SONG OF THE DAY: Tevin Campbell – Can We Talk?

SONG OF THE DAY

Tevin Campbell, Can We Talk?

An 11-year-old Tevin Campbell auditioned for a famous jazz musician in 1988 that eventually lead to a record deal with Warner Brother Records. After collaborating with the likes of Prince, Quincy Jones and Boys II Men, Campbell was finally set to release his debut album T.E.V.I.N in 1991. The album went platinum and featured hit songs “Tell Me What You Want Me to Do” and “Alone With You”.

 SONG OF THE DAY  Tevin Campbell, Can We Talk

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(Photo Credit: Scott Schafer)

I’m Ready released October 1993 and yielded the US top ten pop and #1 R&B hit “Can We Talk.” Quincy Jones again executive produced Campbell’s project. Other producers included Babyface and Prince. The album spawned three more charting singles with “I’m Ready”, “Always in My Heart”, and “Don’t Say Goodbye Girl”.

Apart from music, Campbell went on to pursue an acting career. He made guest appearances on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Moesha. From 2005-2011 he was on the road with the Broadway musical Hairspray. Since then, Campbell has made sporadic appearances at a few events (BET Awards, Essence Music Festival) and on a few music projects. Right now the singer/songwriter is signed with Spectra Music Group but has not announced any upcoming projects.

 SONG OF THE DAY  Tevin Campbell, Can We Talk 2

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Nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B song, “Can We Talk,” produced and written by Babyface, is Campbell’s most popular song to date. Check out the 1993 love ballad below:

Lyrics:

[Verse 1:]
Last night I, I saw you standing, and I started, started pretending
That I knew you and you knew me too. And just like a woman you were
Too shy, but you weren’t the only cause so was I.
And I dreamed of you ever since. Now I built up my confidence
Girl next next time you come my way I’ll know just what to say

[Hook:]
Can we talk for a minute Girl I want to know your name
Can we talk for a minute Girl I want to know your name

[Verse 2:]
I started to write you letters, but I wanted to be more clever
I wanted to get down and sweet talk you. But just like a baby I could not talk
And I tried to come closer but could not walk. And I think of it every night
How I just could not get it right oh if we ever come close again,
I know what I’ll say then

[Hook:]
Can we talk for a minute Girl I want to know your name
Can we talk for a minute Girl I want to know your name

[Break:]
Oh girl. One more chance with you again I will not let it go oh oh please
Give me just one more chance for love.

[Hook:]
Can we talk for a minute Girl I want to know your name
Can we talk for a minute Girl I want to know your name

Oh baby baby baby, come on talk to me baby come on and talk to me baby
[In background:] (Girl I want to know your name Can we talk for a minute)
See I wanna know I wanna know I wanna know your name. Now can we talk for a minute
Come on and talk to me baby come on baby come on baby, I said can we talk for a minute
Come on and talk to me baby. See I wanna know you better tell me your name baby.
I said talk to me for a minute come on and talk to me baby.

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