It is her commanding presence and captivating stage personality along with her dynamic and versatile voice that has made Vanessa Campagna a fan favorite. These traits along with her passion to perform have earned her the opportunity to work with some of the most successful entertainers in the music industry and at many of the most prestigious music venues across the country. It is her diversity, yet vocal purity that earned her the respect of world-renowned multi-award winning, director/composer, Marvin Hamlisch; who claimed, “Vanessa is the real deal”. She was both honored and humbled when he asked her to join him for a variety of shows with the National, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Pittsburgh Symphonies. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said after one of her shows, “…the blossoming star power and whopping voice of young Vanessa Campagna shined brightly” and in the words of the Buffalo News, “Vanessa is a precociously gifted vocal powerhouse and a mature singer reminiscent of a young Celine Dion.”
She was only 10 years old when she was chosen out of 24,000 youngsters to appear on CBS’ Star Search. Since then, she has shared the stage with some of the greatest artists in the music industry such as Reba, Sugarland, Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Loretta Lynn, Keith Urban and more. It was in Nashville, Tennessee where Vanessa recorded her first two albums, “Vanessa Campagna”, and “Can You Hear Me Now”. For her third CD, “For You”, Vanessa wrote all but one of the songs and co-produced the album. It was this CD that captured the attention of Nashville publishing Company, Wide Open Music Group, who signed her to her first writing/publishing deal.
Vanessa’s versatility enabled her to land the soulful theme song for the television show, Bar Karma, which aired on Current (CURNT) TV. She collaborated with producer/songwriter Rick Witkowski again on the music and lyrics for a short film project which aired on MTV called Inocentes. A story about a young artist’s determination never to surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. Inocente later won an Academy Award for the “Documentary/short” category, at the 2013 OSCARS. Because of her talents and accomplishments, Vanessa was also the focus of Vanessa’s Story, a 30 minute documentary on WQED-TV (PBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, PA). The program gave a personal look at her passion for performing and provided insight into the not so every-day life of this teen and what it takes to balance a career and a typical young life. In Vanessa’s eyes, dreams are meant to come true! Her passion for music continues to grow and shine. The sky truly is the limit for this bright young star.
For more on Vanessa and her music, please visit her online at MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter.