Gibson at the San Diego Comic Con for Image Comics in July 2009.
|Birth name||Tyrese Darnell Gibson|
|Also known as||Black-Ty|
December 30, 1978 |
Watts, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Genres||R&B, hip hop|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, model, actor, VJ, screenwriter, film producer, author, television producer|
|Years active||1994 – present|
|Labels||RCA (1997 – 2001)
J (2002 – 2006)
Voltron (2011 – present)
EMI (2011 – present)
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 a artist to early RCA Records. Afterwards, he released his debut single "Nobody Else". It quickly rose through the Billboard Hot 100 charts 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 & 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 & Case were featured on the soundtrack of the The Best Man on the single "The Best Man I Can Be".
2001: 2000 Watts
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 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 & Mr. Tan was featured on the soundtrack to his major acting debut film Baby Boy.
2002-03: I Wanna Go There
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 & arguably his most successful single to date "How You Gonna Act Like That" debuted on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts at #7.
2006-07: Alter Ego
On December 12, 2006, Tyrese released his fourth studio album Alter Ego, it was Tyrese 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 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts at #26. The album itself is considered Tyrese's lowest selling album to date. In 2007, Tyrese, Ginuwine & Tank founded TGT.
2011-12: Open Invitation
After taking time from music to focus on his family & his highly successful acting career, Tyrese decided it was time to returned to his first love. In 2011, he signed himself & 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 & 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 & friend Taraji P. Henson. "Open Invitation" was released on November 1, 2011. It debuted on the US Billboard charts at #9 it sold 130,000 copies the first week & 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.
2013:-present: TGT & Black Rose
In early 2013, it was announced & confirmed after much speculation, Tyrese, Ginuwine, & Tank are going to release their debut collaboration album and it will be distributed by Atlantic Records. On April 10, 2013, Tyrese announced that he is working on a new album entitled Black Rose, stated to release some time in 2014. 
Gibson rose to prominence as an actor when he starred in John Singleton's Baby Boy in 2001. Tupac Shakur was originally chosen to play the character of Joseph "Jody" Summers, but the role landed into Gibson's hands. Baby Boy co-starred Taraji P. Henson and Snoop Dogg and it is considered a cult classic.
Gibson is best known for playing Roman Pearce in 2 Fast 2 Furious, the 2003 sequel to The Fast and the Furious alongside fellow actor and friend Paul Walker and Eva Mendes. Singleton was once again the director and it would not be the last for both of them. In 2005 they collaborated for the third time when Gibson co-starred with Mark Whalberg in the action-crime drama Four Brothers. He went on to star in the action-drama Waist Deep with Meagan Good.
In 2007, Gibson landed his biggest role to date when he co-starred with the ensemble cast of Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Megan Fox, Anthony Anderson and Jon Voight in Transformers, directed and co-produced by Michael Bay. Steven Spielberg served as exectutive producer and the film went on to making nearly $710 million worldwide. Gibson returned once again in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). In 2008, he co-starred opposite Jason Statham in Death Race, and then appeared in Legion in 2010. In 2011, he returned as Roman Pearce in Fast Five, and played the character again in the 2013 film Fast & Furious 6.
In late 1990, Tyrese made his modeling debut on a number of popular fashion magazines.
Author & writing
On May 8, 2012, Tyrese released his first novel entitled "How to Get Out of Your Own Way". It went on to be a New York Times best seller. On February 5, 2013, Tyrese released his second novel along with close personal friend Rev. Run entitled "Manology: Secrets of Your Man's Mind Revealed", which it also went on to be a New York Times best seller. In 2013, Tyrese announced that he was working on a third novel entitled "Black Rose".
- Tyrese (1998)
- 2000 Watts (2001)
- I Wanna Go There (2002)
- Alter Ego (2006)
- Open Invitation (2011)
- Black Rose (2014)
|2000||Love Song||Mad Rage / Skip|
|2001||Baby Boy||Joseph 'Jody' Summers|
|2003||2 Fast 2 Furious||Roman Pearce|
|2004||Flight of the Phoenix||AJ|
|2005||Four Brothers||Angel Mercer|
|2007||The Take||Adell Baldwin|
|2008||Death Race||Machine Gun Joe|
|2009||Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen||Robert Epps|
|2011||Fast Five||Roman Pearce|
|2011||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||Robert Epps|
|2013||Fast & Furious 6||Roman Pearce|
|2014||Transformers 4||Robert Epps|
|2014||Fast & Furious 7||Roman Pearce|
|1996||Hangin' with Mr. Cooper||Darrell|
|1998||The Parent 'Hood||Coop|
|1999||MTV Beach House|
|2010||La La's Full Court Wedding||Himself|
|1999||Monica||"Angel of Mine"|
|2009||Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz||"I Can Transform Ya"|
|2010||Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé||"Telephone"|
- Black Movie Awards
- Black Reel Awards
- Grammy Awards
- 2013, Best R&B Album: "Open Invitation" (Nominated)
- 2004, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance: "How U Gonna Act Like That" (Nominated) (released December 17, 2002)
- 2000, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance: "Sweet Lady" (Nominated)
- Image Awards
- Literary Awards
- 2011, Best Writer, African-American Literary Award, Category: Self-Help, "How To Get Out of Your Own Way" (Nominated)
- Soul Train Awards
- 2012, Song of the Year: "Stay" (Award Recipient)
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- The Basics: Tyrese. Billboard. Retrieved on 2011-10-07.
- "Tyrese Gibson - Awards". IMDb. Retrieved August 13, 2011.
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