The Pulse of Entertainment: TV One Gets
Real with The Campbells and Michael B. Sutton Inks Deal with Sony Music
I viewed the new TV One reality show "We're the Campbells" starring
Warryn and Erica Campbell that premieres June 19, 2018 in advance for
review and I laughed (out loud) the whole way through because I could relate to the "reality"
that love, especially black love, is real and full of dreams, hard work, laughs and good
times. That type love is rarely acknowledged in couples. I saw my own experiences and think
"We're the Campbells" is as close to reality as possible. I know people that are in "reality shows"
and I have interviewed those who launched and starred in them and they say there's nothing
real about them. "We're the Campbells" is as real as it can get.
The Campbells are co-executives on the project. TV
One Co-Executive Producer Tara Long said the network tried to make "We're The Campbells," "...as
real as we can."
Mark Herwick, TV
One co-executive producer, said the show is about, "Faith, family and music."
In the show, that airs on Tuesdays at 8pmET, you follow the day to day activities of the Campbell family - multi-Grammy winning
producer Warryn Campbell (Mary Mary, Alicia Keys, Brandy) while he runs his label My Block
and wife Grammy winning Erica Campbell (Mary Mary) while she performs and host her Radio
One show, and their three children Krista, Warryn, Jr. and Zaya. Aside from Warryn (Missy
Elliott, Jamie Foxx, Kanye West) being a masterful producer he is also Pastor at California Worship Center and
the very talented Erica is its First Lady.
all those roles and to still have a healthy relationship with spouse and children takes
not only God in the midst, a deep love for one another but actual confidence in what you're
doing. When you are sure about something its not hard, when you love to do something its
not work - makes it less stressful. The Campbells' love story started many years ago however.
"I had been seeing her around town," said Warryn,
who started producing music at the age of 13, when I asked how they met. "I didn't
know her name. I was on a date with a lady and she was on stage. I said I have to meet
"Once we started dating I saw videos,"
Erica added. "I was ...on one side of the room and him on the other side. He use to sing
in a group called New Vision, a Hispanic group. I said, ‘whose that dark skin guy?'
We literally been around each other ever since. We've never stop holding on to each other
since." www.TVOne.tv/show/were-the-campbells www.MyBlockRecords.com
Speaking of holding on, Motown veteran Michael B. Sutton is holding on to the music industry as he recreates
himself with the launch of a new company. Recently the two-time platinum songwriter/producer/singer,
who wrote/produced songs during his time at Motown for Michael and Jermaine Jackson and
The Supremes, launched his own company Sounds of L.A. His company recently inked a distribution
deal with Sony Music and he has a long roster of artists from a wide range of genres that will
be releasing projects in the future.
"The first release
is June 15th - Urban/Pop," Sutton said. When I asked about his staying power in the
music industry he said, "It's my love of music...Lots of aspiring people along the
way...and my spouse."
Michael B. Suttons' former wife Brenda
Sutton was his writing/production partner and singing partner. They had a duo act in the
early 1980s on SAM Records and Virgin Records releasing a total of two albums, "Don't Hold Back"
(1982/SAM Records) and "So Good" (1984/Virgin Records). They were both in a "disco group"
called Finished Touch in the late 1970s. It was in the early 70s that Michael wrote songs
for Motown artists Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Jermaine Jackson, Thelma Houston and
"In the early
days my grandparents just wanted to hear church music," he laughed slightly. "But when I got to Motown they were
ok with it."
The duo was
discovered by Stevie Wonder and they worked at Motown from 1974 - 1979 with the most notable
songs by Smokie Robinson ("There Will Come a Day"), Jermaine Jackson ("Stay
With Me") and songs for the group Switch. After Motown they worked with Cheryl Lynn on "Shake
It Up Tonight," Ray Parker and Ian Levine's "Motown Revival Project."
"I thought it was a need when I came to Los Angeles," Michael said about why he launched
Sounds of L.A. and even though he has artists outside of L.A. he said it was there that
he fell in love with the multi-cultures that L.A. offers. "I come from Oakland. Music
was different. We were playing Aretha Franklin and Temptations. They were playing early
Hip-Hop here, so it was the vibe here."
Sounds of L.A.
has a roster that is just as mixed as the many cultures found in Los Angeles, which include
Jazz (a sextet named Drive Time), Hip-Hop (a rapper Steady from Oakland), R&B (a bassist
Mitchell Coleman, Jr.), Gospel (singer R. J. Wilson), Club Music (singer Lady Aneessa),
Old School Soul (Michael B. Sutton) and of course the June 15th Urban Pop release by artist Dionyza.
Sutton's wife Anissa Boudjaoui has launched a new venture as well, an online magazine "Pump Up Magazine".
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership
of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public
Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is
Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: 19th annual "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference (Baltimore on Sat April
21st 1 - 4p, at Security Square Mall and Los Angeles on Sat October 20th 1 - 4pm at the
Celebrity Centre in Hollywood). Entertainment Business panel and national talent showcase
competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) with over $15,000 in prizes. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.