At age 12, Tevin Campbell — freshly signed to Warner on the strength of a voice that was already drawing comparisons to Michael Jackson — hopped on a call with Prince . "I remember riding in the limo and talking to him over the phone," Campbell says. "I knew who Prince was, of course, but at the time, I had a really, really, really high voice, so I didn't pay attention to a lot of male artists — I couldn't sing male artists' songs. To me, meeting Whitney would've been, 'Aaaah!’" But Campbell's inability to to scrape the lower register didn't stop him from working with Prince. It was a brief but successful partnership: Campbell appeared in the Graffiti Bridge film, a sequel to Purple Rain , and sang the Top 15 single "Round and Round," a brittle track penned by Prince that split the difference between "Sign o' the Times" and the New Jack Swing that was ascendant in 1990. The two reconvened to work on four more songs that would end up on Campbell's double-platinum second album, I'm Ready , including another hit, "Shhh." But for years, several of those songs have been impossible to find through official… Read full this story
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