Drummer extraordinaire Teddy Campbell can be seen by millions on the FOX smash hit show American Idol. He is a member of the live house band that plays a pivotal role in making Idol one of the most entertaining and most watched programs in TV history. Each week Teddy accompanies the music star hopefuls with his Yamaha Absolute Birch Nouveau drums on the show that has now become a cultural phenomenon.
Long before he debuted on national network TV, Teddy discovered his love of drumming by banging on his mom’s pots and pans at the age of three. The drummer grew up in the Gospel music scene of Chicago, Illinois, where he played in church for the first time at the age of four, and hasn’t looked back since.
Relocating to California almost nine years ago, Campbell, now 30, has become one of the hardest-working drummers in the business. His resume is so impressive that even he sometimes has a hard time believing how truly blessed he’s been.
Teddy has served as musical director and drummer for pop stars 98 Degrees and Britney Spears (while both were at the peak of their careers). A few of his other musical director credits include Deborah Cox, Kelly Price, Mary Mary, and Ann Nesby (formally of Sounds Of Blackness). Teddy has also recorded with Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Rod Stewart, Al Jarreau, Kirk Whalum, and Kelly Clarkson.
No stranger to life on the road, Teddy has toured with The Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, LSG (Gerald Levert, Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill), Queen Latifah, and Bette Midler.
Teddy has also been the in-house drummer for The Image Awards, The Essence Awards, The Billboard Awards, BET Awards, BET’s Celebration Of Gospel (hosted by Steve Harvey), VH1 Disco Ball, VH1 Diva’s Concert, and the VH1 Save The Music Concert.
Despite all of that work, Campbell still finds the time to stay true to his roots, fronting his own Gospel group, The Soul Seekers. “I’m the lead singer in the group, and Eric Seats is the drummer,” Teddy explains. “I played drums on two of the studio tracks, “What Would You Do?” and “He’ll Make A Way.” We did most of the record live at drummer/producer Nisan Stewart’s dad’s church. Nissan is in the group as well, ‘though he doesn’t play, he sings.'” The Soul Seekers won a 2006 Stellar Award for Quartet Group of the Year, the highest achievement you can receive in Gospel music.
Drummer, Musical Director, Singer… Teddy wears many hats, and there is no limit to what this talented musician can do.
Courtesy of Yamaha Corporation from Teddy Campbell’s artist page.