Chloe-Beth at the Hen House
Young Singer-Songwriter Returns to Woodyfest
Let’s just [Sidenote: This is the fourteenth feature in our ongoing coverage of Woodyfest 2018. It features Edid singer-songwriter Chloe-Beth Campbell.] get it out of the way. Chloe-Beth Campbell (just “Chloe-Beth” when she performs) is tiny. Just shy of 4′11″ and weighing 110 pounds, she usually has to lower the microphone if she’s following another musician. And every article you’re going to read about her from today until she’s holding her second Grammy in twenty years is going to start
The petite singer from Oklahoma […], which is entirely besides the point.
In the immediate future, most of what’s written about her will probably mention her youth. Most likely, there will be something about the voice of an
old soul. Writers will proclaim astonishment that such a young person can express wisdom, as if young people can’t be wise. [Sidenote: There’s wisdom in Chloe-Beth’s songs, but some of them are also understandably raw and unpolished — that’s okay; she’s still honing her craft. She may not yet possess yogic wisdom, but if she keeps at it she’ll be writing songs that approach the lyricism and subtlety of another great songwriter to come out of Enid, Brad Fielder. If you dig deep into his catalogue you’ll see some youthful indiscretion — but also wild experimentation and fearless curiosity — that gives only a hint at the thoughtful songwriter he’s become. We expect the same of Chloe-Beth.] It’s true, Chloe-Beth gave her first Woodyfest showcase last year, when she was seventeen. She’s eighteen now. That’s also besides the point.
This is the point: Chloe-Beth writes songs that span the deeply personal and the universal, in a style that borrows freely from country, folk, and pop music. When performing covers she puts her own stamp on the material. She has a strong, well-tuned instrument — her voice is pleasant and her technique more than up to the task. When she sings, you can’t help but reflect her wide, open smile on your own grinning face.
Her artist bio says she grew up musical, with a love of song instilled in her by her mother at a young age. It shows.
You can check out her upcoming shows on her tour page.