Tevin Jermod Campbell (born November 12, 1976) is a singer, songwriter, and actor from the United States. From a young age, he sang gospel in his local church.
Campbell was signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988 after auditioning for jazz musician Bobbi Humphrey. Campbell teamed with Quincy Jones on “Tomorrow” from Jones' album Back on the Block in 1989, and launched his Platinum-selling debut album, T.E.V.I.N., in 1990.
“Tell Me What You Want Me To Do,” from the album, was his highest-charting single to date, landing at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The singles “Alone With You” (produced by Al B. Sure and Kyle West, with background vocals by K-Ci and JoJo from Jodeci) and “Goodbye” were also included on the debut album.
I'm Ready, his second double-Platinum-selling album, was released in 1993 and featured two high-charting songs written by Babyface: “Can We Talk,” which reached number 9 on the Hot 100 and number 1 on the Billboard R&B charts, and the album's title track, “I'm Ready,” which reached number 9 on the Hot 100.
Campbell's third album, Back to the World, was released in 1996 and was not as commercially or critically successful as his previous two. Tevin Campbell, his fourth and most recent album, was released in 1999 but failed to appear on Billboard's album charts.
Campbell was born in Waxahachie, Texas, to Rhonda Byrd, a former postal worker who would later become his manager. Marche, his older sister, and Damario, his younger brother, are his siblings. His father abandoned the family soon after his brother was born.
Campbell did not see his father again until he was 15 years old. Campbell began singing gospel music at a young age, first in the chorus and subsequently as a soloist, because his mother was a part of the choir at Jacob's Chapel, a Baptist church in Waxahachie.
A family member introduced him to jazz vocalist Bobbi Humphrey when he was 12 years old, and she arranged for him to appear at a televised showcase in Manhattan.
When the tape arrived in the hands of manager Benny Medina, he traveled to Texas and quickly signed Campbell. Campbell attended a private school in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood after the family moved to Encino, Los Angeles.
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Is Tevin Campbell Gay?
Campbell has faced with sexuality speculation for years, particularly from his childhood through his adolescence and young adult years, without directly addressing anything. He remarked in 2018 that he doesn't understand why people are still so interested in whether or not he is gay.
Campbell has rejected accusations that Quincy Jones sexually molested him while he was a youngster. In 2020, he threatened to sue Jaguar Wright over reports that he had turned into a sex worker.
On March 8, 2022, Campbell sparked sexuality rumors by responding to a Twitter user who was discussing the sexuality of various well-known singers.
The musician has subsequently deleted the tweet and added the rainbow flag emoji, as well as a Scorpio sign and a bald eagle emoji, to his Twitter profile in 2019, implying that he is a member of the LGBTQ community.
Tevin Campbell's Professional Life
Tevin Campbell's success can be traced back to a number of factors.
Tevin Campbell began his career as a member of a church choir. Tevin sang lead vocals on Quincy Jones' album ‘Back on the Block' in 1989, on the song ‘Tomorrow.' His first single was released in 1990. Tomorrow – “A Better You, A Better Me.” The song was a huge hit, reaching #1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles list.
He appeared on the soundtrack for Boyz in the Hood's ‘Just Ask Me Too' in 1991. ‘T.EV.I.N.,' his debut album, was released the same year. Quincey Jones produced it, and it was certified platinum in 1994. ‘Alone With You' and ‘Tell Me What You Want Me To Do' were two of the album's biggest hits.
Tevin released his second studio album, ‘I'm Ready,' in 1993. He got the ‘Soul Train Music Award' in 1994 for Best R&B/Soul Single-Male. ‘Back to the World,' his second album, was published in 1996. He had a guest appearance in the sitcom ‘Moesha' in the same year.
Tevin released a self-titled album with Warner Bros. and Qwest Records in 1999. Many more songs were released in 2001 as part of ‘The Best of Tevin Campbell,' which was featured on a number of albums. He joined ‘The Spectra Music Group' in 2014.