Throwback: Tevin Campbell-Shhh

Tevin Campbell’s second album I’m Ready reconfirmed his presence as one of the best R&B singers of the ’90s. He was only 13-years old when Quincy Jones introduced him to the world on his 1989 Back On The Block album where Campbell recorded a cover of The Brothers Johnson’s “Tomorrow (A Better You, A Better Me).” The following year Campbell would have a solo hit with the Prince-penned “Round and Round” and appear in his Graffiti Bridge film. This working relationship with Prince continued with the success of Campbell’s debut album T.E.V.I.N. and his sophomore project. Babyface wrote the young singer’s signature hit “Can We Talk” but I’m Ready had more to offer. Prince was among the songwriters and producers to work on this album and “Shhh” is one of four songs he wrote for the album. Campbell’s big-voiced delivery was years beyond his age but sounded grown enough to match the mature lyrics. There were four singles from the album but “Shhh” was not one of them. The song was an album cut that would be heavily rotated on Quiet Storm radio. Prince was credited as Paisley Park on I’m Ready which went double platinum and earned Campbell three Grammy nominations. Prince would record the song two years later for his Gold Experience album. In 2016, Campbell returned to music with the single “Safer To The Ground” from a planned upcoming fifth album. Last year he made an appearance on the fourth season of the TV show Queen Sugar

 

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