The House of Songs invites songwriters from around the world to share the universal language of music in collaborations designed to bridge cultures, build friendships and cultivate peace.
The House of Songs was inspired by a collaboration between award-winning singer-songwriter Troy Campbell and Danish star Poul Krebs, which led to another collaboration at a writers retreat on the wind-powered Danish island of Samsø, aka Song Island. In 2009, they started a one-year project to bring Danish artists to Austin. Recognizing music provides a conduit for connecting diverse cultures together, Campbell developed a plan to spread the concept to other parts of the world. The House of Songs has since sponsored collaborations in 13 countries and now operates out of Austin and Bentonville, Arkansas, where the second permanent location, The House of Songs Ozarks, opened in September of 2017.
The House of Songs participants have had internationally charting songs, earned Grammy nominations and festival headlining slots, and built lifelong bonds with musicians and fans. Envisioning international collaboration as the driving force for the future, The House of Songs uses music to open dialogues and build understanding – and ideally, global harmony.
Founder & President
Inspired by his experiences collaborating with Danish singer-songwriter Poul Krebs, Troy Campbell founded The House of Songs in 2009 as a one-year project to bring Danish artists to Austin. It has since expanded to 14 countries and a second home in Bentonville, Arkansas. In 2016, Campbell's efforts earned him the Folk Alliance International Spirit of Folk Award. He also won an Emmy, a Telly and several Pollie awards (from the American Association of Political Consultants), plus multiple film festival awards, for his live-action and animated productions as co-owner of Collection Agency Films. Also a music consultant for Warner Bros. Television, Campbell started out as a musician. An album by his 1990s band, Loose Diamonds, made the New York Times' annual top 10 list; a track from his last release, ``Long in the Sun,`` was a USA Today top-10 pick. In Denmark, his recordings with Krebs achieved platinum- and gold-disc status.