Ralph Tresvant

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This article is about the singer. For the singer's eponymous debut album, see Ralph Tresvant (album).
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 48)
Origin Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States
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 Jr. (born May 16, 1968) is an American R&B singer best known as one of the lead singers of R&B/pop group New Edition. As a solo artist, Tresvant released the album Ralph Tresvant, 1990.


Early Life[edit]

Ralph Tresvant was born on May 16, 1968 in Roxbury, Massachusetts to Patricia and Ralph, Sr. He has an older sister named LaTonya and a younger brother named Andre. Ralph married his childhood sweetheart Shelly in 1993. They have two girls Na'Quelle and Mariah. While in junior high school, Ralph and some friends named Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, and Michael Bivins formed a music group called New Edition. They were discovered at a talent show by Maurice Starr who signed them to Streetwise Records in 1983. The album had hits such as "Candy Girl", "Popcorn Love" and "Is This the End". In 1984, they left Streetwise and came to MCA Records. Their second album, "New Edition", also had many hits like "Cool It Now", "Mr. Telephone Man", and "Lost in Love". In 1985, they released "All For Love", which had hits such as "Count Me Out" and "A Little Bit Of Love (Is All It Takes)". 1987, when Bobby Brown left the group, Johnny Gill replaced him. Gill gave New Edition's music more Adult Contemporary style. They're album "Heart Break" went to the top with hits like "If It Isn't Love", "Can You Stand the Rain", "Boys To Men", and others. In 1990, the guys went solo as Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, Bell Biv DeVoe, and Ralph Tresvant. Ralph's first album "Ralph Tresvant" went platinum and had hits such as "Sensitivity", which was #1 on the R&B charts for 20 weeks and number #4 on the Pop charts for 20 weeks, "Do What I Gotta Do" and "Stone Cold Gentleman" which featured Bobby Brown. Ralph also made an appearance in the popular movie "House Party 2". He sang a song on the soundtrack called "Yo, Baby, Yo!" He also has been on soundtracks such as "Mo' Money", on which his song "Money Can't Buy You Love" was on, and was featured on the song "Somebody Bigger Than You And I" on "The Preacher's Wife". In 1993, Ralph released another album called "It's Goin' Down". The album didn't do as well as the first, though. Then, in 1996, New Edition released their first album with all six members- Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph, and Johnny. Some hits on this album were "Hit Me Off" and "I'm Still in Love with You". They went on the New Edition Reunion Tour, which had two parts. One part of it was from December to about February and the second part, without Brown and Bivins, was from June to July Bobby Brown recently quit the group saying that he hates them and will never work with them again. New Edition is going solo again. This time with Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, and Bell Biv DeVoe. Bivins, is working on his company Biv 10.

Heads of State[edit]

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


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

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
1991 "Word to the Mutha!"
(Bell Biv DeVoe featuring Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill)
WBBD-Bootcity!: The Remix Album
(Bell Biv DeVoe album)
1992 "The Best Things in Life Are Free"
(Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson featuring Bell Biv DeVoe and Ralph Tresvant)
10 6 6 36 Mo' Money soundtrack
2015 "Old Thing Back"
(Matoma and The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Ja Rule and Ralph Tresvant)
74 2 25 11 non-album single

Music videos[edit]

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



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