Craig Campbell on New Single 'Tomorrow Night': 'It Was Definitely a Message I Wanted to Sing About'
Nobody is more excited than Craig Campbell to have a new single on the radio.
The RED BOW recording artist took time out with Billboard to discuss “Tomorrow Night” and said, “It’s a breath of fresh air. There was a 19-month span between ‘Keep Them Kisses Coming’ and the new single. Obviously, having my first top 10 gave me a lot of momentum in signing a new record deal, but there was that big space. It feels really good. I feel this is a great leadoff single from a new label, and it’s good to have something new out.”
Campbell -- who hit No. 9 on the Country Airplay chart with “Keep Them Kisses Coming” after the close of his label, Bigger Picture -- says that the fans don’t really keep up with the business side of things; they just want new music. “They don’t know what record label you’re signed to. There’s a handful of people that might keep up with that, but for the most part, they just want to hear new music. They’ve been excited about it. My objective is to bring them music that will make them happy, but also bring in a whole new crowd. I feel like we’ve done that with this song.”
He said RED BOW has offered him a new lease on his career, and the sky is the limit. “I feel like where I was, even though we had an amazing radio team, and we had success, there were a lot of resources that we didn’t have our hands on. That’s what I’m more excited about than anything at RED BOW is that we have all the pieces to the puzzle. We have every ingredient it takes to win. There’s nothing we can’t do,” he says, adding that mentality comes from the label’s CEO, Benny Brown. “He got me fired up right off the bat. He said, ‘We’re going to make sure the music is right from the first, before anything. If that’s in place, and we’re on the same page, I’ll do everything I can to make it a hit song.’ As an artist, you can’t ask for anything else.”
Campbell also offered praise to his co-writers for starting the song and letting him into the creative process. "Justin Wilson and Vicky McGhee already had started writing. He called me and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got this song that we’ve started and feel like you’d be interested. We’re going to stop where we are and get you to come in and help us finish it.' I came in and fell in love with it. I said, ‘This is something I feel that I have yet to say musically on either one of my albums.’ It was definitely a message I wanted to sing about. I’m glad they have waited on me,” he said.
The singer just completed a video for the song, which shows a different side of him. “The video was very much what the song is about. It’s a very sexy video. It’s about a guy and a girl who had an amazing night, and the following day, they can’t think about anything else. Without giving too much away, the anticipation of doing it again has pretty much taken over. The video also has some stuff I’ve never done before. I got to take my shirt off and did quite a bit of acting in the video. I’ve never done that either. It was a challenge for me, but it turned out pretty good,” he said, adding that he has cut six tracks so far for his upcoming RED BOW debut.
Campbell is also flying high as a songwriter these days, with his “All American Kid” composition landing on Garth Brooks’ most recent album, Man Against Machine. “I still haven’t soaked it in. I thought when he cut it, ‘Of course, he recorded it, but it won’t be on the album.' Then, I get a phone call that he wanted all the songwriters to listen to the album. I go by, and the first time I hear him singing my song, he’s standing right behind me. It was awesome. I’ve never had a song that I’ve written recorded by an artist other than myself, so for it to be Garth Brooks, I can quit now,” he says with a smile.