R&B/soul artist Jesse Campbell recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Fresh from participating as a contestant on the reality TV series "The Voice," Campbell discussed his song "We Are One," his future career goals and advice for aspiring artists, among other topics.
"It's just a song of unity. If ever there was a time that I believed that we are coming to the knowledge that we are one, I think that time is now," said Campbell.
Born in Chicago, Campbell discovered his voice at age 16 when he began performing with the church choir led by his pastor father, W.J. Campbell. He was subsequently featured on gospel recordings by artists such as the Winans and Timothy Wright, and in 1994 inked a deal with the Capitol Records imprint Underworld Records. In 1995 he released his debut album, Never Let You Go, which peaked at No. 53 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. That same year his performance of "Where Is The Love" was featured on the soundtrack to Dead Presidents, which peaked in the Top 20 on the Billboard 200.
Following a brief hiatus, Campbell returned in 2006 with Hyms From The Heart, Vol. 1 featuring gospel staples such as "Amazing Grace" and "Great Is Thy Faithfulness." His most recent release is 2009's Sessions: A Musical Compilation Of Songs. Following his stint earlier this year on "The Voice," Campbell is currently working on his forthcoming album, Heart Centered, Universal Music — With Soul and has launched a campaign on Kickstarter to fund the project.