Tina, Erica Campbell Go Full Steam Ahead With Solo Projects

Tina and Erica Campbell in a promotional shot for the WE tv show "Mary Mary." Courtesy Photo
Tina and Erica Campbell in a promotional shot for the WE tv show “Mary Mary.”
Courtesy Photo

Tina Campbell releases first album & new book as Erica Campbell launches a national tour & female empowerment movement.

The fourth season finale of WE tv’s popular Mary Mary reality series airs Thursday night (May 7). But that doesn’t mean the duo’s Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell will be shifting into relax mode.

In fact, Tina officially took the solo plunge Thursday with the release of her debut album, It’s Personal. Featuring the single “Destiny” as well as special guest Stevie Wonder on the duet, “Love Love Love,” It’s Personal is the first project released through Tina and husband Teddy’s GeeTree Creative.

Prefacing the album’s release: Tina’s debut as an author with the book “I Need a Day to Pray.” Starting out as a journal the singer began keeping in the midst of personal trials, including her husband’s infidelity, the book is currently available at such retailers as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Come May 30, Tina will pull both projects together into a one-woman stage presentation, “An Evening With Tina Campbell,” at In His Presence Church in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Erica, meanwhile, just launched a 20-city national tour named after her latest album, Help 2.0 (My Block/eOne). It’s the deluxe edition of her 2014 No. 1-charting solo debut, which won the Grammy for best gospel album in February. Featuring eight new and unreleased remixes plus two new songs, “More Love” and “I Luh God,” Help 2.0 bowed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums.

Upcoming stops on the singer’s tour, which kicked off May 2 in New York, include Los Angeles (June 5), Philadelphia (June 26) and Houston (July 17). Erica is also preparing to launch her female empowerment movement, “More Than Pretty” (MTP). Targeting ladies aged 16-30, the premiere event will be held at Los Angeles’ Faithful Central Bible Church on May 23.

There’s no formal word yet as to whether there will be a fifth season of Mary Mary. However, the series continues to attract strong viewership. The fourth season’s March 5 premiere garnered 1.3 million total viewers, per Nielsen, which also ranks the show’s current season-to-date average at 1.1 million total viewers.

During a phone interview earlier this week, Erica and Tina talked about lessons learned individually–and about each other–over the last four years.

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SOURCE: Billboard
Gail Mitchell

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