Trey Songz, now a stunning, muscular 26 year-old singing artist, was born Tremaine Aldon Neverson on November 28, 1984, in Petersburg, Virginia. Raised a military brat, he loved hip-hop, but when his friends heard his perfect tenor voice, they pushed Trey Songz to drop rap and start crooning. He did, and after winning numerous talent shows in Petersburg, the 15-year-old singer met Troy Taylor, who had worked behind the scenes with legends Patti LaBelle, SWV, and B2K.
Trey got his diploma and immediately moved to New Jersey to work with Taylor. Soon the singer was appearing on Kevin Lyttle's debut album and Trick Daddy's Thug Matrimony as a sideman as well as breaking out on his own with his solo cut, "About the Game," for the Coach Carter movie soundtrack. While working on his debut album, and collaborations with Lil' Kim, Trina, and Snoop Dogg, he released a few street-level mix-tapes under his alias, the Prince of Virginia.
Shirtless photo of Trey Songz showcasing his new muscles, a result of intense and vigorous workouts at the gym
Songz finally got the recognition he deserved at age 20 in 2005, when he signed with Atlantic and released the album Gotta Make It to generally positive reviews, garnering comparisons to classic soul artists. It received immediate attention because of its attractive mix of standard and modern sounds, and the album introduction by Aretha Franklin. Songz landed hits from the album with the title track “Gotta Make It” and the ballad "Gotta Go."
Shirtless photo of Trey Songz with his huge boom box
In 2007, Songz recorded his follow-up album, Trey Day, working with producers Danjahands, Stargate and R. Kelly. The first song, "Wonder Woman," was released in May, 2007 and was followed by "Can't Help But Wait" three months later. The latter song received a coveted Grammy nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. That marked the validation of the faith shown Trey by the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, who hailed him as one of "the most promising R&B artists we have had since we started the company 60 years ago."
Trey Songz, shirtless and muscular, poses in this photo for famous photographer Maya Guez
Now, with the 2009 release of READY, Trey Songz is more than ready to claim his place in the pantheon of R&B greats. His latest album draws music and lyrics from such accomplished producers and songwriters as Eric Hudson, Sean Garrett, Stargate, Bryan-Michael Cox, Soul Keys, Jermaine Dupri, Soundz, and long-time collaborator Troy Taylor.
Listen to this YouTube video of Trey Songz READY full album preview with excerpts from all 17 tracks:
Watch and listen to Trey Songz as he performs with Drake the hit “Successful” from Trey’s new album READY on this MTV video:
Check out this MTV video with Trey Songz’ Official Single “I Need a Girl” from his new album READY:
And just for fun, listen to aTrey Songz interview on Sirius Radio's The Morning After with Angela Yee, wherein Trey shares his sexual fantasies and admits he "loves" oral sex and "multiple Os" on this YouTube video (NSFW):
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