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Ida Campbell


Ida Campbell, born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and raised in Washington, DC, has been singing most of her life. Ida’s Blues Nations Soul Band was formed in 2008 and she recently added the Eclectic Soul Band to bring a distinctive Blues, R&B, and Jazz sound like no one else’s. Ida finds her musical inspiration in her gospel roots in Quincy & Chicago, Illinois and with artists like B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, and ZZ Hill among others. In addition to the blues guitar masters, she also emulates the spirit and energy of Aretha Franklin, Etta James, KoKo Taylor, Barbara Carr, Denise LaSalle, Tina Turner and Betty Wright and other Rhythm & Blues Artist, and Jazz professionals.

Ida brings a spirited, invigorating, soul shaking presence and masters the kind of sound of blues that will affect you to the bone. Blues Nation is comprised of professional musicians from the District, Maryland and Virginia that have played with Grammy and Grammy-nominated artists and international acts.

Watch Past Performances

Video 2/14/2018: Ida Campbell and her Bluesz Nation Band

The D.C. Legendary Musicians presents the fantastic Ida Campbell and her Bluesz Nation Band. Cambell, host of WPFW’s “Don’t Forget The Blues,” sings blues, gospel, and old school R&B, and is known to light up a room, leaving her audience mesmerized and wanting more.

Ida Campbell