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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - R&B singer Tevin Campbell, who thrilled fans as a teenager when he asked "Can We Talk," is performing for the first time at the Essence Festival as he seeks to re-ignite his career.

Campbell says he's 37 now, but the voice that started him on his journey at age 11 is still with him. Fans can expect to hear all his classics during his Saturday night set inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where the festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Campbell says he hopes to excite old fans and cultivate new ones who may not be familiar with hits that include "Tell Me What You Want Me To Do" and "I'm Ready."

He says he's not taking his Essence debut for granted.

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