Ralph Edward Tresvant was born in Boston in 1968 and raised with an older sister and younger brother in Orchard Park Projects. He is the lead singer of the group Rhythm and Blues New Edition, and has also released a few solo albums. He started his school career at an early age, singing with friends from the age of ten.
High school friends
In high school, at one of the local talent shows he entered with childhood friends, he was seen by songwriter Brooke Payne, who was just starting to make a name for herself. It was he who gave the four friends Ralph, Bobby Brown, Rickey Bell and Michael Bivins, the name New Edition. With this name, he wanted to convey the idea that this group could be a new edition of the Jackson Five. This description allowed the group to be signed up by Maurice Starr who was looking for a new pop act based on the Jackson Five, and their songs were to appear on his independent label Streetwise Records. A fifth person, Ronnie DeVoe, has been added to the group. The debut album by this exciting new band New Edition was released in 1983. Candy Girl was a big hit for the band, and Popcorn Love and Is This The End followed. While the teens thronged in the 80s, the four friends could leave Boston housing projects.
Today, due to New Edition’s successful singing career, numerous singles, and 2008 touring initiative with the Head of State group alongside Johnny Gill and Bobby Brown, Ralph’s popularity has grown significantly. and his net worth is now around eight million dollars.
Successful solo career
All of the band members had their own solo reaching number one on the charts, and Ralph Tresvant was the last to release a song on his own. Bobby Brown had sung Girlfriend, and Bell, Bivins and DeVoe had combined with the song Poison. New Edition as a group had also had four number one songs, so Ralph Tresvant had certainly had some good hits to compete with. In a way, it was an advantage for him, because he could see what the fans were waiting for and what they would like. Tresvant is normally an introverted character, and was a little nervous about going public with a solo effort, but his song Sensitivity, sold over a million copies and remained in the top ten of United States of R&B for weeks.
Movies and radio show
After arguments over money, New Edition left Starr’s label and signed up with frontman MCA Records. New Edition’s second album was released and the success continued with the song Cool It Now. Tresvant’s flowing singing style had become a recognized asset for the group. He’s also been invited to sing numbers on the Mo ‘Money and The Preacher’s Wife soundtracks, and even made a short film debut by appearing in the comedy House Party 2.
Today, Ralph Tresvant hosts a radio show in Boston, combining R&B with other categories of music like soul and hip hop. He’s a generous man and started his radio show with a charity campaign.