Tisha Campbell-Martin

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Tisha Campbell-Martin
Born Tisha Michelle Campbell
(1968-10-13) October 13, 1968 (age 49)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Other names Tish, Tisha Martin
Education Newark Arts High School
Years active 1977–present
Known for Gina Payne – Martin
Jay Kyle – My Wife and Kids
Home town Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Spouse(s) Duane Martin (m. 1996)
Children 2
Musical career
Associated acts Tichina Arnold

Tisha Campbell-Martin (born Tisha Michelle Campbell; October 13, 1968) is an American actress and singer. Campbell is best known for her roles as Regina "Gina" Waters-Payne on the FOX series Martin and as Janet "Jay" Marie Johnson-Kyle on the ABC series My Wife and Kids.

Early life[edit]

Campbell was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and raised in Newark, New Jersey, where she attended Newark Arts High School.[1] Her mother, Mona (née Raye) Shockley (now known as Mona Washington), was a nurse, talent manager, gospel singer, and vocal coach. Her father, Michael Campbell, was a factory worker and singer, and as a chess master, works with underprivileged children on both the east and west coast.[2] Her parents encouraged her love for music. Tisha has an older brother, three younger brothers,[2] and a younger sister.



Campbell's first TV appearance was at the age of six, in a 1974 episode of the PBS show The Big Blue Marble.[2] As a child, she won many talent shows, going on to appear in such children’s programs as Kids Are People Too, Unicorn Tales, and Captain Kangaroo. At age 18, she performed in the musical feature film, Little Shop of Horrors as Chiffon, one of The Supremes-like girl-group Greek Chorus, along with future Martin co-star, Tichina Arnold.[3] After graduating from the Arts High School in Newark, she moved to Hollywood, where she became a star on the short-lived series, Rags to Riches. She also starred in School Daze as Jane Toussaint.[3] In 1992, Campbell released her debut album, Tisha, which was a moderate success, selling 40,000 copies. Two singles received minor airplay on the R&B stations: "Push", which was co-written and produced by Campbell's' friend, Vanilla Ice, and "Love Me Down".[4] Campbell made guest appearances on Everybody Hates Chris. She later played Janet "Jay" Kyle on My Wife and Kids.[5] After My Wife and Kids, Campbell became a part of the sitcoms, Rita Rocks and The Protector. In 2012, Campbell starred in Mindless Behavior's music video, "Hello", starring as Prodigy's mom. In 2015, she began playing Damona on Dr. Ken, starring Ken Jeong.[6] Campbell is a member of the American Film Institute and the Writer’s Boot Camp. She then produced the film short A Luv Tale about two women who fall in love with each other. The film won many awards, including the Audience Choice Award at the Black Hollywood Film Festival.[citation needed]


Campbell contributed vocals for the soundtrack of her 1997 film, Sprung, singing on the remake of "Don’t Ask My Neighbor" with her Martin co-star Tichina Arnold.[3] She appeared in several music videos in the 1990s and 2000s, including two for Will Smith ("Will 2K" and "Wild Wild West") and Toni Braxton ("You’re Makin' Me High"). On September 21, 2015, she released the single, "Steel Here".[7] On February 24, 2016, Campbell released the single, "Lazy Bitch", as well as an accompanying video, where she featured her friend, Tasha Smith.[8]

Personal life[edit]

On August 17, 1996, Campbell married actor Duane Martin.[9] The couple have two sons. In November 1996, Campbell left the FOX series Martin during its final season, citing "intolerable" working conditions. In early 1997, Campbell filed a lawsuit against co-star Martin Lawrence on the counts of sexual harassment and abuse both on and off set.[10] By April 1997, Campbell had won the lawsuit and returned to appear in the last two episodes of the series,[11] but was never again on the same set with Lawrence.


Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Magnificent Major Daisy Bunsen Short film
1980 The Me Nobody Knows Lillie-Mae Television film
1986 Little Shop of Horrors Chiffon
1988 School Daze Jane Toussaint
1988 Heart and Soul Jamie Sinclair Television film
1989 Rooftops Amber
1990 House Party Sidney
1990 Moe's World Jiwanda Television film
1990 Another 48 Hrs. Amy Smith
1991 House Party 2 Sidney
1992 Boomerang Yvonne
1994 House Party 3 Sidney
1996 Snitch Steimer
1996 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Sledge Voice
1997 Sprung Brandy
1998 The Sweetest Gift Ruby Wilson Television film
2001 Down to Earth Woman in audience
2002 The Last Place on Earth Ann Field
2008 Zack and Miri Make a Porno Delaney's Wife
2009 Pastor Brown Amanda Carlton
2010 Wright vs. Wrong Sasha
2011 Lemonade Mouth Jenny Reznick Television film
2016 Rush Hour 4 Sofia May Pre-producing
Year Title Role Notes
1987–88 Rags to Riches Marva Foley Main role; 20 episodes
1990 Shannon's Deal Annette Episode: "Inside Straight"
1991 A Different World Josie Webb 2 episodes
1991 The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Kathleen Episode: "Did the Earth Move for You?"
1991 Blossom Toni 2 episodes
1992 Roc Angela Kimbro Episode: "A Piece of the Roc"
1992–97 Martin Gina Waters-Payne / Gina Waters Main role; 132 episodes
1995-00 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Rapunzel/Glodie 2 episodes
1997 Duckman Ebony Sable Episode: "Ebony, Baby"
1997 Between Brothers Daisy Episode: "Dusty's in Love"
1998 Getting Personal Michelle / Sandy Episode: "Milo Does the Darndest Things"
1999 Wasteland Olivia Episode: "The Object of My Affection"
2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Joyce Episode: "The Halloween Scene"
2001 Cousin Skeeter Nicole 2 episodes
2001–05 My Wife and Kids Jay Kyle Main role; 123 episodes
2003 The Proud Family Rene Episode: "There's Something About Rene"
2004–06 All of Us Carmen James Recurring role (Season 34)
2008–09 Everybody Hates Chris Peaches Clarkson Recurring role (Season 4)
2008–09 Rita Rocks Patty Mannix Main role; 40 episodes
2011 The Paul Reiser Show Maggie Episode: "The Old Guy"
2011 The Protector Michelle Dulcett Main role; 13 episodes
2012 Robot Chicken Beyoncé Knowles Episode: "Casablankman 2"
2012 Private Practice Pam Reiter Episode: "You Don't Know What You've Got Til It's Gone"
2013 Malibu Country Rikki Episode: "Bowling for Mama"
2013–present Real Husbands of Hollywood Herself Reality television
2015–17 Dr. Ken Damona Watkins Main role; 44 episodes
2016 The $100,000 Pyramid Herself (celebrity guest) Episode: Tisha Campbell-Martin vs. Ken Jeong. She was the first celebrity player to help her civilian partner win $100,000 on the show.
2017 Legends of Chamberlain Heights Voice 6 episodes



List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak

Tisha 37
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


Song Year Album
"Be Alone Tonight" 1988 School Daze
"Push" 1992 Tisha
"Love Me Down"
"Don't Ask My Neighbor"
(with Tichina Arnold)
1997 Sprung
"Steel Here"[13] 2015 Non-album single

Featured singles[edit]

Song Year Album
"All Cried Out"[14]
(Full Force featuring Tisha Campbell-Martin)
2014 Full Force: With Love From Our Friends

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1991 Independent Spirit Award "Best Supporting Female" House Party Nominated
1996 Image Award "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" Martin Nominated
1997 Image Award "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" Martin Nominated
2002 Image Award "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Nominated
2003 Image Award "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Won
2004 Image Award "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Nominated
2004 BET Comedy Award "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Won
2005 Image Award "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Nominated
2005 BET Comedy Award "Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series" Shared with: Various My Wife and Kids Nominated
2009 Image Award "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" Rita Rocks Nominated
2010 Image Award "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" Rita Rocks Nominated


  1. ^ "A Brief History, Newark Arts High School". Retrieved August 10, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tisha Campbell-Martin profile". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Tisha Campbell-Martin on IMDb
  4. ^ "People are Talking About". Jet. 83 (6): 61. November 30, 1992. ISSN 0021-5996. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Listings, Everybody Hates Chris". thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Dr. Ken Series Premiere Date Announced". ABC Go. Archived from the original on September 4, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ Tisha Campbell Martin released the song "Steel Here", billboard.com; accessed January 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Tisha Campbell Martin Drops Her New Song "Lazy B*tch"". In Flex We Trust. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  9. ^ Happy 15th Anniversary To The Martins, simplytisha.com; accessed February 2, 2016.
  10. ^ JET Magazine - Tisha Campbell Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Martin Lawrence - January 27, 1997
  11. ^ JET Magazine - Martin Lawrence Ends Sitcom 'Martin', In Fifth Season - April 28, 1997
  12. ^ "Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums History". Billboard. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  13. ^ Tisha Campbell Martin released the song Steel Here on billboard.com
  14. ^ "All Cried Out (feat. Tisha Campbell Martin) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 

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