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Erica Campbell goes solo

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Erica Campbell's Help album

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If you Google the name Erica Campbell, you’ll scroll through a listing of various stories, including pieces about the Mary Mary reality show on WE tv, the gospel singer’s skintight dress worn in a recent promotional photo and her Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Song. What you may not read -- but really need to know about -- is Campbell’s new solo album Help.

Sure, she gets a little all-star help – no pun intended – from rapper Lecrae on this album’s title track. But that’s not even the best thing about this enjoyable CD; its many musical highlights prove that Campbell is doing just fine without her sister and partner in Mary Mary, Tina Atkins-Campbell.

The album opens with the gripping ballad, “The Question,” which pulls no punches in its presentation of the gospel. That pointed question, by the way, is ‘Who killed Jesus?’ Obviously, if anybody is afraid Campbell might be aiming for the greener pastures of secular solo R&B success, this song alone definitively puts the brakes to that line of questioning. Campbell gets her old-time gospel on with “A Little More Jesus,” which is a hand-clapping, foot-stopping good time. And with the ballad “I’m A Fan,” Campbell praises God’s creativity by stating, “You make creation look like heaven’s coloring book.” She later adds, “You amaze me daily.”

Our social media crazy culture is constantly trying to dig up the dirt on celebrities, not excluding talented gospel singers like Erica Campbell. And what's my remedy? Click out of Twitter and download Campbell’s Help album. It has the message you need to hear right now.