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Trey Songz has established a long-running career as a Billboard-topping R&B and hip-hop artist since 2005. Learn more about his rise to fame and see what sets him apart from other musicians of his generation here at The Shade Room.

Early Life

Born Tremaine Aldon Neverson on November 28, 1984, Trey Songz didn’t develop an interest in starting a musical career until he was 14, when people recognized that his singing voice was a pleasant and unexplored gift. Although reluctant to sing at first, he got his start by performing in high school before his stepfather introduced him to record producer Troy Taylor, with whom Trey’s stepfather went to high school.



Neverson’s connection with Taylor eventually led to his making a deal with Atlantic Records in 2003, using the stage name Trey Songz. Following his graduation from Petersburg High School in the class of 2002, Songz headed to New Jersey to record his debut Trey Songz album, with recording to begin in ‘03 and complete in ‘04.

 

Trey Songz Career

In 2004, while recording his first album, Songz released a series of mixtapes as Prince of Virginia, one of which featured his first minor hit “Open The Closet,” a musical response to R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet.” Then, in 2005, the debut Trey Songz album I Gotta Make It came out, making #20 on the Billboard 200. In March of that year, Trey Songz song “Gotta Make It” had already reached the 87th spot on the Billboard Hot 100, helping secure his success by the time the album came out.

Songz wasted no time following the success of his debut to start working on his second album with Troy Taylor, with R. Kelly, Danja, Stargate, and Bryan-Michael Cox joining to collaborate. In 2007, the second Trey Songz album Trey Day was released, and saw an even greater success than his debut as the more mainstream LP climbed to #11 on the Billboard 200.

Prior to releasing this second successful album release, Songz released a single, “Wonder Woman,” in early 2007, which didn’t perform quite as well as the album, but made #54 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Another single from the album released that year included “Can’t Help but Wait,” which was the most successful single released and would become Songz’s first spot in the Top 20 on the Hot 100.

Trey Songz would continue work on a third studio album in 2008, this time teaming with Sean Garrett in addition to Troy Taylor, Bryan-Michael Cox, and Stargate. Hoping it would be more mature in nature than his previous two Trey Songz albums, he promoted it in 2009 with the release of two mixtapes, one of which included several songs from the album. He released the album, Ready, in August of that year, which took the #3 spot on the Billboard 200. With over 1,000,000 records sold in the U.S. alone, it became his first Platinum album.

Trey Songz, by now a well-established artist, began touring in late 2009 as the opening act for Jay-Z during his Fall Tour that year, and Ready received a Best Contemporary R&B Album nomination at the 52nd Grammy Awards in 2010. Following the release of a fourth album and an EP in 2011, a Trey Songz tour to promote his fifth album Chapter V took place across North America.

Throughout the years since, the artist went on to succeed with many other singles and two more albums, Trigga and Tremaine, with hits like Trey Songz’s “Nobody Else But You” in 2017 going on to keep him firmly in the limelight.

 

Trey Songz Relationships: Who Is He Dating?

Trey Songz has been in relationships with:

  • Lori Harvey (2018-2019)
  • Tanaya (2015)
  • Mila J (2014)
  • Bernice Burgos (2013-2014)
  • Tabby Brown (2012-2013)
  • Iesha Marie (2012-2014)
  • Simply Jess (2010-2011)
  • Ciara (2010)
  • Sheneka Adams (2010-2011)
  • Keri Hilson (2009-2010)
  • Tahiry Jose (2009)
  • Lauren London (2009-2013)
  • Drew Sidora (2009)
  • Necole Bitchie (2009)
  • Claudia Jordan (2009)
  • Helen Gedlu (2007-2008)

Trey Songz has also been seen with Khloe Kardashian in 2016 and Brittany Renner in 2014.

 

The Latest Trey Songz News

Looking beyond his career and stardom in the music industry, Trey Songz has made headlines for a number of controversial incidents. In 2016, he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, along with charges for assaulting a police officer resulting in injury, after a performance in Detroit due to the fact that the venue cut the concert short due to curfew. Songz would plead guilty to these charges in 2017 and receive 18 months of probation following the incident.

In 2018, Songz got into trouble with the law again after he allegedly punched a woman during a party in Los Angeles, though the case was later dropped after witness statements contradicted the victim’s claims. That same year, a Detroit policeman and a photographer sued Songz for punching the former after hitting the photographer with a mic stand during another performance.

In other more positive Trey Songz news, the artist confirmed he is a father in May of 2019, welcoming his son “Noah.”

Keep up with all of the latest Trey Songz news here at The Shade Room.