In 2007, when singer-songwriter Conchita Campos released her debut EP, the soul/acoustic rock based So it Goes, she explained the intimate, soul searching nature of her work as a reflection of the many geographic moves she had made both growing up and as an adult. Her childhood took her from Pasadena to Philly to The Philippines. A music major at San Francisco State, she settled in the Bay Area before her restless creative spirit took her to her current home base of New York City. Where to next? To borrow from the title of her first full length solo recording, a jazzier and more heavily grooving date featuring The Park, a well known band of her old classmates from SFSU, No One Really Knows.
While So it Goes featured tracks that Conchita recorded with two bands she was involved in, the acoustic trio Neoterics and the four piece band Conchita's Collective, No One Really Knows incorporates the trademark soul and hip-hop dynamic of The Park, which plays throughout the Bay Area and tours with various artists including British soul singer Alice Russell.
And the inner exploration continues from So it Goes. Campos, whose first love was bossa nova and whose first post college gig was in promotions at S.F. radio stations 106 KMEL and Star 101, is quickly finding her way into the hearts and good graces of fans and critics across the country. In its review of So It Goes, All Music Guide wrote: "Norah Jones fans will feel right at home...But she traffics in the same musical style as Laura Nyro...(with) sinuous rhythms that Campos negotiate with ease, playing with the grooves as well as the romantic messages." The Biloxi Sun Herald used adjectives like "funky," "catchy" and "melodic."
She has performed everywhere from the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco to NYC hotspots like The Bitter End, Crash Mansion, The Knitting Factory and The Sulu Series, a monthly Asian American Event showcase at the Bowery Poetry Club. Beyond her recording and performing endeavors, she's worked in arts education and will hopefully soon be pursuing a master's in public policy.
Conchita Campos - guitar, keys, vocals
The Park band - guitar, bass, keys, drums
Conchita's Collective (EP)
No One Really Knows (LP)
Filipino-American Pop-Folk with a side of soul
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Conchita Campos Releases debut EP, So It Goes NEW YORK - CONCHITA CAMPOS makes no bones about bei...Conchita Campos Releases debut EP, So It Goes
NEW YORK - CONCHITA CAMPOS makes no bones about being a stranger in a strange land. With her debut 7-song EP SO IT GOES, the Filipino-American storytelling songstress heralds in an exciting new face of American pop, with influences from the world over.
Each track reveals an intoxicating mix of sounds hinting at Nina Simone, Alana Davis, Jill Scott, Sade, John Mayer, and Astrud Gilberto. Having put in time in Pasadena, Philadelphia, the Philippines, San Francisco, and these days, Brooklyn, NY, Campos’ sound heralds from everywhere and nowhere in one refreshing, carefree groove.
Part folk, part jazz, part exotic with a touch of acoustic soul, Campos forges her own bold path on So It Goes. The radio-friendly and optimistic “Just Time” is at once mellow, funky, and infectiously melodic. “For Tonight” is a light and fresh take on the old school quiet storm love ballad, and the bright and carefree “Runaway Day” recalls Campos’ joyous days in California. Campos sings from the experience of being both Filipino and American, of being a free-spirited artist in a work-a-day world, and of the search for an emotional place to call home. Each track on So It Goes is an honest and lyrical slice of life straight from the complex contemporary American experience.
Taking the big city plunge is really paying off for Conchita Campos. Fans have been taking notice in prominent New York venues like The Bitter End, Crash Mansion, and The Knitting Factory, as well as any number of University shows around the region. It is a special treat to find her rocking with her NYC-based backing band as Conchita’s Collective.
Stations in Japan and U.S. college radio are catching the buzz on So It Goes. Ride the wave with Conchita Campos now, as her fanbase – like her musical awareness – goes global.
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Friday, March 21, 2008 by Ricky Flake This EP by jazzy pop-folk artist Conchita Campos mixes son...Friday, March 21, 2008
by Ricky Flake
This EP by jazzy pop-folk artist Conchita Campos mixes songs
recorded featuring her bicoastal group, Neoterics, with soulful
solo guitar and piano tunes - the way she's mostly often seen
in live performances around her current home base, New York
City. She occasionally rocks out with her NYC-based band,
Conchita moved from Pasadena to Philadelphia as a child,
then back to the Philippines with Mom when her parents
divorced. After high school, she returned to California and
later to the East Coast.
There's no space to analyze Conchita's style at length, but
these are nifty songs. The opener, "Just Time," is funky,
catchy, and melodic; "Runaway Day" is more carefree, but still
narrative in nature. I also love "Walking on Ahead."
Check out Conchita's MySpace site
(www.myspace.com/conchitascollective) for information, and
Ricky Flake is a former punk rocker and a music fan who lives
in Biloxi. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
So It Goes EP Review - AMG
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Review by William Ruhlmann The obvious antecedent for singer Conchita Campos is another New York-...Review by William Ruhlmann
The obvious antecedent for singer Conchita Campos is another New York-based female singer/pianist with a mixed American and South Asian heritage, Norah Jones. And on her seven-song debut EP So It Goes …(which is actually credited to her band, Conchita's Collective, with three songs performed by Neoterics, consisting of Campos, Mychal Campos, and Nick Rivera), Jones fans will feel right at home with the jazzy folk-pop tracks. But a closer influence is really Laura Nyro, the urban white soul songstress of the 1960s and ‘70s. Campos is not as dramatic and emotional a singer as Nyro, but she traffics in the same musical style, and she does it very well. These songs have sinuous rhythms that Campos negotiates with ease, playing with the grooves as well as the romantic messages of the lyrics, and ably backed by her fellow musicians, especially on the Neoterics tracks that sometimes turn into duets.
Conchita Campos: So It Goes Review
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One of the most fascinating aspects of music is the power it has to transport the listener to anothe...One of the most fascinating aspects of music is the power it has to transport the listener to another place. Some pieces remind us of troubled times, others bring up powerfully nostalgic feelings and still others conjure up memories of certain places. As I listened to Conchita Campos’ new EP release “So It Goes” I had a strange feeling that I was back in New York City sometime in late fall, wandering around Greenwich Village. I couldn’t help thinking that Campos’ songs are perfect for the small coffee shops around Bleeker St. like The Bitter End.
As it happens, Campos currently lives in New York and it is certainly evident in her music that after two years in the city, the Big Apple has left its indelible mark upon her. At times echoing the hauntingly husky and soulful voice of Nina Simone, Conchita Campos’ music pays homage to her biggest influences while still retaining its originality. Her pop sound is as contemporary and modern as the city she lives in. Whether it’s the upbeat urban vibe of the first two tracks, “Just Time” and “Runaway Day” or the slower, more introspective “For Tonight,” “So It Goes” showcases a wide range of emotion and feeling.
Like most aspiring artists who move to New York in hopes of getting noticed, she has worked hard to establish herself as a unique voice among a frenzy of other hungry and talented musicians. Perhaps it is indeed her actual voice that has set her apart from the rest of the pack. Campos has strong and dynamic vocals that have presence and fit in very well with the current pop “sound.” She also benefits from the solid production of the album. Produced and engineered by Jonathan Jetter at Skyelab studios, “So It Goes” has all of the nuances and subtleties that define contemporary pop music.
There are great backing vocals, nice string arrangements and electronics and programming that often may not be noticed but add so much to the texture of the overall piece that were they not there, you would immediately notice the hollow spot. Her music is not pushing the envelope as much as it is refining and molding the current trend into something original and nice to listen to. However, it is the sincerity with which Campos feels the music and steers the melodies of the songs that makes “So It Goes” a success.
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Conchita Campos So It Goes Independently Released Summer may have found its soundtrack since Co...Conchita Campos
So It Goes
Summer may have found its soundtrack since Conchita Campos released her debut EP, So It Goes. The Filipino-American is breaking into the music scene and bringing an original sound with her. An interesting mix of jazz and folk, punctuated with the strum of acoustics, the track offers a breezy sound that is perfect for the laid-back listener. So It Goes begins with an infectious and funky beat in “Just Time,” while “Runaway Day” is more bright and cheerful. Each song that follows is carefree, light, and perfectly complimented by the soulful vocals of Conchita Campos. Since the CD is only 7 songs long, it is a quick pick-me-up for any slow summer day. –Suzanne Pfefferle
Luna Kafe Record Review
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Conchita Campos' debut EP is recorded with her group Conchita's Collective and it's a pleasant disc....Conchita Campos' debut EP is recorded with her group Conchita's Collective and it's a pleasant disc. Her laid back approach makes it easy on the ear and the soul influence is thankfully low on vocal histrionics.
"Runaway Day" reflects on taking a break from stress and it certainly sounds it, Campos' vocal breezing on by. "For Tonight" is gently drifting, a piano taking the melody lovely places. The vocal is seductive and sweet. The song builds impressively to a strong crescendo. "Walking On Ahead" is carefree and relaxed, the band supporting the singer's vocals well. Conchita Campos should make a full-length debut soon since this is a very short but addictive record.
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