Ralph Tresvant

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Ralph Tresvant
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Background information
Birth name Ralph Edward Tresvant, Jr.
Also known as Rizz
Born (1968-05-16) May 16, 1968 (age 46)
Origin Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States
Genres R&B, new jack swing
Occupation(s) Singer, actor, producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1983–present
Labels Xzault Media Group
MCA Records
Geffen Records
Interscope Records
Associated acts New Edition, Heads of State
Website Official website

Ralph Tresvant (born Ralph Edward Tresvant, Jr.; May 16, 1968) is an American tenor singer, best known as one of the lead singers in R&B and pop group New Edition.


New Edition[edit]

Tresvant sang lead on many of the New Edition lead singles including "Candy Girl", "Cool It Now", "Count Me Out", and "If It Isn't Love". When New Edition was formed as the group, Tresvant was chosen as the leading frontman, which caused conflict with group member Bobby Brown (who was since voted out of the group in the early years).

Solo career[edit]

Tresvant left New Edition in 1989, shortly before the rest of the group disbanded by the time it was a quartet. Despite the success of groupmates Bobby Brown, Bell Biv DeVoe, and Johnny Gill, Tresvant was cautious about his own solo career. Signing to MCA Records, Tresvant let his apprehension be known in several interviews.

Nevertheless, well-known producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis were confident in his abilities after having worked with him on the album Heartbreak. They wrote the song "Sensitivity" for him which hit #1 on the R&B charts, #4 on the Hot 100 and it went gold. His self-titled album released shortly after in 1990 and went platinum as well, topping the R&B charts. The album scored two more hits with "Stone Cold Gentleman" reaching #3 on the R&B charts and "Do What I Gotta Do" which reached #2 in 1991.

Tresvant appeared in the movie House Party 2 in 1991, performing the song 'Yo Baby Yo' from the House Party 2 Movie Soundtrack. The following year in 1992 he scored his fourth and final solo top 3 R&B hit to date, "Money Can't Buy You Love", from the Mo' Money soundtrack. In 1993, he released his second album, It's Goin' Down. The album featured greater involvement from Tresvant as he produced many of the tracks himself. However, the album failed to perform as well as the debut.

In 1996, he reunited with the other members of New Edition for the release of Home Again which became a success. The album was released on September 10, 1996 and debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Pop and R&B Charts.

In October 2004 "Sensitivity" appeared in popular videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on R&B/Soul radio station CSR 103.9.

Ralph's third solo album, Rizz-Wa-Faire, was released March 7, 2006. The first single and video from the album was "My Homegirl".

Heads of State[edit]

As of September 27, 2008, he began touring with Bobby Brown and Johnny Gill in a new group named Heads of State.

Personal life[edit]

On September 18, 2004, in a double wedding with Ricky Bell, he married Amber Serrano. They live in Acworth, Georgia.[citation needed] He is currently signed to Xzault Media Group his own label.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
1990 Ralph Tresvant 17 1 42 22 37
1993 It's Goin' Down
  • Release date: January 19, 1994
  • Label: MCA Records
131 24
2006 Rizz-Wa-Faire
  • Release date: March 7, 2006
  • Label: Xzault Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Dance
CAN Dance
1990 "Sensitivity" 4 1 19 21 8 6 18 Ralph Tresvant
1991 "Stone Cold Gentleman" 34 3 28 25 78
"Do What I Gotta Do" 2 26
"Rated R" 69
"Yo Baby Yo" House Party 2 (soundtrack)
1992 "Money Can't Buy You Love" 54 2 Mo' Money (soundtrack)
1994 "Who's the Mack" 35 It's Goin' Down
1994 "When I Need Somebody" 45
2006 "My Homegirl" Rizz-Wa-Faire
2009 "It Must Be You" Non-album song
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist US US AC Album
1991 "Voices That Care" Various 11 6 single only
1992 "The Best Things in Life Are Free" Luther Vandross featuring Janet Jackson, BBD and Ralph Tresvant 10 Mo' Money

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1991 "Voices That Care"(Various) David S. Jackson



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