David Campbell (Australian musician)

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David Campbell
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Campbell in the recording studio
Background information
Birth name David Joseph Campbell
Born (1973-08-06) 6 August 1973 (age 45)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Swing, musical theatre, pop, rock
Occupation(s) Singer, actor, artistic director
Labels Sony, Social Family Records
Associated acts
Website http://www.davidcampbell.com

David Joseph Campbell (born 6 August 1973) is an Australian singer, stage performer and television presenter. He has performed and recorded many different genres of music from rock to classics. He is the son of rock and soul singer Jimmy Barnes.[1]

Theatre career[edit]

Campbell won his first major roles in the early to mid 1990s at venues including the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Theatre Company. In 1997, he travelled to New York to perform in cabaret, initially for a short run in a small cabaret room. However, after receiving positive reviews[2]), he moved to the prestigious Rainbow & Stars room - becoming the youngest performer ever to headline at that venue.[3]

Campbell's New York success led to more high-profile roles in the USA, Australia and elsewhere, including in musicals such as Les Misérables,[4] South Pacific, and Guys and Dolls – and in Cameron Mackintosh's Royal Command Performance Hey, Mr. Producer! in London. In 2000, he provided the singing voice for the character Joseph in DreamWorks' animated film Joseph: King of Dreams.

In 2001, Campbell took the major starring role in the Australian musical Shout! The Legend of The Wild One, the story of rocker Johnny O'Keefe.[4] This production became a cultural phenomenon in Australia, and made Campbell a household name. Since becoming a successful recording artist, he has continued to make occasional stage appearances in Australia, in musicals such as Carousel,[5] Sunset Boulevard,[6] and Company.[7]

In 2016, Campbell starred in Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical. A cast recording was released in September 2016 by Sony Music Australia, featuring Campbell. It debuted at number 9 on the ARIA Charts.

Recording career[edit]

Campbell released his debut album in 1996, Yesterday is Now. In 1997, his second album was released, Taking the Wheel. In 2003, David released two mainstream singles, "Hope" and "When She's Gone". A full-length album A Better Place was planned but never materialised. In 2005, another single, "End of the World" was released.

In 2006, Campbell released The Swing Sessions, an album produced by Chong Lim with arrangements by John McAll[4] covering 13 classic swing tracks such as "Mack the Knife", "Call Me Irresponsible", "Mr. Bojangles", and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You". Both this album, and The Swing Sessions 2 (released in November 2007), achieved platinum sales and charted in the Top 10 of the Australian ARIA Albums Chart.[8]

In 2008, David released Good Lovin',[8] an album of songs from the 1960s which he described as 'blue-eyed soul'.[4] This became his third platinum album, and again charted in the Australian Top 10. A live DVD of the accompanying Good Lovin' Live tour hit number one on the Australian DVD chart.[9]

Campbell's next album, On Broadway, was recorded at East West Studios in Los Angeles in January 2010, and produced by musical director Rob Fisher and veteran arranger Bill Elliott. On Broadway was released in Australia on 2 April 2010, with a tie-in television documentary David Campbell On Broadway airing on arts channel STVDIO the following day.[10]

On 18 November 2011, an album of early 1980s music called Let's Go was released in Australia.[11]

In June 2014, David released David Campbell Sings John Bucchino, recorded in Australia in May 2014 featuring John Bucchino playing piano.[12]

In the Australian and New Zealand version of Disney's 2016 animated film Zootopia, Campbell voices a Koala news anchor. The species of this character changes depending on where the movie is shown, and is voiced by a famous TV personality known to local audiences.

In September 2016, Campbell returned to the musical theatre stage to play the lead role in the world premiere production of Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical in Sydney.[13] A cast recording was released and debuted at number 9.


Campbell was a contestant on the third season of Dancing with the Stars, where he was partnered with World Salsa Champion, Luda Kroitor. He has also featured on two series of the celebrity singing competition It Takes Two as a professional performer. He won the second series in 2007, with celebrity partner Jolene Anderson. The pair received several scores of 10 and received perfect 10s from all four judges on one occasion.

He has also been a Red Faces judge on Hey Hey It's Saturday, and had co-hosted The Morning Show with Kylie Gillies on a number of occasions when Larry Emdur was away. It was his work filling in on The Morning Show that led to him being appointed co-host of Mornings.

Campbell is currently co-host of Today Extra with Sonia Kruger on the Nine Network. He is also a fill-in presenter for Karl Stefanovic on Today.

In 2013, Campbell was announced as co-host of Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight with Sonia Kruger. [14][15]

Radio career[edit]

Campbell started on smoothfm in May 2012.[16] He is currently the host of weekend Afternoons (1pm - 4pm) on smoothfm 91.5 in Melbourne and smoothfm 95.3 in Sydney.[17]

Adelaide Cabaret Festival[edit]

Campbell was appointed Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival (the world's largest cabaret festival) in 2008,[4] and his programming began with the June 2009 festival.[18] This festival broke attendance and box office records, becoming the most successful Cabaret festival to date - records which were in turn broken by the 2010 and 2011 festivals.[19] The 2011 Cabaret Festival was his last as Artistic Director; Kate Ceberano then took over the position.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Campbell's father is Scottish-Australian singer Jimmy Barnes. Campbell was raised by his maternal grandmother, Joan. Until he was ten years old, he believed that she was his mother and his actual mother was his sister.[21] He attributes his love of swing music to the influence of his grandmother.[22] Campbell has performed with his father on numerous occasions, including on an episode of Dancing with the Stars[4] and at Carols by Candlelight.[23] Father and son have recorded duets for each other's studio albums.[24][25]

Campbell married British producer Lisa Hewitt at St Philip's Anglican Church in Sydney on Saturday 29 November 2008.[1] The couple run their own company, Luckiest Productions,[26] through which they produce all of Campbell's national tours, as well as other music, cabaret and television projects. David and his wife Lisa welcomed their first child Leo Richard James Campbell on 3 June 2010. They welcomed twins, William David Campbell and Elizabeth Ann Campbell on 12 January 2015.

Campbell discovered that his ancestry to be 49% from Ireland, 48% from Great Britain, 2% from Iberian Peninsula (consisting of Spain and Portugal) and 1% from North-West Russia [3]. His great grandmother was Jewish [4].



Solo albums
Album title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Yesterday is Now
Taking the Wheel
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD
Shout! The Legend of The Wild One
(Australian Cast recording featuring David Campbell)
  • Released: March 2001
  • Label: Epic Records
  • Format: CD
19 AUS: Gold
The Swing Sessions 7 AUS: Platinum
The Swing Sessions 2
  • Released: 3 November 2007
  • Label: Sony
  • Format: CD, digital download
8 AUS: Platinum
First and Foremost
Good Lovin'
  • Released: 15 November 2008
  • Label: Sony
  • Format: CD, digital download
10 AUS: Platinum
On Broadway
  • Released: 2 April 2010
  • Label: Sony
  • Format: CD, digital download
7 AUS: Gold
Let's Go
  • Released: 18 November 2011
  • Label: Sony
  • Format: CD, digital download
David Campbell Sings John Bucchino 37
The Essential David Campbell
  • Released: 21 August 2015
  • Label: Sony Music Australia
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • First greatest hits album
Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical
(Australian Cast recording featuring David Campbell)
  • Released: 23 September 2016
  • Label: Dream Lover Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
Other cast album contributions
  • Good Lovin' Live (24 April 2009) AUS Music DVD No. 1
Special editions
  • Keep On Lovin' (Tour Edition) (6 November 2009) - Double disc: Good Lovin' Live DVD highlights & Good Lovin' CD with bonus tracks


  1. ^ a b David Campbell duets with dad Jimmy Barnes, and marries news.com.au, 30 November 2008.
  2. ^ David Campbell, singer (profile), theaustralian.news.com.au, 3 October 2008.
  3. ^ David Campbell, new singing sensation, Ambush magazine; accessed 31 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Transcripts: David Campbell". Talking Heads. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  5. ^ CAROUSEL has a new Billy Bigelow - David Campbell musicalsaustralia.com; accessed 31 May 2015.
  6. ^ David Cambell bio, billboard.com; accessed 31 May 2015.
  7. ^ David Campbell to star in new musical Archived 12 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine., davidcampbell.com; accessed 31 May 2015.
  8. ^ a b New jack swing, cairns.com.au, 2 April 2009.
  9. ^ Good Lovin' Live DVD hits number one! Archived 12 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine. David Campbell official website, 6 May 2009
  10. ^ David Knox (2010) STVDIO: April highlights, 9 March 2010, www.tvtonight.com.au
  11. ^ [1] David Campbell official Facebook page 18 October 2011
  12. ^ [2] David Campbell official Facebook page 15 May 2014
  13. ^ "DREAM LOVER THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL · MUST CLOSE 27 NOV". Sydney Lyric. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  14. ^ Byrnes, Holly (3 November 2013). "Let the brekkie wars begin". The Daily Telegraph. 
  15. ^ "Performers and ambassadors". Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight. Vision Australia. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "DMG Radio Australia launches smoothfm". Archived from the original on 27 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "smoothfm Website". Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "Adelaide Cabaret Festival's David Campbell set for a classy cabaret line-up", news.com.au, 8 April 2009.
  19. ^ A show, a laugh and a smile at the 2009 Adelaide Cabaret Festival!, Adelaide Cabaret Festival website; accessed 31 May 2015.
  20. ^ Ceberano takes over Cabaret festival
  21. ^ David Campbell's family secret makes him perfect to play Bobby Darin, says Darin's son ABC News, 5 October 2016
  22. ^ David Campbell billboard.com
  23. ^ Carols by Candlelight
  24. ^ Double Happiness, track by track Archived 20 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine., music.ninemsn.com.au; accessed 31 May 2015.
  25. ^ New Song Obsession: "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" by David Campbell and Jimmy Barnes Archived 8 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Ozmusicscene.com, 21 November 2008.
  26. ^ Luckiest Productions
  27. ^ "Discography David Campbell". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  28. ^ "ARIA Albums Chart - week commencing 14 November 2016" (PDF). ARIA Charts. Australian Recording Industry Association. 13 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  29. ^ "Falling Slowly single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 

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