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Monday 30 October 2006 @ 17:41 - GMT

David Campbell, a music arranger, composer and conductor who assisted with Duets, has more recently done string arrangements for Vince Gill. It's the second disc of These Days, a highly acclaimed 4-CD boxed set.

Vince recalls the Canadian-born man asking "What do you have in mind?"

''I said, You. I have you in mind. I don't have me in mind. More than anything, what I want you to do is not perceive that these are string charts for a country artist. Just listen to these songs and honour them as honestly as you can.' And he did. I think the arrangements are almost Beatlesque in spots. You can listen to the drum fills. You can tell that the note choices are really unique.''

David has worked on at least 400 gold and platinum albums. He is known for combining orchestral elements with popular songs in many genres, like hip hop, pop and country. 

After studying with viola maestro William Primrose, Campbell attended the Manhattan School of Music and played several seasons with the American Symphony under Leopold Stokowski.

He also went on to do sessions with Marvin Gaye and Carole King.

And he has completed a lot of film work. Besides being the arranger conductor for motion picture songs, in films from Pearl Harbor to Tarzan, he has composed several scores, one being Brokeback Mountain.

He is also no stranger to the small screen, arranging music for Good Morning America and writing TV commercial music for Sony, IBM, Panasonic, Subaru and Japan Airlines.

Residing in Los Angeles and New York, he is married to and often collaborates with singer/lyricist/composer Raven Kane.

 

 



 

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