Photo credits: Qwest Records
The LP titled Back to the World is the third studio album by R&B singer Tevin Campbell. Qwest Records released it on June 18, 1996.
Campbell’s first two albums (T.E.V.I.N. and I’m Ready) were released during the years he was still considered a teenage phenom. However, by the time Campbell’s lead single for his third album was released (June 4, 1996), it was evident that the then 19-year-old R&B star’s sound had matured.
Executives at Qwest enlisted the services of some big-ticket hitmakers for Campbell’s third full-length project.
Hip-hop and R&B impresario Sean “Puffy” Combs (known today as Diddy) brought along a few of his cohorts from “The Hitmen,” Puffy’s in-house production team at the Harlem-bred executive’s Bad Boy record label. Creatively, Campbell’s third album came together well. It had the sound of a classic R&B album of its time.
Though it did not debut as high on the music charts or make an initial impact sales-wise, in comparison to his first and second projects, Back to the World did help Campbell’s overall records sales count reach five million.
In all, he debut four full studio albums in his career and was nominated for a Grammy Award five times.