Warryn Campbell

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Warryn Campbell
Birth name Warryn Stafford Campbell II
Also known as Smiley, Baby Dubb
Born (1975-08-21) August 21, 1975 (age 42)
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer, rapper
  • Vocals
  • drums
  • bass guitar
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Years active 1995–present
Labels My Block
Associated acts PJ Morton, Mary Mary, Erica Campbell, DJ Quik, Kanye West, Musiq Soulchild, Kelly Price, Angie Stone, Dru Hill, Yolanda Adams, The Soul Seekers, Koryn Hawthorne

Warryn Stafford Campbell II[1] (born August 21, 1975)[2] is an American multi Grammy winner record producer and multi-instrumentalist. He specializes in gospel music and R&B. Campbell originally got his start as a session musician and producer under the tutelage of DJ Quik[3] on his third album Safe + Sound.[4]


His work includes production and songwriting credits for Mary Mary, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Xzibit, Yolanda Adams, Mos Def, Missy Elliott, Kierra Sheard, Brandy, Dave Hollister, Men of Standard, Mario, Kelly Price, Shanice, Dru Hill, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Musiq Soulchild and more. He is also a member of the modern quartet-styled traditional gospel group The Soul Seekers signed to GospoCentric Records. As a record executive, he served as vice president of A&R for Elektra Records briefly. Warryn recently helped produce Australian R&B singer Jade MacRae's second album Get Me Home (2008), in Australia. He recently collaborated with R&B/Pop singer Amerie on a rock & roll track titled "Higher" for her fourth album In Love & War (2009).

Personal life[edit]

On May 26, 2001,[5] he married Erica Atkins of the gospel/R&B duo Mary Mary. He is the founder and producer of ("Mary Mary") which consist of Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina (Tina) Atkins-Campbell. They have a daughter, Krista Nicole Campbell (born September 13, 2004). On October 20, 2009, Erica announced via Twitter, the birth of her son, TJ as well as her second pregnancy. On April 24, 2010, the couple's second child, Warryn Campbell III was born. On July 19, 2011, Erica announced on Good Morning America that she was pregnant with their third child. She gave birth early to a girl, Zaya Monique Campbell , on January 24, 2012.[6][7][8][9][10]

Campbell was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2008 and had an emergency operation to remove one kidney.[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2000 Mountain High... Valley Low (Yolanda Adams's album) (as producer) Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album Won
2001 Thankful (Mary Mary's album) (as producer) Won
2002 Songs in A Minor (Alicia Keys's album) (as producer) Best R&B Album Won
2003 Full Moon (Brandy's album) (as producer) Best Contemporary R&B Album Nominated
2005 Afrodisiac (Brandy's album) (as producer) Nominated
It's About Time (Christina Milian's album) (as producer) Nominated
2006 Late Registration (Kanye West's album) (as producer) Album of the Year Nominated
Best Rap Album Won
The Cookbook (Missy Elliott's album) (as producer) Nominated
Turning Point (Mario's album) (as producer) Best Contemporary R&B Album Nominated
Mary Mary (Mary Mary's album) (as producer) Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album Nominated
"Heaven" (Mary Mary) Best Gospel Song Nominated
2007 Unpredictable (Jamie Foxx's album) (as producer) Best R&B Album Nominated
2008 Graduation (Kanye West's album) (as producer) Album of the Year Nominated
Best Rap Album Won
Luvanmusiq (Musiq Soulchild's album) (as producer) Best R&B Album Nominated
2009 The Sound (Mary Mary's album) (as producer) Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album Nominated
Jennifer Hudson (Jennifer Hudson's album) (as producer) Best R&B Album Won
"Get Up" Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance Won
Best Gospel Song Nominated
2010 "God In Me" Won
2013 "Go Get It" Won
Write Me Back (R. Kelly's album) (as producer) Best R&B Album Nominated
2018 Too Hard Not To (Tina Campbell song) (as writer) Best Gospel Performance/Song Pending
My Life (Walls Group Song) (as writer) Best Gospel Performance/Song Pending


  1. ^ Staff (June 18, 2001). "Mr. and Mrs". Jet. p. 27. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Warryn S. Campbell (b. 1975)". mooseroots.com. Moose Roots. 
  3. ^ Clark, Melanie. "Interview With Warryn Campbell". article. gospelflava.com. Retrieved 4/2/2014.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ http://www.discogs.com/DJ-Quik-Safe-Sound/release/750883
  5. ^ "Articles - Erica Atkins (Mary Mary) and Warryn Campbell Wedding". GospelFlava.com. 2001-05-26. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  6. ^ "Twitter / therealmarymary: ITS GOING DOWN YALL TINA'S". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  7. ^ "Twitter / therealmarymary: Hey Tina had a healthy baby". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  8. ^ "Twitter / therealmarymary: Tj was 7 lbs 18 1/2 inches!!!!!!". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  9. ^ Murray, Jawn (2009-10-20). "Mary Mary: One Gives Birth, Other One Pregnant". BV Buzz. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  10. ^ "Twitter / therealmarymary: @gospelpundit guess my secret". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  11. ^ "He Lives: Warryn Campbell undergoes operation; Mary Mary pull out of UK concert". Crossrhythms.co.uk. 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2013-03-31.