R&B singer Tevin Campbell, who thrilled fans as a teenager when he asked “Can We Talk,” has performed for the first time at the Essence Festival as he seeks to re-ignite his career.

Campbell said he’s 37 now, but the voice that started him on his journey at age 11 is still with him. Fans heard some classics during his Saturday night set inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where the festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

“Everyone has that one song that’s ‘their’ song and they want to hear it, so we plan to accommodate them, but I might throw in some new stuff too,” he said.


It was standing-room only, with fans from the back of the room to the tip of the stage. Long lines of people waited to get for the show, but most were unable. After his set, Campbell said the experience was great.

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