Erica Campbell Says “Uncensored” She Didn’t Always Want to Be a Singer

Erica Campbell topped the music charts and won multiple Grammy Awards, but the gospel music legend said earlier in life she had little interest in singing.

Campbell sits down for a career preview on this weekend’s episode of TV One’s documentary series Uncensored. The Inglewood, Calif. native is best known as one half of the gospel duo Mary Mary with her sister Trecina Atkins-Campbell.

Erica says she grew up in a faith-filled family and was introduced to music at a young age. But very early on she did not want to sing in the church choir.

“While I loved singing growing up, I was forced into the choir around the age of 11. We lived next to the church – a group of my friends lived next to the church Saturday was choir rehearsal and we were all playing outside, while our mums and dads were in choir rehearsal. One Saturday my mum said to me, ‘You’re going to be in the choir’.

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Erica says she wanted to hang out with her friends. But after going inside for choir practice, a woman told him that it would pay off one day.

“You have something special. Just keep singing, listen to your mother, you’ll be fine,” she recalled, telling the woman. In the episode, Campbell also highlights the highs and lows of her own career as a solo artist.

Uncensored: Erica Campbell airs Easter Sunday, April 17 at 10 p.m. ET/9C.

Just before UncensoredTV One will broadcast Unsung Gifts: The Decades – The 90s. The episode reflects on a decade of triumph and turbulence, as R&B and hip hop went far beyond crossover to dominate the charts and define mainstream American music. This episode features Digital Underground, R&B quartet All 4 One, Philadelphia-based R&B group Az Yet, Grammy Award winner Lisa Fischer, and “Don’t Walk Away” singer Jade.

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The decades is a four-part special that tells the full story of the evolution of music, featuring the music and artists who provided Black America’s soundtrack from Motown and disco in the 70s, to the sound and to the revolutionary styles of hip hop throughout the 2000s. The special also provides social commentary on major cultures.

Unrecognized is narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams and is produced by Frank Sinton and Arthur Smith of A. Smith & Co. Productions. Mark Rowland, Kysha Mounia and Jamecia Blount are also executive producers.

Unsung Gifts: The Decades – The 90s airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/8C on TV One.

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