Tina Campbell has always lived out loud and praised God and, to borrow the words of most Christians, “given God the glory” for her career, life and children. Then, everything came to an abrupt halt when the Grammy winner and mother of five discovered that her husband cheated on her with a family friend. The original interview was my cover story for the May 2013 issue of Ebony magazine and launched an exciting to some, yet bitter to many season of the “Mary Mary” reality show.
Since then, more infidelity secrets were exposed, Tina’s father passed away, vows were renewed and the Campbells have been working on their love, marriage and faith. The journey was recorded in Tina’s prayer journal, which was recently turned into the book “I Need A Day to Pray” and published by her new company GeeTee Creative.
Like her sister, Erica Campbell, Tina is now a solo artist with a new album, titled “It’s Personal”. Her latest offering features the hit song “Love, Love, Love,” where she is accompanied by Stevie Wonder. She’s currently on tour with her husband, Teddy, to promote the album and the book. Meanwhile, the reality show cameras are still rolling.
In this JET interview, Mrs. Tina gets candid about the past and the present.
JET: When we had our last sit down, we were in an L.A. breakfast spot, noshing on waffles and coffee when you suddenly said you found out that Teddy was cheating. Now you’re renewed in faith, marriage and career when many others would throw in the towel. How did you get here?
Tina Campbell: Girl, that was a mess I was in. But you can’t figure Jesus out. My life ain’t nothing but the orchestration of Jesus. I had no idea I was writing a prayer book when I was writing a prayer to God to be free. When all these songs were coming to me, I wasn’t going to be solo. I wasn’t trying to do an album, but I just kind of went with it and stopped resisting it. I’d wake up in the middle of the night and had a head full of songs. He’s given me a book, an album and a charge to do things creatively together with my husband.
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