Basic Background Info

Birth: February 24, 2975
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Band: The Soul Seekers
Genres: Rock, Gospel
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician



Millions of Americans have seen Teddy Campbell perform in the house band for reality-television-sensation American Idol, led by Ricky Minor.

Teddy Campbell started playing makeshift drums around the house as a small child. Gospel church audiences in Chicago first listened to Teddy Campbell on the drums when he was just four years old. Regardless of his impressive professional experience, Teddy Campbell believes that playing in the church band was the best education. Until Teddy Campbell was fourteen, he only listened to Gospel music. After that, he started listening to Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Will Kennedy, Steve Gadd, Marvin Gaye, Parliament,and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Teddy Campbell relocated to California in his twenties and immediately settled into the Los Angeles music scene. In their popular heyday, both Britney Spears and 98 Degrees invited Teddy Campbell to serve as their musical director and drummer. Teddy Campbell also served as musical director for Deborah Cox, Kelly Price, Mary Mary, and Ann Nesby. Teddy Campbell's recording credits include Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Rod Stewart, Al Jarreau, Kirk Whalum, and Kelly Clarkson. He has also toured with The Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, LSG (Gerald Levert, Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill), Queen Latifah, and Bette Midler.

In addition, Teddy Campbell has frequently performed at a host of awards ceremonies, including The Image Awards, The Essence Awards, The Billboard Awards, BET Awards, and BET's Celebration Of Gospel, as well as the VH1 Disco Ball, VH1 Diva's Concert, and the VH1 Save The Music Concert.

Having regularly performed with American Idol musical director Rickey Minor on various television shows, Rickey recommended Teddy for America Idolís house band. Teddy Campbell performs reading charts and the requirements for a live televised performance are often strict.

Teddy Campbell also performs with his own Gospel group, The Soul Seekers. In an interesting twist, Teddy Campbell is the lead singer and Eric Seats is the drummer. Occasionally, drummer and producer Nisan Stewart joins Teddy Campbell singing for the group. In 2006, The Soul Seekers won Gospel musicís highest accolade: the Stellar Award for the Quartet Group of the Year.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1997 Try Me Again Kim Burrell
1997 Well Done Adrian B. King & Reverence
1998 Keep Your Mind on Jesus Chicago Mass Choir
1999 New Direction New Direction
2002 All I Got Al Jarreau
2002 Divas Las Vegas Various Artists
2002 Morning After Deborah Cox
2002 Play Date Euge Groove
2002 Tanyell Tanyell
2002 VH1 Divas: 2002 Various Artists
2003 Definition of Love Impromp2
2003 Percy Bady Experience Percy Bady
2003 Stacie Orrico Stacie Orrico
2003 Still Small Voice Paul Jackson Jr.
2003 Thankful Kelly Clarkson
2004 Blue Note Plays Stevie Wonder Various Artists
2004 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Original Soundtrack
2004 Do It Duhe Robin Duhe
2004 Good Life David Lanz
2004 I Really Love You Denetria Champ
2004 Kickin' It Up Gerald Albright
2004 Nothing Without You Smokie Norful
2004 Piano Rags Scott Joplin/Alexander Peskanov
2004 Pure Boney James
2004 Weeper A. Ray Fuller
2005 Classic Moments Patti LaBelle
2005 Day by Day Yolanda Adams
2005 Duke George Duke
2005 Mary Mary Mary Mary
2005 Nothing Without You Smokie Norful
2005 Now Is the Time Anointed
2005 Possibilities Herbie Hancock
2005 So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross Various Artists
2005 Soul Seekers The Original Soul Seekers
2005 Time to Love Stevie Wonder
2006 In My Mind Heather Headley
2006 Just Feelin' It Michael Manson
2006 New Beginnings Gerald Albright
2006 Shine Boney James
2006 Stacie Orrico Stacie Orrico
2006 Surrounded Men of Standard
2007 Best of Me Yolanda Adams
2007 Christmas Present Boney James
2007 Free Marcus Miller
2007 Interpretations: Celebrating the Music of Earth, Wind Various Artists
2007 My Inspiration Everette Harp
2007 Play Jeff Kashiwa
2007 Stay with Me Norman Brown
2008 Best of Stacie Orrico Stacie Orrico
2008 Marcus Marcus Miller
2008 The Sound Mary Mary
2008 Thankful/Incerdible Mary Mary
2008 Stand (Int eh Light) James Ingram
2008 Soul Seal
2008 Sax for Stax Gerald Albright
2008 My Love: Essential Collection Celine Dion
2008 Moon Ride Leon Ware
2008 Lilly Mack Sing-A-Long Series: Sunday Afternoon Lilly Mack Singers
2008 It's Christmas Ledisi
2008 Heat Michael Lington
2008 Dukey Treats George Duke
2008 A Long Time Coming Wayne Brady
2009 Turn Me Loose Ledisi
2009 The Very Best of Jeff Kashiwa Jeff Kashiwa
2009 The Singles Collection Britney Spears
2009 Send One Your Love Boney James
2009 Destiny New Direction
2009 American Idol Season 8 Various Artists
2010 Soul Seekers II Soul Seekers
2010 Sending My Love Norman Brown
2010 Seal/Seal II/Soul Seal
2010 Merry Christmas II You Mariah Carey
2010 Love God. Love People. The London Sessions Israel Houghton
2010 Deja Vu George Duke
2010 Collector's Pack Michael Lington
2010 American Idol Season 9 Various Artists
2011 Uncommon Me Isaac Carree
2011 The Way It Used to Be Patrick Cooper
2011 The Journey Andrae Crouch
2011 The Essential Celine Dion Celine Dion
2011 Sundays in New York Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra
2011 Something Big Mary Mary
2011 Kelly Kelly Price
2011 Jazz for Japan Various Artists
2011 I Survived Dorinda Clark-Cole
2011 I Remember Me Jennifer Hudson
2011 From Now On Dawkins & Dawkins
2011 Contact Boney James
2012 Whoa to Wow! Renee Spearman
2012 This Christmas John Travolta
2012 Joyful Noise (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Various Artists
2013 This Christmas Album Human Nature
2013 Sexual Healing: Smooth Urban Jazz! Various Artists
2014 The 25th of December Dave Koz
2014 Soul Appeal Michael Lington
2014 Partners Barbra Streisand
2014 Motown Christmas Various Artists
2014 Help Erica Campbell
2014 Get On Up: The James Brown Story James Brown


  • Teddy on learning to play in a Gospel church band: "Because not only does your pocket get strong in that setting, your awareness of what's going on around you improves, because you have to pay attention to so many things in church. You've got to watch the director. You've got to listen to the music, support the band and singers, and watch the preacher. It's not just showing up and playing. You have to be very attentive. And spiritually too, you've got to be in tune with what's happening. If the spirit is trying to move to a worship mode or to more praise and aggressive music, you've got to be able to switch over."

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Yamaha
Cymbals: Zildjian
Sticks: Pro-Mark

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