From Pasadena to Philadelphia to the Philippines, the life of jazzy pop-folk artist CONCHITA CAMPOS has always been one of movement. Now with her debut release, SO IT GOES, she is moving toward even more exciting times. For the past two years, Campos has been calling New York City home base. It's where her sound has emerged with deep soulful hints of her biggest influences - Alana Davis, Nina Simone, Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Wonder, and Astrud Gilberto.
"I needed a new perspective," Campos says of her latest cross-country relocation. "I didn't have any backup. I didn't really know anyone. I had a job that was a maybe. I had no idea of what I was going to do, but I knew I had to come to New York if I wanted to do this."
And New York does indeed want her. She frequents such notable NYC venues as The Bitter End and Crash Mansion, and also plays regularly in The Sulu Series, a monthly Asian-American event showcase at the Bowery Poetry Club.
"I've lived all over the place, and in every place that I've lived I never really felt that I fit quite in," says Campos. "I have an identity that's not really Filipino and not really American. It's both. I write about trying to find my way, and I think that's definitely a voice that reflects the Asian-American experience."
So It Goes is a 7-track EP mixing songs recorded with her bicoastal group, Neoterics, with soul-infused solo guitar and piano tunes - the way she is most likely to catch Conchita Campos live. (On special occasions, she can be found rocking as Conchita's Collective with her NYC-based backing band). The slow-funky, melodic, and ultimately optimistic listener favorite "Just Time" speaks to Campos' awakening to the hardships of navigating through life as an artist in a status quo world. The bright "Runaway Day" recalls her carefree days in California.
Campos moved from sunny Pasadena as a child when her father landed a teaching gig at Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. When her parents divorced, she wound up with her mother in the Philippines, where there was the ready-made support of family. After high school, it was back to California, heading North.
Unlike her jazz-musician-turned-academic father, Campos has taken no serious detours from her musical focus. The 27-year-old San Francisco State University graduate studied music in college before beginning work at Bay Area radio stations 106 KMEL and Star 101. She eventually left the Bay to work in the NYC radio market. While doing so, she found herself becoming more involved in the music scene as a writer and performer.
Writing sincere narrative songs from the heart helped Campos cope with the impact of leaving Left Coast life for the fast pace of New York City and being heard as an artist in her new ultra-urban surroundings. She quickly found her way and soon enough, So It Goes, a barrage of shows, and some serious determination were born.
Conchita Campos performs from an honest, fresh place that is at once pop, indie, ethnic, and universal. Her songs are the snapshots of a citizen of the world who is always ready to live and sing a new horizon. And So It Goes...