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Ginuwine was one of R&B's preeminent love men during the '90s heyday of hip-hop soul. Initially teamed with Timbaland, the most innovative producer of the late '90s, Ginuwine's sultry, seductive crooning earned him a substantial female following and made him a regular presence on the R&B charts, even after the futuristic production he favored was eclipsed by the more organic, retro-leaning neo-soul movement.
Ginuwine was born in Washington, D.C., on October 15, 1975, with the unlikely name of Elgin Baylor Lumpkin (after D.C.-born Basketball Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor). As a youngster, Lumpkin's interest in music was ignited by Prince and Michael Jackson, especially the latter's legendary moonwalking performance on the Motown 25th anniversary special. At the mere age of 12, he began performing at parties and bars with the local hip-hop group the Finesse Five. He later worked as a Michael Jackson impressionist and sang with another local outfit, Physical Wonder; in the meantime, he earned a paralegal degree from a local community college, in case music didn't work out. In 1996, he adopted the name Ginuwine and was discovered by Jodeci. In New York, he met up with young producer Timbaland and cut the track "Pony," whose slow, halting groove and impassioned vocals helped Ginuwine land a deal with Sony's 550 Music imprint.
With the strikingly inventive Timbaland behind the boards, Ginuwine cut his debut album, Ginuwine...The Bachelor, and released it later in 1996. "Pony" became a number one R&B smash, also reaching number six on the pop charts, and the album became an eventual double-platinum hit. It spun off several more R&B hits over the next year, including "Tell Me Do U Wanna," "I'll Do Anything/I'm Sorry," "Holler," and "Only When Ur Lonely"; it also featured an homage to one of Ginuwine's main influences in the cover of Prince's "When Doves Cry." In the wake of the album's success, demand for Timbaland's production services exploded, and Ginuwine became a bona fide sex symbol. He toured heavily in support of The Bachelor, and kept his name in the public eye in 1998 with his hit "Same Ol' G," which was featured on the soundtrack to Eddie Murphy's Dr. Doolittle. Late that year, he also made his acting debut on an episode of the CBS series Martial Law.
Ginuwine returned with his second album, 100% Ginuwine, in early 1999. Again produced by Timbaland, it entered the pop charts at number five, gave rise to another significant crossover hit in "So Anxious," and went platinum. "What's So Different?" and "None of Ur Friends Business" were also successful on R&B radio, and there was another cover of a Ginuwine hero, this time Michael Jackson's "She's Out of My Life." He followed it in the spring of 2001 with The Life, despite having to endure the deaths of his father (who committed suicide) and mother (a victim of cancer) within the same year. It was his first album helmed by producers not named Timbaland. Nonetheless, it was another success, debuting at number three on the charts and once again going platinum. Moreover, the ballad "Differences" -- the second single released from the album, after "There It Is" -- became Ginuwine's biggest pop hit yet, climbing to number four later that year.
In 2002, Ginuwine made his feature film debut in the gender-bending basketball comedy Juwanna Mann, playing (what else?) a slick R&B singer. That summer, Ginuwine returned to the Top Ten courtesy of his duet with P. Diddy on "I Need a Girl, Pt. 2." Around the same time, in a somewhat bizarre incident, police captured a Minnesota man who'd been impersonating the singer for the past few years and bilking money from business contacts. Though he didn't achieve as much success on the singles charts, both The Senior (2003) and Back II da Basics (2005) reached the Top Five of the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Even an unauthorized bootleg, I Apologize, managed to make a minor impact in 2007. The singer then switched from the Sony family to a distribution deal with Warner Bros. A Man's Thoughts was released in 2009, topped the R&B albums chart, and featured a reunion with Timbaland on "Get Involved." The January 2011 single "Batteries" -- a club track on which he was joined by Trina -- preceded his seventh album, Elgin. He then linked up with Tank and Tyrese for Three Kings, released in 2013 under the name TGT.
Elgin Baylor Lumpkin (born October 15, 1970), better known by his stage name Ginuwine is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, rapper and actor.
Signed to Epic Records since the mid-1990s, Ginuwine had released a number of multi-platinum and platinum-selling albums and singles, becoming one of R&B's top artists during the late 1990s and early 2000s."Ginuwine profile". Randb.about.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. Huey, Steve. "Ginuwine - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
Ginuwine was born on October 15, 1970 in Washington, D.C. He is named after NBA legend Elgin Baylor, who is also a Washington native. In 1993, he graduated from Forestville High School (now known as Forestville Military Academy) in Forestville, Maryland and later graduated from Prince George's Community College in Largo, Maryland with a paralegal associate's degree.Cite error: The named reference Allmusic was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
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Leon Youngblood, manager of one of the vocalists featured on the album, told George Varga in an interview with the Union Tribune Newspaper that the album "was supposed to be billed as a 'Ginuwine Presents' album" " Youngblood stated "the album did very well, it's the first time I worked with anyone who cracked #50 on the Billboard charts, I'm very proud of that fact."
Ginuwine can be spotted in one of Jodeci's videos. He, later, sang the chorus on Danny Boy's "Slip N Slide". There, he met rapper Melissa "Missy" Elliott and producer Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley, who became his main collaborators through the 1990s. Ginuwine's first single, (written by Static Major) the 1996 "Pony" from Ginuwine...The Bachelor, showcased his smooth vocals and Timbaland's innovative production style, and the two became a hit-making duo. The song "Pony" was used in a "karaoke" scene from the film Wild Hogs in 2007 and again used in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV in 2008. Mike Patton and Rahzel together perform a cover of "Pony" during their concerts. Ginuwine covered Prince's "When Doves Cry" single from the movie soundtrack to Purple Rain.
After his second album, 100% Ginuwine, was released in 1999, Ginuwine and Timbaland grew apart. Producers such as R. Kelly have crafted hits for him since then. In 2001, Ginuwine had a number-four hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with the single "Differences", which also peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
Within a year, Ginuwine lost both of his parents. He later wrote and recorded a song which is featured on his third album The Life entitled "Two Reasons I Cry". In 2002, Ginuwine was a feature artist on P. Diddy's number-one hit "I Need a Girl (Part II)". Later that year, Ginuwine started his own label, Bag Entertainment. The label would feature artists such as Jose Cenquentez (who appeared on The Senior) and Knight.
Ginuwine's fifth album, Back II Da Basics, was released on November 15, 2005. The album debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200, selling close to 100,000 copies. Ginuwine stated on BET's Top 100 countdown that the album went Gold with sales of 500,000 copies.
In May 2007, an album entitled I Apologize was released in stores. Although attributed to Ginuwine, the release was an unauthorized album and included only three Ginuwine songs - apparently from stolen masters - and ten songs by other artists. Ginuwine spoke against the unofficial release on both his MySpace page and through YouTube. In 2007, Ginuwine collaborated with Canadian hip-hop artist Belly in the latter's debut solo song "Pressure", which was featured in Belly's debut album the Revolution, released in June 2007.
Ginuwine's sixth album entitled A Man's Thoughts, was released on June 23, 2009. The album was produced by The Underdogs, B Cox, Timbaland, The Runners, Johnta Austin, Oak and Polow Da Don. The album includes guests appearances from Brandy, Missy Elliott, Bun B and Timbaland. Ginuwine formed a group with Tank and Tyrese named TGT. Their first single was a remix of Tank's "Please Don't Go". They were supposed to tour but plans fell apart due to conflicting schedules.
Ginuwine announced on his Myspace Blog on August 21, 2008 that due to label and legal issues, they will not be able to release an official TGT album. Ginuwine is the founder and CEO of LoveSong Incorporated, after completing his contract with 550 Music/Epic. Ginuwine announced on his Myspace blog on August 21, 2008 that he signed a major label deal with Notifi Records/Warner Brothers.
Ginuwine introduced producer MELROG and rapper Young Knight a.k.a. Knightron on the Back 2 Da Basics album. Currently Knightron is working on his own album under Ginuwine's label BAG ENT. Ginuwine's seventh studio album Elgin was be released on Valentine's Day in 2011.
In 2007, Ginuwine teamed up with Tyrese, and Tank and formed an R&B group among themselves called TGT and have signed to Atlantic Records in 2012. Their Grammy nominated debut album Three Kings was released in 2013. The first single of the album "Sex Never Felt Better" was released on iTunes on February 14, 2013 for Valentine's Day.
Ginuwine was originally cast in the 2004 film You Got Served. Ultimately R&B artist Marques Houston was cast in his place. The writer of the movie kept Ginuwine's real name "Elgin" as the name for one of the lead characters. He also was cast as R&B singer "Romeo" in the film Juwanna Mann. He also appeared in three episodes of Moesha as Khalib, called "All This and Turkey, Too", "You Say He's Just A Friend", and "On the Rebound"
In February 2011, Ginuwine co-starred in the Gospel Music Channel's debut of John Ruffin's stage play The Ideal Husband which also stars Darrin Dewitt Henson, Jackée Harry, Clifton Powell, Shirley Murdock, Shanti Lowry and Erica Hubbard.
Ginuwine is a spokesman for the beverage Adult Chocolate Milk, a 40-proof vodka-based version of chocolate milk."The BillBoard 200". Billboard.biz. November 23, 2005. Ginuwine - I Apoligize (2007) on YouTube (February 26, 2007). "A Man's Thoughts: Ginuwine: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22. Bolden, Janeé (May 23, 2007). "SOHH Soulful: Tyrese, Ginuwine & Tank Form R&B Supergroup". SOHH.com. Archived from the original on July 7, 2007. "Ginuwine's Official Myspace". Retrieved 2008-08-23. "Rap-Up.com -- New Music: TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine, Tank) – ‘Sex Never Felt Better’". Rap-Up.com. "Ginuwine - This is RnB - Hot New R&B Music, R&B Videos, News, Photos". "Ginuwine's Hot Date Tips! First Impressions, Connecting and Romance After Marriage!". UrbLife.com. February 26, 2011. Hwang, Kellie (January 19, 2011). "Chocolate milk gets a grown-up twist with some vodka added". USA Today. January 3, 2011 (2011-01-03). "Ginuwine plays 'milkman' for new beverage, Adult Chocolate Milk". SoulCulture. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
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In the NBC series Parks and Recreation, character Donna Meagle is said to be Ginuwine's cousin. He appeared in the season six finale of the show "Moving Up" and again in the season 7 episode "Donna & Joe".
Ginuwine lost both his parents; his father committed suicide and his mother died of cancer less than a year later. Ginuwine struggled with grief and depression; he also thought of committing suicide. He received counseling from his pastor, which turned him to a more positive path.
Ginuwine is married to the American rapper Tonya M. Johnston better known by her stage name, Solé. Solé has daughters De'jan (March 9, 1992) and Cypress (January 9, 1995) from a previous relationship. Ginuwine met Solé in June 1999 and they began dating in October 1999. They were married on September 8, 2003 in Cayman Islands. They live in Maryland. They have two daughters together: Story (March 29, 2001) and Dream Sarae Lumpkin (November 1, 2002). He has a son Elgin, Jr. (January 30, 1991) from a previous relationship, as well as three other children by three different women. In February 2009, Ginuwine announced he has eight children.
In November 2014 he announced he and Solé had separated."Ginuwine Speaks On Music, Mental Health and His Suicide Attempts". Eartodastreetz.com. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-06-25. View Comments (2009-06-16). "I Was So Close To Ending My Life". Bossip.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. Garner, Joshua (April 22, 2010). "Genuine home-grown talent". Gazette.net. Post-Newsweek Media, Inc. Retrieved May 18, 2010. with his wife, Tonya Lumpkin, a former rapper known as Solé "Tonya M. Johnston on ASCAP". ASCAP. Retrieved 2009-04-14. "Sole-Me.com - Official Sole Website". Archived from the original on 2000-06-20. Retrieved 2009-04-14. Strictly Sole at the Wayback Machine (archived May 17, 2007) Bedard, Paul (2009-06-18). "Lives In MD Suburbs". Usnews.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. Sole/Ginuwine have daughter http://www.s2smagazine.com/content/content.asp?issueid=200306&listid=15 G tells Niki of Sister 2 Sister mag that his 2nd daughter was born on November 1 and that he has had a vasectomy "Ginuwine Tells S2S I have 4 Baby Mamas". S2smagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. "Ginuwine and Sole have eight kids together & from previous relationships". S2smagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. "FF to 17:14, DiamondKShow". Blogtalkradio.com. 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2012-10-23. http://s2smagazine.com/2014/11/17/ginuwine-addresses-divorce-rumors/