Ralph Tresvant

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Ralph Tresvant
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Tresvant at the 2008 BET Awards
Background information
Birth nameRalph Edward Tresvant
Also known as
  • Rizz
  • Rizzo
Born (1968-05-16) May 16, 1968 (age 52)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. [1]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • rapper
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • record producer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1981–present [2]
Labels
Associated acts
Website Official website

Ralph Edward Tresvant (born May 16, 1968), is an American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer, best known as the lead singer of R&B group New Edition. [3] [4] As a solo artist, Tresvant released the album Ralph Tresvant (1990). [5] In 2008, he began touring with Bobby Brown and Johnny Gill in a new group named Heads of State.

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Early life

Tresvant was born on May 16, 1968, in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Patricia Tresvant and Ralph Hall. Tresvant grew up enjoying music with his younger siblings, sister LaTonya and brother Andre. When some junior high school friends got the idea to put a group together, Tresvant and three others – Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins – started performing at local talent shows. They were spotted by a local up-and-coming producer and songwriter, Brooke Payne, a local manager and choreographer, who encountered the boys at a local talent show in Roxbury. After an audition for Payne, he gave them the name New Edition to signify they were a new edition of the Jackson 5. Maurice Starr, who wanted to create a "newer edition" of the pop act The Jackson 5, signed them to his independent Streetwise Records label and a fifth member, Ronnie DeVoe (Payne's nephew), was added to the group. Releasing their debut album, Candy Girl, in 1983. [6] The album was a successful launching pad for the group, spawning the teen-oriented hit singles "Popcorn Love," "Is This the End" and the title track.

Career

After a dispute over money, New Edition left Starr's management and record label and signed with major label MCA Records, which released the group's self-titled second album. Tresvant's smooth, approachable vocal style had become a signature for the group, and the hits continued, including the Top Five smash single "Cool It Now."

Quiet and shy, Tresvant was initially apprehensive about the idea of recording a solo project. Tresvant felt as if the members of the group were not showing him the acknowledgment that he thought he deserved. [7] However, after witnessing the huge success of Bobby Brown's solo albums and of Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins' Bell Biv Devoe side project, Tresvant eventually relented. [8] His self-titled debut was released in 1990. [6] The lead single "Sensitivity" spent 20 weeks on the U.S. R&B Singles chart, including two weeks at Number One. The album also included the Top 5 hit singles "Do What I Gotta Do" and "Stone Cold Gentleman", the latter of which features guest vocals from former band member Bobby Brown. Tresvant's self-titled debut album sold two million copies, achieving double-platinum status.

Tresvant's vocals were also featured on songs on the soundtracks for the films Mo' Money ("Money Can't Buy You Love") and The Preacher's Wife ("Somebody Bigger Than You and I"). He made a cameo appearance in the popular urban comedy House Party 2 which featured his two singles for the film's soundtrack, "Rated-R" and " Yo Baby Yo " .

Tresvant is a radio show DJ on The BASS of Boston WZBR 1410 AM. The show "Inside the Ride with Ralph Tresvant" premiered on Monday, September 5, 2016. [9]

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Ralph Tresvant among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire. [10]

Discography

New Edition
Solo

TBA (2020)

Filmography

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