For nearly 15 years, Erica Campbell was known as one half of the recording group, Mary Mary. That’s an incredible achievement to have on your resume, considering that the duo won multiple Grammy, Stellar and Dove Awards, sold millions of albums and are among the best known recording sisters in modern American music. Still, the success and popularity of being a recording artist brings with it a whole new set of problems.
These very complicated issues relate to balancing fame, prioritizing family and managing your image. This was the vortex Erica and Tina Campbell was hurled into as a couple of aspiring singers from Los Angeles in the 90’s. Perhaps it is for these reasons and others, Tina Campbell, her sister and artistic partner, pulled out of the musical partnership in 2013.
That seems to be fine with her older sister, Erica. In fact, she’s embraced the challenge of creating her own image and has gone to work in 2014 like a hungry new artist seeking a break in the business.
Erica Campbell hasn’t shrunk into the shadows. Instead, she’s looked to shine her light at every opportunity, whether it’s singing on the Arsenio Hall Show, doing interviews with Billboard and Essence or working her social media circle into a frenzy.
This is an impressive display of dedication to ministry, considering she’s a veteran in the business, a busy mother and a faithful wife. In this exclusive interview with BlackGospel.com, Erica Campbell talks openly about going solo, her conversation with Tina about going different directions and all that controversy surrounding her clingy white dress.
Christopher Heron: Let’s talk about the album. I loved it. It stays true to who you are, Erica. There are so many titles you could have called the album. Why did you select – Help?
Erica Campbell: Help was just where I was. I am a very passionate person and when I create music, it’s always a reflection of where my heart is. So, that’s what I was feeling. My year was crazy. I knew that I needed help, but I knew that I had help. I knew that I wasn’t alone. So, once we finished the song, I knew that that was the one title that would really best describe where I was with this album.