Ralph Tresvant

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Ralph Tresvant
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Ralph Tresvant at the 2008 BET Awards
Background information
Birth name Ralph Edward Tresvant Jr.
Also known as Rizz, Rizzo
Born (1968-05-16) May 16, 1968 (age 49)
Origin Roxbury, Massachusetts, US
Genres R&B, new jack swing
Occupation(s) Singer, actor, producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1980–present
Labels Xzault Media Group
MCA Records
Geffen Records
Interscope Records
Associated acts New Edition, Heads of State
Website Official website

Ralph Edward Tresvant Sr. (born May 16, 1968), also known as Rizz and Rizzo, is an American contemporary R&B singer best known as the lead singer of R&B/pop group New Edition.[1][2] As a solo artist, Tresvant released the album Ralph Tresvant (1990).[3] In 2008, he began touring with Bobby Brown and Johnny Gill in a new group named Heads of State.

Early life[edit]

Born in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts, on May 16, 1968, Ralph Edward Tresvant Jr. grew up enjoying music with his older sister LaTonya and younger brother Andre. Tresvant is the son of Patricia and Ralph Edward Tresvant, Sr.. When some junior high school friends got the idea to put a group together, Tresvant and three others- Bobby Brown, Rickey Bell and Michael Bivins—started performing at local talent shows. They were spotted by a local up-and-coming producer and songwriter, Brooke Payne, a local manager and choreographer, who encountered the boys at a local talent show in Roxbury. After an audition for Payne, he gave them the name New Edition to signify they were a new edition of the Jackson 5. Maurice Starr, who wanted to create a "newer edition" of the pop act The Jackson 5, signed them to his independent Streetwise Records label and a fifth member, Ronnie DeVoe (Brook Payne's nephew), was added to the group. Releasing their debut album, Candy Girl, in 1983.[4] The album was a successful launching pad for the group, spawning the teen-oriented hit singles "Popcorn Love," "Is This the End" and the title track.


After a dispute over money, New Edition left Starr's management and record label and signed with major label MCA Records, which released the group's self-titled second album. Tresvant's smooth, approachable vocal style had become a signature for the group, and the hits continued, including the Top Five smash single "Cool It Now."

Quiet and shy, Tresvant was initially apprehensive about the idea of recording a solo project.[5] However, after witnessing the huge success of Bobby Brown's solo albums and of Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins' Bell Biv Devoe side project, Tresvant eventually relented.[6] His self-title debut was released in 1990.[4] The lead single "Sensitivity" spent 20 weeks including one week at No. 1 on the U.S. R&B Singles chart. The album also included the hit singles "Do What I Gotta Do" and "Stone Cold Gentleman", the latter of which features guest vocals from former band member Bobby Brown.

Tresvant's vocals were also featured on songs on the soundtracks for the films Mo' Money ("Money Can't Buy You Love") and The Preacher's Wife ("Somebody Bigger Than You and I"). He made a cameo appearance in the popular urban comedy House Party 2.

Tresvant is a DJ on The BASS of Boston WZBR 1410 AM. The show “Inside the Ride with Ralph Tresvant” premiered on Monday, September 4, 2016 and airs weekdays from 4:00 – 7:00 PM EST.

Personal life[edit]

Tresvant married his childhood sweetheart, Shelly, in 1993; they have two daughters, Na'Quelle and Mariah and a son, Ralph, Jr. In 2004, he married his second wife, Amber Serrano with whom he has a son, Dakari.


New Edition



  1. ^ King, Aliya S. "Remember When Ralph Tresvant Went Solo?". Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Bobby Brown's Uneasy Passage". Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Ralph Tresvant - Biography - Billboard". Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  4. ^ a b HUNT, DENNIS (6 January 1991). "POP MUSIC : Has Success Killed New Edition? : Group members say there'll be a reunion album, but their red-hot solo careers make others doubt it". Retrieved 6 March 2017 – via LA Times. 
  5. ^ HUNT, DENNIS (6 January 1991). "POP MUSIC : Has Success Killed New Edition? : Group members say there'll be a reunion album, but their red-hot solo careers make others doubt it". Retrieved 6 March 2017 – via LA Times. 
  6. ^ JOHNSON, CONNIE (23 December 1990). "Tresvant Could Come On Stronger : 1/2 RALPH TRESVANT "Ralph Tresvant" MCA". Retrieved 6 March 2017 – via LA Times. 

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