Tevin Jermod Campbell, a Rhythm and Blues singer, was born on November 12, 1976, in Waxahachie, Texas, to Rhonda Byrd, a former postal worker who later co-managed the young artist’s career. At a young age, he began singing gospel as a soloist and choir member at Jacob’s Chapel in Waxahachie. He auditioned over the phone for jazz flutist Bobbi Humphrey when he was 12 years old, and she connected him to the NBC-TV children’s television show “Wally and the Valentines.” When he was 15, he signed with Warner Bros. Records and met his father for the first time. Marche is his sister, and DeMario is his brother.
Campbell released the album T.E.V.I.N. in 1990, which featured a string of hits, including “Round and Round,” which peaked at no. 3 on the R&B chart and no. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Two more hits from the same album were released the following year, in 1991. “Tell Me What You Want Me to Do” peaked at number one R&B and number six on the Billboard Hot 100, while “Just Ask Me To” peaked at number nine R&B and number 88 on the Billboard Hot 100. Campbell’s song “Round and Round” was nominated for “Best Male R&B Vocal Performance” at the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards.
The hits continued in 1992, with “Alone with You” reaching No. 1 R&B, “Goodbye” reaching No. 2 R&B, and “Confused” reaching No. 33 R&B. “Strawberry Letter 23,” his fourth hit of the year, peaked at no. 40 R&B and no. 53 on the Billboard Hot 100. Campbell’s album I’m Ready, produced by Quincy Jones and Benny Medina, sold over a million copies in 1993. The album’s title track peaked at no. 2 R&B and no. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, while “Always in My Heart” peaked at no. 6 R&B. “Don’t Say Goodbye Girl” peaked at number 28 on the R&B chart and number 71 on the Billboard Hot 100. Campbell was a 1994 Soul Train Awards winner for the “Best R&B Single – Male” for the song: “Can We Talk.”
Campbell was nominated for “Best R&B Album” for I’m Ready as well as “Best Male R&B Vocal Performance” for the song track “I’m Ready” at the 37th Annual Grammy Awards in 1995. Campbell also voiced the character “Powerline” in the Disney animated film A Goofy Movie in 1995.
In 1996, Campbell’s “Knocks Me Off My Feet” from A Thin Line Between Love and Hate: Music from the Motion Picture peaked at no. 75 in R&B. In addition, several singles from the album Back to the World charted in 1996, including “Back to the World,” which peaked at no. 16 R&B, no. 33 on the Dance chart, and no. 47 on the Billboard Hot 100. “I Got It Bad” peaked at R&B number 41.
Campbell made appearances on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Moesha,” and was cast in the Broadway musical Hairspray in 2005.
Tevin Jermod Campbell is still in high demand as an artist. In 2021, he was one of the featured headliners at the Atlanta R&B Holiday Jam at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena.