very impressed when he heard him sing. Shawn took the opportunity to mention that he had, at one time, been signed to that label, and that there was an unreleased album hanging around somewhere in the back vaults. John pulled out both albums, liked what he heard, and called Shawn to make an offer that the singer couldn't refuse. John proposed to re-release the first album, which has been out of print for a decade, and at the same time release the one buried in the vault, which he appropriately titled after the year it was made.
Shawn Camp | AS "Writer Of The Week"
It’s the kind of good fortune you love to see come to a top-shelf, stone-cold country-singing, hit songwriting, multi-instrumentalist who’s earned a lot of respect in Nashville over the past couple decades without really becoming a household name beyond it. Shawn Camp is that songwriter, and Josh Turner’s “Would You Go With Me” and George Strait’s “River of Love” are just two examples of his handiwork.
An impromptu jam session with the current head of Camp’s former label John Esposito has led, at long last, to the release of his second album, 1994. The title’s not meant to be retro; that’s the year the album was finished, and shelved. It was worth the wait.
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Shawn Camp in the News
Shawn Camp CD Release Party
story. Newly boss John Esposito was in this year’s Leadership Music class and so was Shawn Camp. After Espo heard Shawn at a guitar pull, he was appropriately impressed. Shawn mentioned that he used to be on Warners. Espo listened to the Shawn Camp album. He loved it, as well as the one Shawn turned in that the company never released.
Now Warners is taking the unprecedented step of releasing 1994, the record that has been in the can lo these many years, as well as re-releasing 1993’s Shawn Camp. This has never happened before in Music Row history.
Billy Currington - "Love Done Gone"
Billy Currington playing his own Camp song.