Who is Trey Songz?
Tremaine Aldon Neverson, better known as 'Trey Songz', is an American rapper, songwriter, record-producer and actor. He was raised as a military brat and since he had no positive male influence in his life, he cherishes his mother's influence a lot and brought her a house soon after achieving stardom. To negate the ill effects of fame and stardom, he constantly does a lot to give back to his community and to help the poor. Extremely shy and reserved in his childhood, his friends and family nudged him out of his cocoon and encouraged him to go ahead and work upon his singing ability. They suggested him to drop 'Rap' and 'Croon' instead, which suited his ‘tenor-voice'. Regular interventions and encouragement made him sign up for a talent show, where record-producer Troy Taylor heard him and recognised his potential. After completing his graduation, he moved to New Jersey to learn from the former. Before the launch of his first album, he got to collaborate and feature with some really big names of the industry like Lil' Kim, Trina, Snoop Dogg, Kevin Lyttle and Trick Daddy. From albums, he progressed onto mix-tapes, concerts and collaborations. Soon the biggest moment in his life arrived when he opened for Jay-Z on the latter's 'Fall-Tour' in 2009. Going by his career, he is recognised as one of the few artists who could maintain their mainstream status. In short, his story is one of faith, determination, struggle, hard work, humbleness and the power of dreaming
Childhood & Early Life
Trey Songz was born as Tremaine Aldon Neverson on November 28, 1984, in Petersburg, Virginia, to Claude Neverson Jr and April Tucker.
April Tucker re-married a U.S. Army-man and as per his jobs demand they kept shifting across various military bases for the next seven years, finally settling in Petersburg. Here, Trey began his freshman year at Petersburg High School.
In 1998, he signed up at the Appomattox Regional Governor's School Talent Show. He completely mesmerised the large crowd, a precursor to his future success.
After the success of his first talent show, Trey went onto participate in many other talent shows. On one such show, record producer Troy Taylor saw him. Impressed by Trey’s singing ability, Troy offered him a recording contract with Atlantic Records. Trey gladly accepted the contract, with the mutual understanding, that he would complete his high school first, as he was just 15..
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During high school, along with some friends Trey Songz formed 'All Night Productions' - a vocal group, to keep in touch with his musical interests. During the summers, he'd go to New Jersey to learn more about music from Taylor. After graduating in 2002, he moved in full time with him
In 2003, he received $100,000 advance for signing Taylor's contract and the recording began in 2004. He released several mixtapes under his alias 'Prince of Virginia' in the meanwhile.
In 2005, 'Gotta Make It' his debut single featuring Twista came out. The single ranked #87 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. His debut album, 'I Gotta Make It' came out in the same year and it reached #20 on the Billboard 200.
His album 'Trey Day' featuring R. Kelly, Danja, Stargate and Jimmy & Terry Lewis came out in 2007 after much delay in search for a hit single to precede it. It reached #11 on the Billboard 200. The single 'Can't Help But Wait' reached #14 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
He released a mixtape 'Anticipation' in 2009, as a preview to his third album. Another mixtape called 'Genesis' followed, it contained recordings from when he was 15.
In the 2009 album 'Ready', he transformed his look and attire from laidback to uber cool. Even the musical style was hyper-sexual and club-ready hip-hop tracks. The album went upto #3 on the Billboard albums chart and had 6 hit singles: "I Need a Girl," "Successful," "LOL Smiley Face," "I Invented Sex," "Say Aah" and "Neighbors Know My Name."
In 2010, he came out with his album 'Passion, Pain and Pleasure'. It had Sean Garrett, Troy Taylor and Stargate with him. The single 'Bottoms Up' featuring Nicki Minaj, ranked #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became his biggest hit.
In 2011, he released the album 'Inevitable'. It landed at #4 on the Billboards Top Hip-Hop R&B Albums chart. In the same year, he made his acting debut as the lead actor in the movie 'Texas Chainsaw 3D'.
His 2012 album 'Chapter V' debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and at #10 in UK.
His 2014 album 'Trigga' debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200. It was his second album to achieve this feat..
His albums 'Chapter V' and ‘Trigga’ were huge hits and peaked at #1 on the 'Billboards 200. The albums sold 135,000 copies and 105,000 copies respectively, in the first week.
Awards & Achievements
In 2010, he received the 'Much Vibe Hip-Hop Video of the Year' on the Much Music Video Awards show.
He received the 'Best R&B/Soul Artist Male' on the Soul Train Music Awards show in 2010 and 2014.
Personal Life & Legacy
Songz has had relationships and flings with many super-models and singers; Lauren London, Keri Hilson and Ciara to name a few.
He started the 'Songz For Peace Foundation' to help curb violence amongst youth.
He is presently one of the highest paid singers in the world and is estimated to have a net worth of $12 million