|Birth name||Tevin Jermod Campbell|
November 12, 1976 |
Waxahachie, Texas, United States
|Genres||R&B, new jack swing, urban|
Music career 
Born in Waxahachie, Texas, Tevin Campbell had a passion for singing at a young age. He began by singing gospel, first as a choir member, and then as a soloist at Jacob's Chapel in a small town just south of Dallas, Texas.
In 1988, a friend of Campbell's mother arranged for him to audition for jazz flutist Bobbi Humphrey by singing over the phone to her in New York. Humphrey took an interest in Campbell and submitted an audio and videotape to Warner Bros. This led to a meeting with Benny Medina, the Warner's senior vice president and general sales manager of black music.
Campbell was introduced to the R&B world by Quincy Jones in August 1989. Campbell's debut single was "Tomorrow (A Better You Better Me)" which reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip hop Singles chart in June 1990. This was a vocal version of a 1976 instrumental by The Brothers Johnson. It was the lead single from Jones' critically acclaimed ensemble LP Back on the Block which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1991. After working with Jones and writers and producers including Siedah Garrett, Campbell worked with producers Narada Michael Walden, Al B. Sure, Babyface, and others to record additional music.
Campbell's first solo hit was "Round and Round", which charted at #3 on R&B charts in November 1990 and #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1991 was produced by Prince and was featured in Prince's film Graffiti Bridge. Campbell followed the success of his first two singles by releasing his debut album, T.E.V.I.N., in November 1991 which featured the R&B hit singles and Campbell's #1 R&B hit: "Tell Me What You Want Me to Do" followed by "Alone with You", and "Goodbye".
Between interviews and television appearances following the release of T.E.V.I.N., he contributed to three special projects: Handel's Messiah, a Grammy Award-winning album produced by Mervyn Warren of Take 6; a Special Olympics Christmas album, featuring Campbell's rendition of "Oh Holy Night"; and Barcelona Gold, the 1992 Olympics album which includes his hit "One Song." The singer's second album, the 1993 release of the album I'm Ready, was also produced by Jones and Medina. "I wanted to make a more mature-sounding album to reflect my current state of mind," Campbell explained to J. R. Reynolds in Billboard magazine. "I'm Ready says a lot about who I am as a person because of the things I've been through during the last four years or so. I hope people will see that I'm not the same young kid that I was on my first album."
I'm Ready released October 1993, yielded the US top ten pop and #1 R&B hit "Can We Talk" in December 1993; "I'm Ready", a US top ten and top five R&B hit; and "Always in My Heart" which charted at the US Hot 100 top twenty and #3 on the R&B chart. He also scored a Top 30 R&B hit with a fourth single, "Don't Say Goodbye Girl". In September 1994, Campbell also scored an R&B hit with the single "U Will Know" as part of the R&B supergroup Black Men United, a group that also included singer Usher. In 1995, Campbell voiced Powerline in Disney's A Goofy Movie, performing the songs "I 2 I" and "Stand Out".
The year 1996 saw the release of his third album, Back to the World (#11 R&B). The title track was a success (hitting the R&B Top 20), but additional singles failed to make an impact on the chart. His early 1999 self-titled album found Campbell venturing into the neo-soul venue. The project was rushed, and as a result charted below the R&B Top 30, with only a single charting, a Top 30 song called "Another Way".
In May 2010, Campbell performed on The Mo'Nique Show. He said that many people wanted him to work again on music and is thinking about a comeback. In November 2010, he was featured on the remake of a song by Quincy Jones called "Secret Garden". The remake featured Usher, Robin Thicke, Tyrese Gibson, LL Cool J and Barry White. TVOne's show Life After featured Campbell's life and career, as well as updates on his comeback.
Acting career 
After his appearance in the 1990 film Graffiti Bridge, Campbell made a guest appearance the following year on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, playing fictional teen idol, "Little T", a celebrity crush and date of Ashley's in the first season episode, "Just Infatuation". In a later episode, he was referenced when Will threatened to destroy Ashley's Tevin Campbell posters after she plays with Will's autographed baseball. In 1995, Campbell voiced the character Powerline in Disney's A Goofy Movie, singing the songs "I 2 I" (Eye To Eye) and "Stand Out".
He also appeared singing "The Closer I Get to You" with Brandy on the September 28, 1995 NY Undercover episode called "Digital Underground.Com".
Campbell played the role of Seaweed J. Stubbs in the Broadway musical Hairspray. He joined the cast in December 2005. Campbell reprised his role of Seaweed in the Broadway musical, Hairspray, in the Melbourne and Sydney productions in Australia.
In September 1999, Campbell was arrested after soliciting a lewd act from an undercover policeman during a sting operation in Van Nuys, California. The sting operation was reportedly conducted in an area where there had been numerous complaints from the public about cruising and solicitation. According to police reports, Campbell was also in possession of a small amount of marijuana at the time of his arrest.
Campbell pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor of solicitation, and as a result was ordered to pay $1080.50 in fines, attend meetings of Narcotics Anonymous and participate in a court-sanctioned AIDS awareness class. He returned to court in February 2000 to provide proof that he had completed the requirements of his sentence.
Studio albums 
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|1996||Back to the World
|2001||The Best of Tevin Campbell||-||-|
|1989||"Tomorrow (A Better You, A Better Me)"||75||1||-||Back on the Block|
|1990||"Round and Round"||12||2||-||T.E.V.I.N.|
|1991||"Just Ask Me To" (featuring Chubb Rock)||88||9||-|
|"Tell Me What You Want Me to Do"||6||1||1|
|"Strawberry Letter 23"||53||40||-|
|"Alone with You"||72||1||-|
|"Can We Talk"||9||1||12||I'm Ready|
|"Always in My Heart"||20||6||1|
|1994||"Don't Say Goodbye Girl"||68||25||-|
|1995||"Brown Eyed Girl"||71||28||-|
|1996||"Back to the World"||47||16||31||Back to the World|
|"I Got It Bad"||-||41||-|
|1997||"You Don't Have to Worry"||-||58||-|
|"Could You Learn to Love"||-||73||-|
|1998||"Another Way"||100||25||-||Tevin Campbell|
|1999||"For Your Love"||-||54||-|
|"Losing All Control"||-||83||-|
As featured performer 
|1992||"I Know That My Redeemer Liveth"||-||-||-||Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration
Awards and nominations 
|Year||Result||Award||Category||Song or album|
|1990||Won||Young Artist Award||Favorite New Recording Artist||"Tomorrow (A Better You Better Me)"|
|1994||Won||Soul Train Music Award||Best R&B/Soul Single – Male||"Can We Talk"|
|1991||Nominated||Grammy Award||Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance – Male||"Round and Round"|
|1993||Nominated||Grammy Award||Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance – Male||T.E.V.I.N.|
|1994||Nominated||Grammy Award||Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance – Male||"Can We Talk"|
|1995||Nominated||Grammy Award||Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance – Male||"I'm Ready"|
|Nominated||Grammy Award||Best Rhythm & Blues Album||I'm Ready|
|1992||Nominated||American Music Award||Favorite Male Artist – Soul/Rhythm & Blues||
|1994||Nominated||American Music Award||Favorite Male Artist – Soul/Rhythm & Blues||
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- "Rhythmic Top 40: "Always in My Heart"". billboard.com. Retrieved 2008-07-27.[dead link]
- "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrents: "U Will Know"". billboard.com. Retrieved 2008-07-27.[dead link]
- David, Cara Joy (2005-12-06). "R&B Singer Tevin Campbell Joins the Cast of B'way's Hairspray". broadway.com. Retrieved 2008-07-27.
- "Hairspray The Musical - Australia". hairspraythemusical.com.au. 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2011-08-09.
- "Singer Tevin Campbell Arrested On Solicitation, Marijuana Charges In Los Angeles". Jet. 1999-09-13. Retrieved 2008-07-27.
- "Tevin Campbell Sentenced To Classes On AIDS And Narcotics For Sex Solicitation Charge". Jet. 1999-11-29. Retrieved 2008-07-27.
- Tevin Campbell at the Internet Movie Database
- Tevin Campbell at the Internet Broadway Database
- Tevin Campbell at Allmusic
- Tevin Campbell at Discogs