Tremaine "Trey" Aldon Neverson better known by his stage name Trey Songz, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer and actor. Raised as a military brat in Petersburg, Virginia, Songz did not have aspirations to have a musical career as a child due to his shyness, saying "Singing wasn't a reality for me”. He recognized his vocal abilities at the age of 14. Reluctant to sing, he began performing with encouragement by friends and family in high school. He loved hip hop growing up, but the only R&B he could get into was R. Kelly. But when his friends heard his perfect tenor voice, they pushed Trey Songz to drop rap and start crooning. He did, and after winning numerous talent shows in Petersburg, VA, the 15-year-old singer during a talent show in 2000 met Troy Taylor, who had worked behind the scenes with Patti LaBelle, SWV, and B2K. Taylor encouraged Trey to finish high school, and then they could talk about a possible music career. After graduating from high school, Trey immediately moved to New Jersey to work with Taylor. Soon the singer was appearing on Kevin Lyttle's debut album and Trick Daddy's Thug Matrimony as a sideman as well as breaking out on his own with his solo cut, "About the Game," from the Coach Carter soundtrack. As he was working on his debut album -- and some collaborations with Lil' Kim, Trina, and Snoop Dogg -- he released some street-level mixtapes under his alias, the Prince of Virginia. Trey signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 2002 though recording didn't actually begin until 2003. While recording his debut album, one of the mixtapes under the alias Prince of Virginia featured an "answer track" to R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet", entitled "Open the Closet". The song gave Trey some notoriety. His debut album, I Gotta Make It was released on July 26, 2005. It debuted at #20 on the Billboard 200, selling 40,000 copies in its first week of sales. It has sold 300,000 records in the US, but was never certified by the RIAA. Songz's debut single, Gotta Make It, featuring Twista, was released in March 2005 and reached #87 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It garnered success in the R&B/urban community but failed to make a mark in mainstream music. The album's second and final single, Gotta Go, was released in July 2005 and reached #67 on the Hot 100 and #11 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming even more successful than his debut single in the R&B/urban community and in the mainstream community. After promotion for his debut concluded, he was featured on the lead single from Twista's fifth album, The Day After. The single, "Girl Tonite", reached #14 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart, becoming a huge hit. Trey’s second album, “Trey Day” was released in 2007. His third album, Ready was released in 2009.
Songz's fourth studio album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, was released on September 14, 2010. Trey began work on the album in early 2010 with Sean Garrett, Troy Taylor and Stargate and has stated that the album will be his most personal to date. The album was completed in July 2010. The album's lead single, "Bottoms Up", featuring female rapper Nicki Minaj, was released on July 27, 2010 and reached number twenty four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and was shared enough on Facebook to appear as a trending video on ItsTrending. Its video was filmed on July 31, 2010 pending release. Trey also filmed the video for the album's second single, "Can't Be Friends", on August 1, 2010. "Can't Be Friends" was released as the album's second single in August 2010. Songz embarked on the Passion, Pain & Pleasure Tour on August 6, 2010 with singer Monica. The tour was his first headlining tour to date and consists of shows in venues that seat 3,000 to 5,000 people. Songz also contributed the song "Already Taken" to the Step Up 3D soundtrack, which was released July 27, 2010. He filmed a video for the song, which was released in July 2010. The leading lady in the video is former girlfriend and professional dancer Helen Gedlu. Songz appeared at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards held September 12, 2010. Songz performed a BET Awards 2011 which broadcasted on June 26, 2011. In July 2011, he was cast in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D as Ryan, the male lead role. On August 18, 2011, it was announced Songz will be working on his fifth studio titled Chapter 5. In an interview Trey said the album, which will act as the follow-up to Passion, Pain & Pleasure, is said to be nearing completion. On his birthday, November 28, 2011, Songz released his Inevitable EP to prepare for the release of his album. Scheduled for February 2012, Songz will embark on his Anticipation 2our to promote his mixtape Anticipation 2 and to raise awareness of his new album.