If the Mason Dixon line were the division between pop and traditional American music, Nate Campany would be that line. Pop bohemian, civil-war fanatic and Charles Dickens obsessive, Brooklyn-based alt-county-pop-folk singer/songwriter Nate Campany has woven homespun tales of broken hearts, lost love and missed opportunities together with beautiful melodies, unaffected textures and accomplished arrangements. The Only Bridge I Need is prairie winds and urban sprawl rolled up in an Americana-pop package, bound together by his rag-tag band of musical brothers, The Serenade.
The Only Bridge I Need is a rare beast which combines Americana roots with undeniably pop leanings. Beautifully realised by The Serenade - an extraordinarily talented group of friends with a penchant for the blues and an ear for a memorable melody - the sound is defined by Nate's rich voice, which belies his 26 years, and takes you on a journey through territories real and imagined.
About the Artist
Nate Campany's love affair with music began with a piano his parents salvaged from an abandoned school and a guitar he bought on credit. Now a professional songwriter by trade (he's penned hits for artists as diverse as The Backstreet Boys, Grammy-nominated Brandon Heath and Holland's platinum-selling artist Ilse Delange), The Only Bridge I Need is Nate Campany & The Serenade's debut release. "I wanted to write songs for my voice, for the way that I felt about certain things," says Nate. "It's easier to write whatever you want when someone else is singing it, but these songs, these are me. This is my life." Inspired by history and pop songs, Nate embarked on "The Estella Sessions" - the recordings for Nate's forthcoming album - and from these sessions came the tracks for The Only Bridge I Need. In an age of virtual instruments and music technology, Nate decided to get back to basics and record the old-fashioned way - 12 musicians, in a room, all playing at once. "I wanted to record live because of the way it feels, to catch a performance all at once," explains Nate. "Sometimes when you layer and layer, you lose the moment, but live, everyone is standing next to each other, listening and playing. It's nice to think, we did that, that's us, and we can look back one day and remember that day, remember how it felt. Plus we could only afford five days in the studio!" he laughs. Making The Only Bridge I Need has been a labour of love for Nate.Here, he encouraged friends, family, fans and strangers to donate to the cause: "Have you ever been to one of those 99-cent stores, going up and down the aisles, not really needing anything but trying to find something to buy because it only costs 99 cents?" writes Nate on the website. "My name is Nate, and you can consider me your neon green plastic hand-shaped backscratcher." Offering a thank you on the record to all who contributed, the donations poured in, allowing his songs to come to life.