Tank (American singer)

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Tank in 2014
Background information
Birth name Durrell Babbs
Also known as The General
Born (1976-01-01) January 1, 1976 (age 41)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Origin Washington, D.C., U.S.
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts
Website www.TheRealTank.com

Durrell Babbs (born January 1, 1976),[1] better known by his stage name Tank, is an American R&B singer-songwriter and producer.

Early life[edit]

Tank was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin[2] and moved with his family as a child to Washington, D.C.. He was a multisport athlete at Crossland High School and was offered the opportunity to play college football.[1] However, Tank decided to focus on music and his talent eventually led him to an opportunity to sing background vocals for Ginuwine during one of Ginuwine's tours.[1]

Music career[edit]

In 2001, following Ginuwine's successful tour, Tank released his debut album Force of Nature which spawned the top 40 single "Maybe I Deserve".[3][4] In 2002, Tank released his second album One Man and a single of the same name.[5]

Tank released his third solo album entitled Sex, Love & Pain in May 2007.[6] The lead single of the album was "Please Don't Go", which peaked at number 42 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[4] Later in the year Tank, Ginuwine and Tyrese Gibson formed a group called TGT.[7] The group was put on hold due to contractual issues, but would go on to sign a contract with Atlantic Records in September 2012.[8]

Tank released his fourth studio album, Now or Never, in December 2010.[9] Tank collaborated with artists who included Chris Brown, Drake, Letoya Luckett on this project.[10] The singles were "Sex Music", "I Can't Make You Love Me", and "Emergency".[10]

Tank released his fifth studio album entitled This Is How I Feel in May 2012.[11] Tank collaborated with the artists Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, T.I. and Kris Stephens on the album.[11] The song "Compliments", featuring Kris Stephens and T.I., was released as the lead single in October 2011.[12]

On September 14, 2013, Tank sang the U.S. national anthem before the Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl Álvarez fight in Las Vegas, Nevada.[13]

Other ventures[edit]

Writing and producing[edit]

Tank's songwriting and production credits include working with Aaliyah, Beyoncé, Dave Hollister, Kelly Rowland, Marques Houston, Omarion, Jamie Foxx, Pitbull, Donell Jones and Monica[2] as a member of the production team The Underdogs and with his own team, Song Dynasty.


He was a contributor to the score of the film adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls, in which he had a cameo. He was also featured in the movie Preacher's Kid.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Tank is the father of five children: Jordan, Ryen, Zoey, Durrell Jr., and Zion.[15]


Main article: Tank discography
Solo albums
Collaborative albums

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
2008 Sex, Love & Pain Best R&B Album Nominated [16]
"Please Don't Go" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
2011 "Take My Time" (with Chris Brown) Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated [17]

Soul Train Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
2014 Himself Best R&B/Soul Male Artist Nominated [18]


  1. ^ a b c Nero, Mark Edward. "Tank: Bodybuilding R&B Singer". about.com. About Entertainment. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Tank Bio". mtv.com. MTV. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Force Of Nature by Tank". iTunes. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Tank - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ "One Man - Tank". Allmusic. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Sex Love & Pain - Tank". Allmusic. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ "R&B Supergroup TGT Splits Up". Billboard. December 19, 2015. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank Make TGT Group Official". Rap-Up. October 4, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Now or Never - Tank". Allmusic. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Now or Never (Deluxe Version) by Tank". iTunes. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "This Is How I Feel (Deluxe Version) by Tank". iTunes. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Tank 'This Is How I Feel' LP: Singer 'Believes In' Chris Brown, Talks Busta Rhymes' 'Fire Alarm' Phone Call". The Boombox. April 25, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Watch: Tank Sings National Anthem at Mayweather vs Canelo Fight". Vibe. September 15, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  14. ^ "SR Gospel: LeToya, Tank Preacher's Kid In Theaters, Plus BMI Trailblazers". Singersroom.com. January 9, 2010. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  15. ^ Tank (2015-06-20). "Father's Day Exclusive: Tank Pens Heartfelt Letters To His Five Kids". Essence.com. Retrieved 2016-11-02. 
  16. ^ "2008 Grammy Award Winners and Nominees". The New York Times. February 9, 2008. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Grammy Awards 2011: Winners and nominees for 53rd Grammy Awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations". Billboard. October 13, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 

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