I'm Ready (Tevin Campbell album)

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I'm Ready
I'm Ready.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 26, 1993
Studio
Length49:22
LabelQwest Records, Warner Bros. Records
ProducerQuincy Jones (exec.), Benny Medina (exec.), Babyface, Prince, Daryl Simmons, Narada Michael Walden
Tevin Campbell chronology
T.E.V.I.N.
(1991)
I'm Ready
(1993)
Back to the World
(1996)
Singles from I'm Ready
  1. "Can We Talk"
    Released: September 30, 1993
  2. "Shhh"
    Released: 1993
  3. "I'm Ready"
    Released: February 25, 1994
  4. "Always in My Heart"
    Released: June 16, 1994
  5. "Don't Say Goodbye Girl"
    Released: November 11, 1994
  6. "Brown Eyed Girl"
    Released: June 30, 1995

I'm Ready is the second studio album by singer Tevin Campbell, released on October 26, 1993. With this album, Campbell showed his skill as a soul singer.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]

The album sold over 2 million copies, reaching double Platinum status, and yielded the biggest R&B hit of his career, the #1 R&B single "Can We Talk". The album produced 3 more charting singles with "I'm Ready", "Always In My Heart" and "Don't Say Goodbye Girl". To date this has been Tevin's biggest selling album and many considered this album to be the high mark of his career despite the fact he was only 16 when he recorded the album. The album was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards: 1994 Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance – Male ("Can We Talk"), 1995 Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance – Male ("I'm Ready"), and Best Rhythm & Blues Album. Prince was credited as Paisley Park for his contributions to the album as a songwriter, arranger, and producer.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Can We Talk"Babyface, Daryl SimmonsBabyface, Simmons4:44
2."Don't Say Goodbye Girl"Burt Bacharach, Sally Jo Dakota, Narada Michael WaldenWalden4:30
3."Interlude"  0:13
4."The Halls Of Desire"PrincePrince4:36
5."I'm Ready"BabyfaceBabyface, Simmons4:45
6."What Do I Say"Dakota, Johnny Gill, WaldenWalden4:55
7."Uncle Sam"Prince, Paula SherieldPrince3:57
8."Interlude"  0:29
9."Paris1798430"PrincePrince3:37
10."Always In My Heart"Babyface, SimmonsBabyface, Simmons5:40
11."Interlude"  0:09
12."Shhh"PrincePrince4:55
13."Brown Eyed Girl"Campbell, Dakota, WaldenWalden3:48
14."Infant Child"WaldenWalden2:42

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic.[2]

  • Airiq Anest – assistant engineer, engineer
  • Babyface – guest artist, producer, instruments, background vocals
  • Tommy Barbarella – keyboards
  • Louis Biancaniello – arranger, associate producer, keyboards, programming, synthesizer arrangements
  • Vernon "Ice" Black – guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Atlanta Bliss – horn
  • Nicole Bradin – background vocals
  • Michael Brauer – mixing
  • Rudy Calvo – make-up
  • Tevin Campbell – primary artist, background vocals
  • Milton Chan – assistant engineer
  • Bruck Dawit – assistant engineer
  • David Eike – assistant engineer
  • David Frazer – engineer, mixing
  • Lori Fumar – assistant engineer
  • Jack McAdoo – assistant engineer
  • Nikita Germaine – background vocals
  • Brad Gilderman – engineer
  • Preston Glass – sitar, background vocals
  • William "DJ" Graves – scratching
  • Sandy Griffith – background vocals
  • Ray Hahnfeldt – engineer
  • Jerry Hey – conductor, string arrangements
  • Charlie Hunter – electric guitar
  • Skyler Jett – background vocals
  • Kathleen Johnson – background vocals
  • Kirk Johnson – percussion, producer, scratching
  • Don Jones – hair stylist
  • Quincy Jones – executive producer
  • Ellen Keating – background vocals
  • Janice Lee – production coordination
  • Eric Leeds – horn, horn arrangements
  • Tony Lindsay – background vocals
  • Mike Mani – associate producer, keyboards, programming
  • Frank Martin – synthesized strings
  • Benny Medina – executive producer
  • Michael B. – drums
  • Steve Noonan – engineer
  • Barney Perkins – mixing
  • Prince – guest artist, arranger, executive producer, producer
  • Marc Reyburn – engineer
  • Rail Jon Rogut – assistant engineer, engineer, strings
  • Matt Rohr – assistant engineer
  • Greg Ross – art direction, design
  • Marc Russo – soprano saxophone
  • F. Scott Schafer – photography
  • Levi Seacer, Jr. – guitar
  • Monty Seward – associate producer, keyboards, producer, programming
  • Cynthia Shiloh – production coordination
  • Daryl Simmons – producer
  • Ivy Skoff – production coordination
  • Donnell Sullivan – engineer
  • Sonny T. – bass, percussion
  • Jeanie Tracy – background vocals
  • Kevin Walden – production coordination
  • Narada Michael Walden – arranger, guest artist, piano, producer, rhythm arrangements, vocal arrangement
  • Randy Walker – midi technician
  • Steve Warner – assistant engineer
  • Dave Way – mixing
  • Ulrich Wild – assistant engineer
  • Jim "Z" Zumpano – engineer

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[3] 14
US Billboard 200[4] 18
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[4] 3

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[5]
Billboard Hot 100 US
R&B
1993 "Can We Talk" 9 1
"Shhh" 8
1994 "I'm Ready" 9 2
"Always In My Heart" 20 3
"Don't Say Goodbye Girl" 85 22

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[6] Gold 35,000^
United States (RIAA)[7] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lytle, Craig. Tevin Campbell: I'm Ready > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  2. ^ "I'm Ready – Tevin Campbell | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Tevin Campbell – I'm Ready". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien.
  4. ^ a b "Tevin Campbell US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
  5. ^ "Tevin Campbell US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
  6. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia’s Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 48.
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Tevin Campbell – I'm Ready". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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