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, Rizzo
Born (1968-05-16) May 16, 1968 (age 48)
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 Jr. (born May 16, 1968) is an American contemporary 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). 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. When some junior high school friends got the idea to put a group together, Tresvant and four others—Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins—started performing at local talent shows. They were spotted by a local up-and-coming producer and songwriter, Maurice Starr, who wanted to create a "newer edition" of the pop act The Jackson 5. Starr named the group New Edition and signed them to his independent Streetwise Records label, releasing their debut album, Candy Girl, in 1983. 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. 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. His 1990 debut solo album, Sensitivity, was released in 1990 and the title track spent 20 weeks 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."

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.

Personal Life[edit]

Tresvant married his childhood sweetheart, Shelly, in 1993; they have two daughters, Na'Quelle and Mariah. In 2004, he married his second wife, Amber Serrano.


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