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Tevin Campbell

Tevin Campbell in 2009.
Background information
Birth name Tevin Jermod Campbell
Also known as T.C., Tevvy Tev
Born November 12, 1976 (1976-11-12) (age 33)
Waxahachie, Texas, U.S.A.
Genres R&B
New Jack Swing
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Years active 1988–present
Labels Qwest/Warner Bros.

Tevin Jermod Campbell (born November 12, 1976) is an American R&B singer-songwriter. Campbell scored a string of R&B chart hits as a teenager in the early to mid-1990s. Like Usher and Bobby Brown, Campbell transitioned from child singer to adult R&B crooner, and he is a recognizable figure in the R&B genre of music.


Music career

Born in Waxahachie, Texas, 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.[1] It was the lead single from Quincy Jones' critically acclaimed ensemble LP Back on the Block which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1991.[2] After working with Jones and writers and producers including Siedah Garrett,[3] Campbell worked with producers Narada Michael Walden, Al B. Sure, Babyface, and others to record additional music.[4]

Campbell's first solo hit was "Round and Round", which charted at #3 on R&B charts in November 1991[5] and #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1991 was produced by Prince and was featured in Prince's film Graffiti Bridge.[6] 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 only #1 Adult Contemporary hit: "Tell Me What You Want Me To Do" followed by:, "Alone With You", and "Goodbye". His second album, I'm Ready released October 1993, yielded the #1 R&B hit and #9 pop single "Can We Talk" in December 1993, "I'm Ready"[7], "Always in My Heart" which charted at #3 on the R&B chart.[8] He also scored a Top 30 hit with "Don't Say Goodbye Girl" on the R&B charts.[7] 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.[9]

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 was 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 one single charting, a Top 30 song called "Another Way".[7]

In 2009, Campbell made an appearance at the 2009 BET Awards as his pays a tribute to The O'Jays with Trey Songz, Tyrese, and Johnny Gill.

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 first season in the episode "Just Infatuation". In a later series, he was referenced when Will threatened to destroy Ashley's Tevin Campbell posters after she plays with Will's signature baseball. In 1995, Campbell voiced the character Powerline in Disney's A Goofy Movie, singing the songs "Stand Out" and "I 2 I".

In 1999, Campbell made another guest appearance on the hit show Moesha alongside Brandy Norwood. In the episode, "Rite Stuff."

Campbell played the role of Seaweed J. Stubbs in the Broadway musical Hairspray. He joined the cast in December 2005.[10]


In 1999, Campbell was arrested after soliciting oral sex from an undercover male police officer posing as a prostitute during a sting operation in Van Nuys, California. According to police reports, marijuana residue was also found in Campbell's car during the arrest. The sting operation was reportedly conducted in an area where there had been numerous complaints from the public about cruising and solicitation.[11]

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.[12]


Studio Albums

Year Album Billboard Certifications
(sales threshold)
1991 T.E.V.I.N. 38 5 Platinum
1993 I'm Ready 18 3 2x Platinum
1996 Back to the World 46 11
1999 Tevin Campbell 88 31


Year Album Billboard Certifications
(sales threshold)
2001 The Best of Tevin Campbell - -


Year Title Chart Positions Album
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
1992 "Goodbye" 85 2 -
1992 "Strawberry Letter 23" 53 40 -
"Alone With You" 72 1 -
1993 "Confused" - 33 -
"One Song" - - -
"Can We Talk" 9 1 12 I'm Ready
1994 "I'm Ready" 9 2 21
"Always In My Heart" 20 6 1
1995 "Don't Say Goodbye Girl" 71 28 -
"Eye to Eye" - - - A Goofy Movie
"Stand Out" - - -
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

Year Title Chart Positions Album
1992 "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth" - - - Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration
(various artists)

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"
1992 Nominated Grammy Award Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Male "Round and Round"
Nominated Grammy Award Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Male "Tell Me What You Want Me To Do"
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
1997 Nominated Grammy Award Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Male "Back to the World"
1998 Nominated Grammy Award Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Male "Could You Learn to Love"
Nominated Grammy Award Best Rhythm & Blues Album Back to the World
1992 Nominated American Music Award Favorite Male Artist - Soul/Rhythm & Blues
1994 Nominated American Music Award Favorite Male Artist - Soul/Rhythm & Blues


  1. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)". Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  2. ^ "This Year's Grammys". New York Times. 1991-02-22. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  3. ^ "Back on the Block credits". Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  4. ^ "T.E.V.I.N. credits". Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  5. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: "Round and Round"". Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  6. ^ "Hot 100 Airplay: "Round and Round"". Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  7. ^ a b c "Tevin Campbell: Billboard Chart History".!1143420706. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  8. ^ "Rhythmic Top 40: "Always in My Heart"". Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  9. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrents: "U Will Know"". Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  10. ^ David, Cara Joy (2005-12-06). "R&B Singer Tevin Campbell Joins the Cast of B'way's Hairspray". Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  11. ^ "Singer Tevin Campbell Arrested On Solicitation, Marijuana Charges In Los Angeles". Jet. 1999-09-13. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  12. ^ "Tevin Campbell Sentenced To Classes On AIDS And Narcotics For Sex Solicitation Charge". Jet. 1999-11-29. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 

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