Tyrese Darnell Gibson (born December 30, 1978), also known simply as Tyrese, is an American Grammy nominated R&B singer-songwriter, rapper, actor, author, television producer, former fashion model and MTV VJ. After releasing several albums, he transitioned into films, with lead roles in several major Hollywood releases. Early life edit: Gibson grew up in the Watts district of Los Angeles, California. His mother, Priscilla Murray Gibson (née Durham), raised him and his three older siblings as a single parent after Gibson's father, Tyrone Gibson, left. Music career edit: Music beginnings edit: Gibson's career began when he was discovered on a bus. An appearance in a 1994 Coca-Cola advertisement, singing the phrase "Always Coca-Cola", led to bigger fame. It led him to other appearances for "Guess?" also Tommy Hilfiger. After developing a successful modeling career, Tyrese could not push aside his wish to develop a career in the music industry, a goal he had aimed to achieve since he started singing at the age of 14. 1998-99: Tyrese edit: In early 1998, Tyrese was signed as a artist to early RCA Records. Afterwards, he released his debut single "Nobody Else". It quickly rose through the Billboard Hot 100 charts peaking at #36. On September 29, 1998, he released his self-titled album Tyrese. It debuted on the Billboard charts at #17. Afterwards, he released the second single from the album "Lately". It made it to #56 on the Billboard charts. Then, the album's third single & highest charting single "Sweet Lady" became the album's biggest hit, reaching #9 on the R&B charts. The single earned Tyrese a Grammy award for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance at the awards ceremony. The album eventually went on to be certified Platinum. Tyrese along with singers Ginuwine, RL of Next & Case were featured on the soundtrack of the The Best Man on the single "The Best Man I Can Be". 2001: 2000 Watts edit: On May 22, 2001, Tyrese released his second studio album 2000 Watts. The first single off the album was "I Like Them Girls" it charted on the U.S. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #15. The album went to be certified Gold selling over 500,000 copies. The third single off the album "Just A Baby Boy" with Snoop Dogg & Mr. Tan was featured on the soundtrack to his major acting debut film Baby Boy. 2002-03: I Wanna Go There edit: After RCA records was disbanded Tyrese went on to sign to J Records. There he released his third studio album I Wanna Go There on December 10, 2002. His first single from the album & arguably his most successful single to date "How You Gonna Act Like That" debuted on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts at #7. 2006-07: Alter Ego edit: On December 12, 2006, Tyrese released his fourth studio album Alter Ego, it was Tyrese first double disc album. It was also his first album in which he debuts his rapping persona. The first single off the album was "One" debuting on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts at #26. The album itself is considered Tyrese's lowest selling album to date. In 2007, Tyrese, Ginuwine & Tank founded TGT. 2011-12: Open Invitation edit: After taking time from music to focus on his family & his highly successful acting career, Tyrese decided it was time to returned to his first love. In 2011, he signed himself & his newly founded label Voltron Recordz to EMI and announced he was working on a new album entitled Open Invitation. On August 16, 2011, Tyrese released the lead single "Stay". It peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #11. The second single "Too Easy" featured fellow actor & friend Ludacris. It peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #38. The third single "Nothing On You" peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #61, the music video for the single featured fellow actor & friend Taraji P. Henson. "Open Invitation" was released on November 1, 2011. It debuted on the US Billboard charts at #9 it sold 130,000 copies the first week & has went on to sell over 400,000 copies. In 2013, the album earned Tyrese his third Grammy nomination at the 2013 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album. 2013:-present: TGT & Black Rose edit: In early 2013, it was announced & confirmed after much speculation, Tyrese, Ginuwine, & Tank are going to release their debut collaboration album and it will be distributed by Atlantic Records. On April 10, 2013, Tyrese announced that he is working on a new album entitled Black Rose, stated to release some time in 2014. Acting career edit: As an actor, he rose to prominence when he starred in John Singleton's Baby Boy in 2001, which Singleton has confirmed as a prequel of Boyz n the Hood, in which he wrote and directed 10 years earlier in 1991. Tupac Shakur was originally chosen to play the character of Joseph "Jody" Summers, but the role landed into Gibson's hands after Tupac's death. Baby Boy co-starred Taraji P. Henson and Snoop Dogg and it became a blockbuster hit. The film lead Gibson into doing two more films with Singleton in 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) alongside Paul Walker and Eva Mendes, and Four Brothers (2005), with Mark Wahlberg, André Benjamin (Andre 3000), and Garrett Hedlund. Both films were box-office hits in the summers of 2003 and 2005 respectively. Gibson went on to act in Waist Deep in 2006, starring Meagan Good. In 2007, he co-starred with the ensemble cast of Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Megan Fox, Anthony Anderson and Jon Voight in Transformers. It was a blockbuster smash that led to two more successful sequels; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), playing his role of USAF Master Sergeant Robert Epps. In 2008, he co-starred opposite Jason Statham in Death Race, and then Legion in 2010. In 2011, he reprised his role of Roman Pearce in Fast Five, and will reprise the role in the upcoming 2013 film Fast and Furious 6. Other ventures edit: Modeling edit: In late 1990, Tyrese made his modeling debut on a number of popular fashion magazines. Author & writing edit: On May 8, 2012, Tyrese released his first novel entitled "How to Get Out of Your Own Way". It went on to be a New York Times best seller. On February 5, 2013, Tyrese released his second novel along with close personal friend Rev. Run entitled "Manology: Secrets of Your Man's Mind Revealed", which it also went on to be a New York Times best seller. In 2013, Tyrese announced that he was working on a third novel entitled "Black Rose".