Trey Songz burst onto the music scene in 2005 at age 20, scoring a hit with his single "Gotta Make It" and quickly drawing comparisons to classic soul greats.
Songz (born Tremaine Neverson) was born Petersburg Virginia, and grew up listening primarily to hip-hop. However, as a teen he met songwriter/producer Troy Taylor, who saw great talent in the young man. Songz landed a couple guest vocal spots before releasing his debut track, "About the Game," from the movie Coach Carter.
Songz soon signed with Atlantic and released the album Gotta Make It to generally positive reviews in 2005. It received immediate attention because of its attractive mix of classic and modern sounds, and the album intro by Aretha Franklin didn't hurt Songz' creds. Songz landed hits from the album with the title track and the ballad "Gotta Go."
In 2007, Songz began recording 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.
By Chris Rizik