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Erica Campbell, one half of the the Grammy Award-winning gospel music duo Mary Mary, recently admitted that she had to overcome a failed engagement to find a lasting marriage.
Campbell, 41, appeared on Trinity Broadcasting Network's popular program, "Praise the Lord" where she revealed to fellow gospel singer CeCe Winans that her path to a happy marriage was not always easy. Campbell admitted that she was told not to rush into a relationship with her current husband and MyBlock Records CEO Warryn Campbell after just ending an engagement with another man.
"When I met him, I had just come out of being somebody's fiancé and it was the wrong thing," Campbell revealed on the television program. " And my pastor was asking me 'Why are you in such a rush? Trust God. Trust God. Wait on God.'"
The Grammy award winning gospel singer who is venturing out on her solo career admitted that she felt embarrassed by her situation at the time.
".. I was embarrassed from moving fast," Campbell said, admitting that she did not consult with God during her first engagement.
The singer detailed where her feelings of embarrassment came from.
"I had a dress. I had a church. My girlfriends had all given me money for their dresses," she revealed. "Photographer. Caterer. I had everything and said, 'Lord, um [Is this him?],' and the Lord was quiet."
While it was not easy, she spoke about having the guts to walk away from the wrong situation.
"It was beautiful people of God around me that talked to me, and so I had the guts to give him his ring back, call it off, and go back home," she said. "I was so embarrassed."
However, Campbell held on to the scripture Proverbs 18:22, which reads, "Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord."
"And so I promised myself that the next guy that I met, that if he wasn't my he that findeth, I was like Lord, don't let me fall in love, don't let me like him, don't let me take his number Jesus, nothing," she recalled.
The couple married in 2001 and have three children.