[Spotlight Bmore] Paula Campbell, More than a Singer

If you’re from Baltimore or the surrounding DMV, you definitely recognize the names Dru Hill, Mario and the hometown R&B Princess Paula Campbell. Paula has been grinding on the music circuit for over seven years and has managed to build a pretty impressive resume along the way.  In addition to being a singer and songwriter, Paula is an Author, Video Director and Radio Host, and the list doesn’t stop there, Paula is constantly on her A-Game and has some pretty solid plans for the future.

BmoreFab: When did you discover your interest in singing?

Paula: When I was about 4 years old.  I’ve always known that it’s [singing] what I wanted to do, I’ve never wanted to do anything else.

BmoreFab: Does anyone in your family sing?

Paula: My Dad tried [Laughs] and my Grandmother used to try but nobody really pursued it.

BmoreFab: Who did you listen to growing up?

Paula: Whitney Houston, Faith Evans, Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, Lil Mo… I was inspired by everybody.

When did you decide to become serious and pursue music full time?

Paula: I’ve always been serious about it.  When I was a little girl I remember trying to get into a local talent show, and I don’t know if you know much about West Baltimore, but I walked from Westside Shopping Center to the Inner Harbor just to audition for that talent show.

When was your big break into the music industry?

BmoreFab: In 2003 when I auditioned for the Baltimore Idol.  Out of 360 contestants I made it to the final eight, but I didn’t win.  Out of that experience I met a lot of contacts and one of them being DJ Rod Lee.  After Idol, we went in the studio and did a song together and the day after I did the song, I heard it on the radio.  It was #1 for eight weeks straight and the record labels started calling.

BmoreFab: You are a Mom?

Paula: Yes, I have a daughter.

BmoreFab: How does your daughter feel about you being a singer?  Does she know exactly what you do?

She is aware.  I had her when I was younger.  She’s always been very very supportive of me. Sometimes she gets mad when or if I have to be away for a long time.  She’s my #1 fan and biggest supporter.

Paula: How did the Paula Campbell “The Singer” become Paula Campbell “The Radio Personality”?

Paula: When I would go on interviews, I was always told I had a great radio voice and great personality.  Radio hosts would ask me to fill in or do a segment because they liked my voice and eventually they asked me to do “Paula Campbell Radio.

BmoreFab: Do you want to continue in radio and communications in the future?  Maybe transition into a TV personality?

Paula: I have done a few independent movies. I have done videos.  I just finished writing my autobiography titled Relentless Resilience.  I directed two of my own videos.  I definitely want to do acting, music, and directly.   I someday want to have a label and manage my own artists.

BmoreFab: What is a typical day like in the life of Paula Campbell?

Paula: Wow! Those days vary so much.  I don’t have any days that are the same.  I run six miles five days a week.  I wake up and take my daughter to school.  I go into the studio around 4:00 pm and I’m in the studio until about 2:00 am the next morning.

BmoreFab: What is the status of your new album?

Paula: The “Dreammaker” mixtape was released at the end of December 2009 and my new project is “Rebellious Romantic” and we’re aiming for Summer 2010

BmoreFab: You’ve recently released collaboration with hit songwriter/singer Ne-Yo, who else would you like to collaborate with in the future?

Paula Campbell: Timberland, I think he is awesome. I would also collaborate with Beyonce, Mary J. Blidge, and Stevie Wonder.

BmoreFab: Are you recognized on the streets by your fans? How does that make you feel?

It still hasn’t hit me, I’m grateful that they know me and they love my music.  I’m definitely inspired by my fans.  I love my fans, I’m very grateful for their time and support

Paula Campbell: What impression would you like to leave in the industry?

That Paula Campbell is not just as an entertainer or singer but someone who used her gift to give back, to elevate and bless someone else.

BmoreFab: Are you recognized on the streets by your fans? How does that make you feel?

It still hasn’t hit me, I’m grateful that they know me and they love my music.  I’m definitely inspired by my fans.  I love my fans, I’m very grateful for their time and support

What impression would you like to leave in the industry?

That Paula Campbell is not just as an entertainer or singer but someone who used her gift to give back, to elevate and bless someone else.

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