Tisha Campbell-Martin

Not to be confused with Tisha Martin.
Tisha Campbell-Martin
Born Tisha Michelle Campbell
(1968-10-13) October 13, 1968
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Education Newark Arts High School
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Duane Martin (m. 1996)
Children 2

Musical career

Genres R&B, hip hop
Labels Capitol, EMI
Associated acts Tichina Arnold

Tisha Michelle Campbell-Martin (born October 13, 1968) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her starring roles in the FOX television series, Martin, as Regina "Gina" Waters-Payne from 1992–97; and as Janet "Jay" Marie Johnson-Kyle on the ABC television sitcom, My Wife and Kids, from 2001–05. [1]

Early life

Campbell was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and raised in Newark, New Jersey, where she attended Newark Arts High School.[2] Her mother, Mona (née Raye) Shockley (now known as Mona Washington), was a White-American nurse, talent manager, gospel singer, and vocal coach. Her father, Michael, was an African-American factory worker and singer, and as a chess master, works with underprivileged children on both the east and west coast.[3] Her parents encouraged her love for music. Tisha has an older brother, three younger brothers,[3] and a younger sister.


Campbell’s first TV appearance was at the age of 6, in a 1974 episode of the PBS show, The Big Blue Marble.[3] As a child, she won many talent shows, going on to appear in such children’s programs as Kids Are People Too, Unicorn Tales, and Captain Kangaroo. At age 18, she performed in the musical feature film, Little Shop of Horrors as Chiffon, one of The Supremes-like girl-group Greek Chorus, along with future Martin co-star, Tichina Arnold.[4]

After graduating from the Arts High School in Newark, she moved to Hollywood, where she became a star on the short-lived series, Rags to Riches. She also starred in School Daze as Jane Toussaint.[4] In 1992, Campbell released her debut album, Tisha, which was a moderate success, selling 40,000 copies. Two singles received minor airplay on the R&B stations: "Push" and "Love Me Down".[5]

From 1992–1997, she starred alongside Martin Lawrence in the FOX series, Martin. However, in the final season, she filed a lawsuit against Lawrence on the counts of sexual harassment both on and off set. She won the lawsuit and as a result would never again be on the same set with Lawrence. This eventually led to low ratings of the show and hence its demise after an entertaining 5th season.

She contributed vocals for the soundtrack of her 1997 film, Sprung, singing on the remake of "Don’t Ask My Neighbor" with Tichina Arnold.[4] She appeared in several music videos in the 1990s and 2000s, including two for Will Smith ("Will 2K" and "Wild Wild West") and Toni Braxton ("You’re Makin' Me High"). She is a member of the American Film Institute and the Writer’s Boot Camp. She then produced the film short A Luv Tale about two women who fall in love with each other. The film won many awards, including the Audience Choice Award at the Black Hollywood Film Festival.

Campbell made guest appearances on Everybody Hates Chris. She later played Janet "Jay" Kyle on My Wife and Kids.[6] After My Wife and Kids, Campbell became a part of the sitcoms, Rita Rocks and The Protector. In 2012, Campbell starred in Mindless Behavior's music video, "Hello", starring as Prodigy's mom. In 2015, she began playing Damona on Dr. Ken, starring Ken Jeong.[7]

On September 21, 2015, she released the single, "Steel Here".[8] On February 24, 2016, Campbell released the single, "Lazy Bitch", as well as an accompanying video, where she featured her friend, Tasha Smith.[9]

Personal life

On August 17, 1996,[10] she married actor-now-real estate developer Duane Martin. The couple have two sons.


Films and television films
Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Magnificent Major Daisy Bunsen Short film
1980 The Me Nobody Knows Lillie-Mae Television film
1986 Little Shop of Horrors Chiffon
1988 School Daze Jane Toussaint
1988 Heart and Soul Jamie Sinclair Television film
1989 Rooftops Amber
1990 House Party Sidney
1990 Moe's World Jiwanda Television film
1990 Another 48 Hrs. Amy Smith
1991 House Party 2 Sidney
1992 Boomerang Yvonne
1994 House Party 3 Sidney
1996 Snitch Steimer
1996 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Sledge Voice
1997 Sprung Brandy
1998 The Sweetest Gift Ruby Wilson Television film
2001 Down to Earth Woman in audience
2002 The Last Place on Earth Ann Field
2008 Zack and Miri Make a Porno Delaney's Wife
2009 Pastor Brown Amanda Carlton
2010 Wright vs. Wrong Sasha
2011 Lemonade Mouth Jenny Reznick Television film
2016 Rush Hour 4 Sofia May Pre-producing
Television shows and appearances
Year Title Role Notes
1987–88 Rags to Riches Marva Foley Main role
1990 Shannon's Deal Annette "Inside Straight" (Season 1, Episode 2)
1991 A Different World Josie Webb "How Great Thou Art" (Season 4, Episode 19)
"If I Should Die Before I Wake" (Season 4, Episode 23)
1991 The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Kathleen "Did the Earth Move for You?" (Season 2, Episode 1)
1991 Blossom Toni "Here Comes the Buzz!" (Season 2, Episode 2)
"To Tell the Truth" (Season 2, Episode 6)
1992 Roc Angela Kimbro "A Piece of the Roc" (Season 1, Episode 20)
1992–97 Martin Gina Waters-Payne / Gina Waters Main role
1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Rapunzel Rapunzel (Season 1, Episode 8)
1997 Duckman Ebony Sable "Ebony, Baby" (Season 4, Episode 15)
1997 Between Brothers Daisy "Dusty's in Love" (Season 1, Episode 7)
1998 Getting Personal Michelle / Sandy "Milo Does the Darndest Things" (Season 1, Episode 2)
1999 Wasteland Olivia "The Object of My Affection" (Season 1, Episode 9)
2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Joyce "The Halloween Scene" (Season 5, Episode 6)
2001–05 My Wife and Kids Jay Kyle Main role
2004–06 All of Us Carmen James Recurring role (Season 34)
2008–09 Everybody Hates Chris Peaches Clarkson Recurring role (Season 4)
2008–09 Rita Rocks Patty Mannix Main role
2011 The Paul Reiser Show Maggie "The Old Guy" (Season 1, Episode 5)
2011 The Protector Michelle Dulcett Main role
2011 Robot Chicken Beyoncé Knowles "Casablankman 2" (Season 5, Episode 16)
2012 Private Practice Pam Reiter "You Don't Know What You've Got Til It's Gone"(Season 6, Episode 4)
2013 Malibu Country Rikki "Bowling for Mama" (Season 1, Episode 14)
2013–present Real Husbands of Hollywood Herself Reality television
2015–present Dr. Ken Damona Watkins Main role
2016 The $100,000 Pyramid Herself (celebrity guest) Episode: Tisha Campbell-Martin vs. Ken Jeong. She was the first celebrity player to help her civilian partner win $100,000 on the show.



List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak

Tisha 37
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


Year Song Album
1988 "Be Alone Tonight"[12] School Daze
1992 "Push"[13] Tisha
"Love Me Down"[14]
1997 "Don't Ask My Neighbor"[15]
(with Tichina Arnold)
2015 "Steel Here"[1]
2016 "Lazy Bitch (This Ain't Gina)"[1]

Featured singles

Year Song Album
2014 "All Cried Out"[16]
(Full Force featuring Tisha Campbell-Martin)
Full Force: With Love From Our Friends

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1991 Independent Spirit Award "Best Supporting Female" House Party Nominated
1996 Image Award "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" Martin Nominated
1997 Image Award "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" Martin Nominated
2002 Image Award "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Nominated
2003 Image Award "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Won
2004 Image Award "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Nominated
2004 BET Comedy Award "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Won
2005 Image Award "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" My Wife and Kids Nominated
2005 BET Comedy Award "Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series" Shared with: Various My Wife and Kids Nominated
2009 Image Award "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" Rita Rocks Nominated
2010 Image Award "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" Rita Rocks Nominated


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  2. "A Brief History, Newark Arts High School". Retrieved August 10, 2008.
  3. 1 2 3 "Tisha Campbell-Martin profile". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  4. 1 2 3 Tisha Campbell-Martin at the Internet Movie Database
  5. "People are Talking About". Jet. 83 (6): 61. November 30, 1992. ISSN 0021-5996. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  6. "Listings, Everybody Hates Chris". thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  7. "Dr. Ken Series Premiere Date Announced". ABC Go. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  8. Tisha Campbell Martin released the song "Steel Here", billboard.com; accessed January 1, 2016.
  9. "Tisha Campbell Martin Drops Her New Song "Lazy B*tch"". In Flex We Trust. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  10. Happy 15th Anniversary To The Martins, simplytisha.com; accessed February 2, 2016.
  11. "Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums History". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  12. "Various – School Daze - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  13. "Tisha – Push". Discogs. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  14. "Love Me Down - Tisha". Discogs. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  15. "Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold – Don't Ask My Neighbor". Discogs. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  16. "All Cried Out (feat. Tisha Campbell Martin) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 2010-05-13.

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