Sterling Campbell Biography – Former Duran Duran Drummer

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Sterling Campbell Bio

Sterling Campbell is an American drummer and former Duran Duran band member. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Sterling Campbell is a former member of Duran Duran. He is a rock drummer and songwriter who has worked with numerous high-profile acts, namely, Soul Asylum, Spandau Ballet, etc. In addition, he has also collaborated with many artists.

The former Duran Duran drummer’s professional life has been a known affair to the public. However, his personal life is still a secret. So, let’s learn more about Sterling Campbell’s net worth, career, wife, children, and family in this biography.

Comes From A Music-Loving Family

On the 3rd of May, 1964, Campbell was born in New York City, USA. He comes from a family of music lovers where everyone enjoyed listening to different genres. For instance, Sterling Campbell’s father was into Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra, and his brothers enjoyed Motown and Philly Soul.

The drummer used to bang on stuff and often played beats with his hands on surfaces. Finally, Sterling Campbell’s mother brought him a drum kit which marked the beginning of his drum playing. Also, the former is the youngest out of six boys in his family.

Sterling began learning to play drums at twelve. After that, he attended The High School of Music & Art (a part of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts) in Manhattan. After graduating, Campbell started practicing and composing his own songs.

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Sterling Campbell Net Worth And Career

When Campbell was 14 years old, he met Dennis Davis, glam-rock god David Bowie‘s then-drummer. He got invited to watch the performance. The young guy became more serious about drumming after watching Davis perform on the big stage at the Bowie concert. Now, he himself is one of the most talented and successful drummers. So, Sterling Campbell’s net worth must be of a considerable sum.

The aspiring drummer began his professional career playing with various artists, songwriters, fusion groups, punk bands, etc. Finally, in 1986, he rose to global fame after accompanying Cyndi Lauper on her True Colors World Tour.

From the late 80s to the early 90s, Campbell played with several successful bands. In 1989, he joined Duran Duran during their promotion of Big Thing. As he became a full member at the end of the year, he contributed to the recording and promotion of Liberty. He must have bagged a fortune working with the band.

However, Sterling hated the constant press attention and was stressed while working in Duran Duran. As a result, he left the band in 1991. Afterward, he played in Soul Asylum as their drummer from 1995 to 1998. He also worked with artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Chic, Percy Jones, Grayson Hugh, Roch Voisine, etc. Furthermore, the drummer toured with David Bowie for fourteen years.

A drummer earns $61,196 a year on average. So, Sterling’s salary must have also been around that range. Thus, Sterling Campbell’s net worth can be estimated to be enormous, considering his successful career.

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Is Sterling Campbell Married?

The New Yorker has always kept his private details away from the media. As a result, there is no information on Sterling Campbell’s wife. However, he did once date Spanish pop artist Marta Sánchez. As per his RollingStone interview, he met her in Europe while working with Duran Duran. Furthermore, Sterling Campbell’s then-girlfriend is a famous music icon. Hence, the ex-pair’s relationship was a hot tabloid topic back then.

Sterling Campbell Girlfriend
Sterling Campbell dated Spanish pop star Marta Sánchez in the past. Image Source: Social Media.

Could Campbell not be married yet? He also rarely speaks of his relationships and has not disclosed anything about his love life. Moreover, the drummer’s less social media presence has made it challenging to learn about his partner.

Sterling started working from a young age and has overcome various obstacles. He also has hustled to live his childhood dream. Hopefully, we will continue seeing him playing drums and enjoying a successful music career.

Facts And Trivia

  • Sterling was once heavily involved in drugs, alcohol, and smoking.
  • He was expelled from China in 2002 after protesting against the persecution of Falun Gong.