- 2009 Music Pioneer Award, African Nova Scotian Music Association
A true artist is someone who continues to create out of passion, dedication and love. You'll find all these things in the body of work created and performed by Lucky Campbell.
He was born on April 24th, 1953 in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Adopted by Bertha May (Reddick) and "Lucky" Arnold James Campbell. He would spend the first few years of his life around Glace Bay. He later moved to his mother's birthplace, Lincolnville in Guysborough County where he remains today.
Young Lucky Campbell got his first taste of success at the age of seven. He decided to sing foe an Eastern concert and the response from the audience hooked him. He sang - Darling Go Home, performing the male and female parts of the song which gave the audience quite a chuckle. It was from that moment on that Lucky Campbell knew he loved the stage and he loved the fact that "he" could make the people happy.
Did we forget to mention that he is a man of invention as well? He decided he liked the sound of the guitar and he created a homemade gadget out of a ruler, elastic and eraser at the age of 11. While that did amuse him, one day he saw a real guitar in the Metropolitain Department Store. There was only one problem - it was eleven dollars. Lucky decided he would cut and sell pulpwood until he had enough to buy it. Well, he did. He cut and sold a half a cord of pulpwood and went to the store and brought that guitar home. It was on this guitar that he learned his first four chords.
At the age of 12 he joined the school band as a trombone player and learned baritone, alto horn and ttrumpet. By the age of 14 he had formed his own group called - "The Arabian Knights."
His star would shine brighter and brighter as his talents would eventually take him from one corner of the country to the other, and even into the United States.
The moment he knew he had made it was after the National CBC Broadcast of his radio play - "A World of Our Own." A one man show about the experience of the Black Loyalists, upon arriving in Chedabucto in 1784. He would later mount the play at the Alderney Landing Theatre to rave audiences.
To date he has allowed us the pleasure of experiencing his talents in wonderful works like - Shine Boy, Gospel and Colonos and Gidgeon's Blues at Neptune Theatre in Halifax, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof at the Theatre New Brunswick and Whylah Falls at the National Arts Centre on Ottawa, just to name a few.
I hope it will not be surprising to know, that the highlights in this already bright career are still coming. In February, Lucky and his son Jazz will travel to Germany to worth together, presenting - "The Lucky Campbell Show" to a whole new audience today. Lucky Campbell is known to most as a writer, a singer and performer. To the African Nova Scotians, he is known as a talent artist that has spent his life career presenting positive, constructive and deeply moving work that transcends all nations. His unique style is honest and powerful.