Tyrese Darnell Gibson (born December 30, 1978), also known simply as Tyrese, is an American Grammy-nominated R&B singer-songwriter, rapper, actor, author, television producer, former fashion model and MTV VJ. He is best known from the film Baby Boy and his appearances in the Fast and Furious series. After releasing several albums, he transitioned into films, with lead roles in several major Hollywood releases.
Gibson was born and grew up in the Watts district of Los Angeles, California. His mother, Priscilla Murray Gibson (née Durham), raised him and his three older siblings as a single parent after Gibson's father, Tyrone Gibson, left.
Gibson's career began when he was discovered on a bus. An appearance in a 1994 Coca-Cola advertisement, singing the phrase "Always Coca-Cola", led to bigger fame. It led him to other appearances for "Guess?" also Tommy Hilfiger. After developing a successful modeling career, Tyrese could not push aside his wish to develop a career in the music industry, a goal he had aimed to achieve since he started singing at the age of 14.
In early 1998, Tyrese was signed as an artist to early RCA Records. Afterwards, he released his debut single "Nobody Else". It quickly rose on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #36. On September 29, 1998, he released his self-titled album Tyrese. It debuted on the Billboard charts at #17. Afterwards, he released the second single from the album "Lately". It made it to #56 on the Billboard charts. Then, the album's third single and highest charting single "Sweet Lady" became the album's biggest hit, reaching #9 on the R&B charts. The single earned Tyrese a Grammy award for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance at the awards ceremony. The album eventually went on to be certified Platinum. Tyrese along with singers Ginuwine, RL of Next and Case were featured on the soundtrack of the The Best Man on the single "The Best Man I Can Be".
On May 22, 2001, Tyrese released his second studio album 2000 Watts. The first single off the album was "I Like Them Girls" it charted on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #15. The album went to be certified Gold selling over 500,000 copies. The third single off the album "Just a Baby Boy" with Snoop Dogg and Mr. Tan was featured on the soundtrack to his major acting debut film Baby Boy.
After RCA Records was disbanded Tyrese went on to sign to J Records. There he released his third studio album I Wanna Go There on December 10, 2002. His first single from the album and arguably his most successful single to date "How You Gonna Act Like That" debuted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #7.
On December 12, 2006, Tyrese released his fourth studio album Alter Ego, his first double disc album. It was also his first album in which he debuts his rapping persona. The first single off the album was "One" debuting on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #26. The album itself is considered Tyrese's lowest selling album to date. In 2007, Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank founded TGT.
After taking time from music to focus on his family and his highly successful acting career, Tyrese decided it was time to return to his first love. In 2011, he signed himself and his newly founded label Voltron Recordz to EMI and announced he was working on a new album entitled Open Invitation. On August 16, 2011, Tyrese released the lead single "Stay". It peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #11. The second single "Too Easy" featured fellow actor and friend Ludacris. It peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #38. The third single "Nothing On You" peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #61, the music video for the single featured fellow actor and friend Taraji P. Henson. Open Invitation was released on November 1, 2011. It debuted on the US Billboard 200 albums chart at #9, sold 130,000 copies in its first week and has went on to sell over 400,000 copies. In 2013, the album earned Tyrese his third Grammy nomination at the 2013 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album.
In early 2013, it was announced and confirmed after much speculation that Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank would be releasing their debut collaboration album, to be distributed by Atlantic Records. On April 10, 2013, Tyrese announced that he is working on a new album entitled Black Rose, expected to be released some time in 2014.