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The-Dream
Birth name Terius Youngdell Nash
Born December 12, 1978 (1978-12-12) (age 31)
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres R&B, Pop, Synthpop, Hip-Hop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, music executive, painter, rapper
Years active 2000–present
Labels Def Jam, Radio Killa
Associated acts Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Christina Milian, Nivea, Ciara, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Fabolous, Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly, Los Da Mystro, Electrik Red, Mary J. Blige, Dear Jayne, T.I.
Website www.the-dreammusic.com

Terius Youngdell Nash (born December 12, 1978), better known by his stage name The-Dream, is an American Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter and record producer. He was born in Rockingham, North Carolina, and raised by his mother Reva Nash until her death at age 35. The-Dream moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he was raised by his grandfather.

The-Dream met R&B producer Laney Stewart in 2001, who helped him sign a publishing deal. He spent two years working on Nivea's second album Complicated, and continued to write and produce with Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Laney's brother. Together, The-Dream and Tricky produced Rihanna's 2007 smash hit "Umbrella", which boosted The-Dream's music career. He signed a deal with Def Jam Records in 2007, and released his debut studio album Love Hate later that year. In March 2009, The-Dream released his sophomore album Love vs. Money, and is currently working on his third album titled Love King, which is targeted for a 2010 release.

The-Dream married wife Nivea the singer in 2004. However, he filed for divorce in December 2007 & began dating Christina Milian in 2009; the two were married September 4, 2009. July 2009 The-Dream announced that Love King will be his last solo album, however he will still be producing, writing, and featuring for other artists.

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Music career

The-Dream met R&B producer Laney Stewart in 2001; Stewart helped him get a publishing deal after writing "Everything" from B2K's album Pandemonium!.[1] Under the pen name "The-Dream", he began writing lyrics for many popular artists. He spent two years working on Nivea's second album Complicated, which he executive produced, and continued to write and produce with Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Laney's brother, which led to Rihanna's 2007 smash hit "Umbrella". The success of "Umbrella" boosted Dream's music career, and in 2007, he signed a deal with Def Jam Records and began working on various projects, as well as completing his debut studio album Love Hate with his production partner Tricky Stewart.[2] The-Dream also began writing for numerous artists, most notably J. Holiday's "Bed", Usher's "Moving Mountains", Yung Joc's "Coffee Shop" and Jesse McCartney's "Leavin'". He also co-wrote Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body", Ciara's "High Price," and took part in co-writing a majority of Mary J. Blige's 2007 Growing Pains album, including the smash hit "Just Fine".

In December 2007, The-Dream was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year for "Umbrella", but lost to Amy Winehouse's "Rehab". However, in June 2008, The-Dream won the award for Best New Artist at the 2008 BET Awards. Throughout 2008, The-Dream appeared on a number of records including Plies' "Please Excuse My Hands" with Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J's "Baby", Gym Class Heroes' "Cookie Jar" and Kardinal Offishall's "Gimme Some". In addition, The-Dream signed female R&B girl-group Electrik Red to Radio Killa Records and they released their debut album, How to Be a Lady: Volume 1, under the label.[3] The-Dream and production partner Christopher "Tricky" Stewart produced "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" off Beyoncé's album I Am… Sasha Fierce, co-produced two tracks ("Just Like Me" & "Digital Girl") and was featured on Jamie Foxx's album Intuition, and worked with Mario and Lionel Richie.[4] He will also be featured on a number of upcoming albums from; Phyzikal, Ciara, Sterling Simms, Young Chris, Dear Jayne, Brandy and Cassie.

On March 10, 2009 The-Dream released his sophomore album Love vs. Money. The album spawned the hit single "Rockin That Thang" and received universal acclaim from music critics. Initially The-Dream told Billboard magazine that he will release his third album Love King, in December 2009[5], however, in September 2009, Christopher Stewart told Rap-Up magazine that the album will be released in 2010 instead.[6]. According to The-Dream, he collaborated with T-Pain for at least one track and also expressed that he would like to make a collaboration album with Kanye West in the future.[7] The-Dream announced that Love King will be his last solo album; however, he will still be producing, writing, and featuring on other artist albums.[4][8]. The first single from Love King will be released in February 2010.[9]

In early 2009, The-Dream began working with Christina Milian on her fourth studio album Elope,[10] which led to her signing a joint-deal with Radio Killa Records.[11] The-Dream said that when he was building his label, he went looking for Milian because he believed she was a talented singer.[12] The singer confirmed that her second single would be a duet with The-Dream called "Supersonic".[13] Throughout 2009, The-Dream has also been working on new material for Mariah Carey, Brandy, and Diddy. Diddy's song "Change" is described by The-Dream as, "probably one of the best male records I've ever written...the best record I've written besides 'Umbrella'."[4]

It has recently been confirmed that he and Tricky Stewart are currently in the studio at work on Ciara's yet-to-be-titled fourth studio album. The two are set to produce the entire album, and it is slated to be released in 2010. As Stewart confirmed himself, they are already 14 songs into the album.[14]

It has also been confirmed that he is working on Katy Perry's upcoming album.[15]

He also collaborated on, produced and wrote Snoop Dogg's Gangsta Luv which is on the 2009 album Malice n Wonderland.

Personal life

The-Dream married girlfriend Nivea in 2004, who he had been dating for one year. Together they had three children, daughter Navy Talia who was born on May 10, 2005, and twin sons born in 2006. They had been married for three years when Nivea filed for legal separation in December 2007. The-Dream said that although he was in love with Nivea, his lack of experience in a family growing up meant he was "not taught how much more than love does it take to run a relationship. Like, 'cause love isn't just where it's gonna end. It can't start and stop with love. There has to be a certain amount of knowledge and patience that's acquired in order to keep it going and keep it straight, and I found out the hard way".[16]

On September 4, 2009, The-Dream married Christina Milian at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas.[17] The-Dream began dating Milian in early 2009, and they soon became engaged.[18] In August, it was reported that they had applied for a marriage license in Los Angeles. The-Dream said he was eager to start a family with Milian, saying, "you have to do your work — then whenever she makes that time for herself, she'll make that time [to have a baby]. In the next couple of years, there'll be something around."[19] The-Dream said in an interview that Nivea was still a good friend of his, and that she was also friends with Milian.[20] On September 11, 2009, it was announced that Milian and The-Dream are expecting their first child together. The Daily Mail reported that "the pregnancy was a surprise, but they were getting married regardless".[21]. Milian gave birth to their daughter Violet Madison Nash on February 26, 2010. Baby Violet was reported to have a full head of hair and her parents were thrilled. [22]

In addition to music, The-Dream revealed he is currently working on a TV reality series for MTV where he will scout aspiring singers,[4] and plans to release a clothing line called Millionaire Love Affair.[3] The-Dream is also an accomplished artist who has created many paintings and sculptures, some of which have been shown at various art galleries throughout Atlanta.[23]

Discography

Studio albums

Awards and nominations

  • American Music Awards
    • 2008, T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist [Nominated]
  • BET Awards
    • 2009, Best Male R&B Artist [Nominated]
    • 2008, Best New Artist [Won]
  • Grammy Awards
    • 2010, Song of the Year ("Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (songwriter) [Won]
    • 2010, Album of the Year (I Am...Sasha Fierce) (songwriter) [Nominated]
    • 2010, Best R&B Song ("Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" (songwriter) [Won]
    • 2008, Song of the Year ("Umbrella") (songwriter) [Nominated]
  • Ozone Awards
    • 2008, Best R&B Artist [Nominated]

References

  1. ^ Cordor, Cyril; Kellman, Andy. "The-Dream > Biography". Allmusic. http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:wbfoxqurldfe~T1. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  2. ^ "The-Dream Biography". Def Jam.com. http://www.defjam.com/site/artist_bio.php?artist_id=652. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  3. ^ a b "A Q&A with Singer-Songwriter The-Dream". The Urban Network. 2008-09-18. http://www.urbannetwork.com/cms/index.php?news=1520. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  4. ^ a b c d "The-Dream Spreads The 'Love' On New Album". Billboard. 2008-10-10. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003873089. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  5. ^ http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/the-dream-recording-new-album-for-december-1003970940.story
  6. ^ http://www.rap-up.com/2009/09/26/the-dream-defers-love-king-to-2010/#more-27397
  7. ^ The-Dream Talks about his Upcoming Collabo Album with Kanye West in which cotain sthre hit walking on the moon. Accessed January 26, 2009.
  8. ^ "The-Dream Announces "Love King" Will Be Last Album". Billboard. 2009. http://www.billboard.com/news/the-dream-announces-love-king-will-be-last-1003997150.story#/news/the-dream-announces-love-king-will-be-last-1003997150.story/. Retrieved 2009. 
  9. ^ http://www.rap-up.com/2009/11/26/the-dream-wont-eat-christina-milians-treats/
  10. ^ "Christina Milian Changes Album Title to Elope". Rap-Up. 2009-03-02. http://www.rap-up.com/2009/03/02/christina-milian-changes-album-title-to-elope/. 
  11. ^ Washington, Jessica. "Christina Milian Signs with The-Dream's Radio Killa Records". Rap-Up. http://www.rap-up.com/2009/02/17/christina-milian-signs-with-the-dreams-radio-killa-records/. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  12. ^ Miller, Brian (March 9, 2009). "The-Dream Defends His Girl Christina Milian". RapRadar.com. http://www.rapradar.com/qa/the-dream.html. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  13. ^ San Miguel, Celia (March 27, 2009). milian-im-not-thirsty-attention "Christina Milian: "I'm Not Thirsty For Attention!"". Latina. http://www.latina.com/entertainment/celebrity/christina milian-im-not-thirsty-attention. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  14. ^ http://www.rap-up.com/2009/09/28/exclusive-ciara-readies-new-album/
  15. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a185960/katy-perry-working-with-beyonce-producer.html
  16. ^ Osorio, Kim (2009-04-03). "The Dream Talks About His Relationship". BET.com music. Black Entertainment Television. http://www.bet.com/Music/News/thedreamtalksabouthisrelationship_MUSICNEWS_4.3.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  17. ^ http://www.tmz.com/2009/09/08/milian-and-the-dream-secret-wedding-in-vegas/
  18. ^ "Christina Milian & The-Dream Celebrate Engagement". Rap-Up. June 20, 2009. http://www.rap-up.com/2009/06/20/christina-milian-the-dream-celebrate-engagement/. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  19. ^ http://www.latina.com/entertainment/celebrity/christina-milian-dream-getting-married-any-minute-now
  20. ^ http://www.voice-online.co.uk/content.php?show=16009
  21. ^ Johnson, Chris (September 12, 2009). "Pregnant Christina Milian's shotgun wedding to music producer boyfriend The-Dream". Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1212858/Christina-Milian-expecting-child-shotgun-wedding-music-producer-boyfriend-The-Dream.html. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  22. ^ http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20346499,00.html
  23. ^ "Terius Nash Biography". Africasgateway.com. 2007-11-27. http://www.africasgateway.com/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=1812. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 

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