5 Questions With ... Tyrese
GRAMMY-nominated R&B artist Tyrese was the recent guest for an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Held at the singer's home in Los Angeles, Tyrese discussed his forthcoming new album Black Rose, being nominated for a 55th GRAMMY Award and his plans for the future, among other topics.
"Other than [2011's] Open Invitation, of course, [Black Rose is] probably the most important album of my career…. … It was a concentrated effort to create the greatest music that the world has ever heard. That was the goal. … Black Rose is the proudest thing I've ever done."
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Born Tyrese Darnell Gibson in Los Angeles, Tyrese began his career at age 14, performing at talent shows in the Watts area of L.A. After starring in a Coca-Cola commercial, Tyrese landed a recording contract and released his self-titled debut album in 1998. The album reached No. 17 on the Billboard 200, sold more than 1 million copies and spawned his first GRAMMY nomination for "Sweet Lady" for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Following the release of his sophomore set, 2001's gold-selling 2000 Watts, 2003's I Wanna Go There notched Tyrese his second GRAMMY nomination for "How You Gonna Act Like That."
After a five-year recording hiatus, in which he focused on acting in films such as Fast Five and Transformers, Tyrese returned in 2011 with the independently produced Open Invitation, which received a GRAMMY nomination for Best R&B Album at the 55th GRAMMY Awards. In February Tyrese and co-author Rev Run published Manology: Secrets Of Your Man's Mind Revealed, a book offering advice and insight on how a man's mind works with regard to relationships.
In 2014 Tyrese is expected to release Black Rose, a double album for which he recorded 146 songs in 34 days beginning Jan. 5, 2013.