|I’m Ready is the second studio album by Tevin Campbell.
The album contained four songs written and produced by Prince under the pseudonym Paisley Park: The Halls Of Desire, Uncle Sam, Paris 1798430 and Shhh.
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It was suggested at one point that Prince would produce the entire album, but Campbell and his executive producer Quincy Jones decided to also work with Babyface and Narada Michael Walden. Prince recorded seven songs for for potential inclusion on the album in September 1992: The Halls Of Desire, Uncle Sam (with a rap written by Paula Sherield), Paris 1798430, Shhh, Down, The P and Holly Don’t Care.
Only The Halls Of Desire, Uncle Sam, Paris 1798430 and Shhh were kept for I’m Ready. Three of the four tracks (but none of the other tracks on the album) are preceded by Interludes which introduce the songs - given Prince’s heavy use of segues and interludes during this time, it would be logical to assume that he was involved, but a Paisley Park Studios in-house cassette of the tracks suggests that this was not the case.
Holly Don’t Care was reworked by Mayte for her Child Of The Sun album. Down and The P remain unreleased.
Shhh was later re-claimed by Prince and released on The Gold Experience (credited to ).
The album produced six singles: Can We Talk, Shhh (promo only), I’m Ready, Always In My Heart, The Halls Of Desire EP and Don’t Say Goodbye Girl (containing several remixes of The Halls Of Desire).
The album reached number 18 on the US Billboard Pop Chart, and number 3 on the Billboard R&B Chart.