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Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

Isobel Campbell photo 2008 (with Mark Lanegan)

Isobel Campbell Biography

Born on April 27, 1976 in Glasgow, SCOTLAND, Isobel Campbell found her initial fame playing cello and singing with deftly-melodic Glaswegian indie collective Belle And Sebastian, before branching off for the lushly-orchestrated melancholia of her solo project The Gentle Waves for two LPs.

She released her debut solo album, "Amorino", in October 2003.

During the summer of the following year she met Mark Lanegan, formerly of Screaming Trees and collaborator with Queens Of The Stone Age; Lanegan suggested they record an album together and "Ballad Of The Broken Seas" was born. The disc, which exploits the contrast between Campbell's aching, pristine chill of a voice and Lanegan's wounded, regret-stewed burr, was issued on V2 Records in March 2006 and weighed in at #38 on the British Albums chart.

Following the success of her country-leaning collaboration with Lanegan, which earned Campbell a new audience, she was back in November the same year with a new solo record, "Milkwhite Sheets", that veered more in the direction of her first album. This time Isobel Campbell mixed half a dozen English and Scottish revamped traditional Folk songs with her own compositions.

Two years later, Campbell and Lanegan teamed up for the second time and in May 2008 released "Sunday At Devil Dirt"; once again, the former Belle And Sebastian vocalist + cellist wrote, produced and molded his female talent by writing all the songs and doing all the production and arranging herself, but here it was more prominently felt in Lanegan's contribution to lead vocals. The disc, which included the single "Come On Over (Turn Me On)", equaled the chart success of their first collaboration effort.

In August 2010 Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan released their next album, "Hawk" featuring contributions from former The Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and Jim McCulloch of The Soup Dragons.


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    Isobel Campbell 2003