Jessica campbell


Some of the most noted works in music history stem from a long-term partnership between an artist and his or her producer. Only time and experience can build the familiarity and trust that allows for that special magic, and Jessica Campbell and producer Cason Cooley showcase just that on Campbell’s latest LP, The Anchor & The Sail.


The Nashville resident has maintained a steady recording pace since her debut in 2009, and the slow growth with Cooley at the helm allows the pair to mine for a rare depth on her newest turn. Whether it’s his impressive experience (Katie Herzig, Andrew Peterson) or her incredible lyrical prowess, there’s something enchanting at work between the pair.


“This will be my third project with Cason, and I feel we’ve both grown a lot in a lot of areas,” says Campbell. “He’s made some amazing music in the last couple of years that has brought some light to his name. I’ve been playing shows on the road in acoustic form for the most part these last couple of years, so I wanted to include that feeling on this. I wanted to stay true to that.”


While Campbell has enjoyed placements on various television shows, the North Carolina native says she and Cooley decided to eschew any further attempts at the spotlight for the sake of maintaining an honest approach.


“We really took our time to select the right songs for The Anchor & the Sail,” she says. “They’re really the songs I wanted to put on an album rather than approach it in a way that would be commercial or any of that. There’s a lot of ways to approach that, but we agreed to go about it in a way that was the most honest to me and the songs I most connected with.”


The title aptly represents the inherent tension of the album’s ten songs. They’re songs that reach in multiple directions, mired in loss and love, sorrow and hope.


“I think it’s a great representation of life,” Campbell explains. “Part of the journey of life is figuring how to let go and hold on to things as we grow and learn, as we learn from the past and hope for the future. Some of the songs are about love, relationships and freedom, but there are also songs about brokenness. I feel the songs are representative of both of those sides.”

 – Matt Conner


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