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Trey Songz
Birth name Tremaine Aldon Neverson
Also known as Prince of Virginia
Born November 28, 1984 (1984-11-28) (age 25)
Petersburg, Virginia, United States
Genres R&B, Soul
Occupations Singer–songwriter, record producer, actor
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, sampler
Years active 2005–present
Labels Atlantic, Songbook

Tremaine Aldon Neverson (born November 28, 1984), better known by his stage name Trey Songz, is an American recording artist, producer and actor. He has released three studio albums: I Gotta Make It, Trey Day and Ready.


Early life

Songz was born Tremaine Aldon Neverson on November 28, 1984, in Petersburg, Virginia.[1] Raised a military brat, he recognized his vocal abilities at the age of 14.[2] Reluctant to sing, he began performing with encouragement by friends and family. Record producer Troy Taylor discovered Songz during a talent show, which led him to a record contract with Atlantic Records.[2] After graduating from high school, Songz moved to New Jersey to begin his music career.[1]


2005–2006: I Gotta Make It

While recording his debut album, Songz released mixtapes under the alias Prince of Virginia.[1] He made an "answer track" to R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet", entitled "Open the Closet".[3] His debut album, I Gotta Make It was released in July 2005 by Atlantic Records.[4][4] It debuted at number 20 on the Billboard 200, domestically selling over 40,000 copies in its first week of sales.[citation needed] Songz's debut album yielded the singles Gotta Make It, debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 87, and on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts at number 21, becoming his first Top 40 R&B hit. Another single, Gotta Go, peaked at number 67 on the Hot 100 and on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, at number 11.[citation needed]

2007–2008: Trey Day

Songz released his second studio album, Trey Day, in October 2007. The album again had only featured guest appearances by Bun B, who appeared on the opening track, and Jim Jones. Production on Songz's second album had included, Bryan-Michael Cox, R. Kelly, James Harris, Terry Lewis, Andrew Harr, Bernard Freeman, Floyd Hills, alongside Tamir "Nokio" Ruffin, Justin Haro, and M.S. Eriksen. The album debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200,[5] selling more units than his previous album, I Gotta Make It.[citation needed] The lead single, "Wonder Woman", peaked at number 54 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

The second single, "Can't Help but Wait", peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart; it became Songz's first-charting R&B single on the R&B charts.[citation needed] "Can't Help But Wait" charted at number 74 on the Billboard Pop 100 in February 2008. The third single off of "Trey Day", "Last Time", peaked on number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at number nine on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. In 2008, Songz was nominated for a BET Award for Best Male R&B Artist.[6]

2009–present: Ready

In 2009, "Can't Help but Wait" earned Songz a nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards ceremony.[7] He announced the upcoming release of his third album, Ready, was released in September 2009. Prior to the release of Ready, Songz released a mixtape titled Anticipation in June 2009 through his blog.[8] This mixtape is the second mixtape released by Trey Songz in 2009, with the first being titled Genesis. Genesis was a collection of Trey Songz first recordings when he was fifteen years old and was released to show his fans the dedication that he had to making a record when he was young.[9] Ready is preceded by the first single, "I Need a Girl". The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, selling 131,000 copies in its first week.[10]

The lead single from Ready, the Johnta Austin-penned, "I Need a Girl" which was a hit on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, peaking at number five, and so far peaked at number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single, "Successful", featuring Canadian entertainer Drake, peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100, Songz second top 20 hit. The third and fourth singles, "LOL Smiley Face" and "I Invented Sex" also featuring Drake, charted within the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the R&B chart. The fifth single, Say Aah, which featured rapper Fabolous, has currently peaked at #9 on the Hot 100, which is Songz' biggest hit of his career. The album was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards, but lost out to Beyoncé's I Am... Sasha Fierce.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Queen of Media DJ I.V. film
2009 Lincoln Heights Trey Songz Episode: "Relative Unknown"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result
2008 BET Award for Best Male R&B Artist[6] Nominated
Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Can't Help but Wait"[7] Nominated
Ozone Award for Best R&B Artist[11] Nominated
2009 Soul Train Awards for Best Collaboration "Successful" Nominated
2010 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album for "Ready" Nominated


  1. ^ a b c Jeffries, David. "Trey Songz - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  2. ^ a b Dawson, Imani A. (2005-05-24). "Next - Trey Songz - Making History". Vibe. Vibe Media Group. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  3. ^ Dombal, Ryan (2005-06-06). "Trey Cheeky". Entertainment Weekly. Time.,,1068464,00.html. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
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  6. ^ a b "2008 BET Awards winners and nominees". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. 2008-06-24.,0,2828634.htmlstory. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  7. ^ a b Rich, Joshua (2008-12-03). "Grammy nominations announced!". Entertainment Weekly. Time. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  8. ^ "New R&B Music: Trey Songz - Anticipation Mixtape". 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  9. ^ "Trey Songz - Genesis Mixtape". 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  10. ^ Caulfield, Keith; Herrera, Monica (Herrera). "Whitney Houston Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  11. ^ "Lil Wayne Leads The Pack With 8 Ozone Awards Nominations". XXL. Harris Publications. 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 

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