Ralph Tresvant

Mostly known for his role as the lead vocalist of R&B group New Edition, Ralph Tresvant (born on May 16, 1968) is an American actor, singer-songwriter, and producer. Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, Tresvant developed a passion for music from a very young age. During his junior high school years, he formed a group with schoolmates Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, and Michael Bivins, which caught the attention of local producer Brooke Payne at a talent show. Inspired by the Jackson 5, the producer named the group New Edition and quickly got them signed to Streetwise Records, after which last member Ronnie deVoe was added to the lineup. New Edition hit the jackpot in the early 80s with singles like “Candy Girl,” “Cool It Now,” and “Mr. Telephone Man,” all of which reached Number 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After the successful launch of Bobby Brown’s solo career and the subsequent creation of Belle Biv Devoe, Tresvant finally released his self-titled studio debut in 1990. “Sensitivity,” the album’s lead single, topped the US R&B Singles chart for two weeks, and both “Do What I Gotta Do” and “Stone Cold Gentleman” managed to get into the Top 5 on that same chart. Tresvant followed up with the Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-produced It’s Going Down (1994) and the tepidly received Rizz-Wa-Faire (2006), which only made it to Number 88 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Fourteen years later, he made a comeback with “All Mine,” a collaboration with Johnny Gill that made it to the Top 30 on the Top Adult R&B Songs chart in the US.

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