ABOUT THE ALBUM: CRAZY WORLD showcases some of Sandy's finest material, including songs by Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Schwartz, Maury Yeston, Stephen Sondheim, Amanda McBroom and others. With piano and music direction by longtime collaborator G. Scott Lacy, CRAZY WORLD also features a special appearance by cellist Deborah Yamak on one of the album's stand-out tracks, "Since You Stayed Here". Other highlights include "I Won't Mind", "Stars And The Moon", "New Words", "Ship In A Bottle", and new renditions of standards such as "Meadowlark", "Children Of The Wind", "Why Did I Choose You" and the legendary title track.
"...among the very best -- musically lovely and (rarer still) beautifully acted...The album overall is really wonderful; fine choices of songs, all well done." - Josh Rubins, Composer/Lyricist (BROWNSTONE, ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN)
"Beautiful, sensitive...a wonderful recording." - Jeff Blumenkrantz, Composer (THE OTHER FRANKLIN)
"Nice choice of songs. Campbell exhibits real talent with the material." - Max Preeo, Editor, Show Music Magazine
"It only took hearing the first few phrases sung to let me know the songs are in good hands...Sandy's voice is instantly appealing...She has an open and sweet quality, but with intelligent phrasing that keeps her safely far away from over-sentimentality. It's no surprise to learn that she has experience in theater and cabaret. It shows...Campbell and G. Scott Lacy crystallize the emotional potential of rich songs like these. An encore would be very welcome." - Talkin' Broadway.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Whether in cabaret or in concert, on stage or on disc, Sandy Campbell's warm and emotive soprano voice has become a celebrated favorite of Southern California audiences. Together with longtime musical director/accompanist G. Scott Lacy, she has developed and performed several acclaimed solo cabaret shows including The Stories Go On, an exploration of the story song in musical theatre, and And I'll Be There: Songs of Love and Friendship, which premiered at San Diego's North Coast Repertory Theatre in October 2003. Other cabaret appearances have included Sunday In The Park With Sondheim and Totally Tonys! for Outcast Productions and The Greatest Songs You've Never Heard. In October 2004, Sandy and Scott brought a program of their finest material to Schroeder's Club & Cabaret, San Diego's premiere cabaret venue. In June 2005, she returned to Schroeder's to celebrate the release of her first studio recording, CRAZY WORLD, produced and engineered by Eric Wilcox for TriTone Music Productions and released by Azahara Entertainment. In addition to her cabaret appearances, Sandy appeared as Anne Bronte in the concert version of the Steve Gunderson musical The Brontes, a production of the San Diego Ballet. She can also be heard on the concept recordings of several original works.
As a theatre artist, Sandy has performed in a wide range of productions throughout Southern California and has built an impressive list of credits. In Summer 2006 she appeared in La Jolla Playhouse's world premier production of Zhivago, featuring the soaring melodies of The Secret Garden's Lucy Simon and directed by multiple Tony-winner Des McAnuff. Other notable roles include Cinderella in Into the Woods, Maria in West Side Story, Amalia in She Loves Me, Shelby in The Spitfire Grill, Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Cordelia in William Finn's Falsettos and Abigail Adams in 1776. She has also been seen as Sarah in Guys and Dolls, Marian in The Music Man, Guenevere in Camelot, Anne in A Little Night Music, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof and in the San Diego premiere of Jason Robert Brown's Songs For A New World.
"Campbell sings with irresistible clarity and power..." - Los Angeles Times
"Outstanding...a striking voice and presence..." - KPBS Radio
"Musical theatre heaven...there are echoes of Judy Collins in Campbell's soprano." - San Diego Union
"Exceptional...Most remarkable...new levels of beauty and richness while filling her character with great tenderness, intelligence and emotion." - San Diego Playbill