The-Dream sure is living his. Born Terius Youngdell Nash and raised in Atlanta's notoriously rough Bankhead neighborhood, The-Dream wanted to be a singer from an early age. Though his natural talent was obvious - The-Dream learned to play virtually every instrument in his high school marching band, as well as the piano - his grandfather, who raised him, wanted Nash to avoid a musical career and instead go to college and become a lawyer or a doctor. Sensing music as his calling, The-Dream decided to forgo a college education and instead immersed himself in the music industry, joining a local singing group called Guess Who straight out of high school.Backed by local rapper Raheem, Guess Who failed to make it big and the group dissolved within a few years. Working a number of odd jobs (among them fry cook and repo man) by day just to pay rent, The-Dream decided to withdraw from performing and instead began to focus on songwriting and production. After spending a number of years working behind the scenes with local artists, he scored his first big hit in 2003 when he penned B2K's hit single "Everything". The song landed him a writing gig with Peer Music, who flew him to New York City where he began to work with bigger and bigger stars, among them Nivea (who he was married to for a time), Britney Spears, and Madonna. By 2007 everyone in the United States had heard The-Dream's work, even if they hadn't heard of him. He secured a writing deal with L.A. Reid's Def Jam Records, where he penned J. Holiday's hit "Bed" and Rihanna's international sensation "Umbrella", as well as a number of tracks for the likes of Jesse McCartney, Usher, and Ciara. After proving himself to be one of the biggest hitmakers of 2007, The-Dream got the green light from Def Jam to begin recording his own solo album, Love Me All Summer, Hate Me All Winter. The album's long title (often shortened to just Love Hate) comes from The-Dream's perceptive analysis of the dog-eat-dog music industry - everybody loves you when you're popular but they love to rag on you when you're out cold. Inspired by 80's pop and electronica music, Love Hate proved to be a breakout success when it was released in late 2007 after just 12 days of recording, moving well over 400,000 copies over the next six months. Love Hate produced two singles in 2007 ("Shawty is a 10" and "Falsetto"), while a third ("I Luv Your Girl (remix)", featuring ATL legend Young Jeezy) was released in early 2008. The buzz generated by Love Hate nabbed The-Dream the trophy for Best New Artist at the 2008 BET Awards, a great achievement for a up an coming artist, although The-Dream isn't exactly new to the game - he's been around the whole time, you just didn't know about it.
Terius Youngdell Nash (born June 14, 1981), better known by his pen name The-Dream, is an American R&B and pop singer-songwriter and record producer.
The-Dream: Terius Youngdell Nash (born June 14, 1978 in Rockingham, North Carolina), better known by his stage name The-Dream, is is a Grammy Award winning American R&B singer-songwriter, producer and Executive Vice President of Island Def Jam Records. In 2007 he released his debut album Love/Hate which spawned three top 20 singles. In 2009 he released his second album, Love vs. Money , which reached #2 on the Billboard 200 and features guest appearances from artists such as Kanye West. In June 2010, his third album, Love King, was released. It peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200.
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Terius Youngdell Nash (born June 14, 1981), better known by his stage name The-Dream, is an American R&B and pop singer-songwriter and record producer. He was born in Rockingham, North Carolina, and raised by his mother Reva Nash until her death at age 35. The-Dream moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he was raised by his grandfather.
The-Dream met R&B producer Laney Stewart in 2001, who helped him sign a publishing deal. He spent two years working on Nivea's second album Complicated, and continued to write and produce with Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Laney's brother. Together, The-Dream and Tricky produced Rihanna's 2007 hit "Umbrella" and Beyoncé's smash hit, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", which boosted The-Dream's music career. He signed a deal with Def Jam Records in 2007, and released his debut studio album Love Hate later that year. In March 2009, The-Dream released his sophomore album Love vs. Money. In June 2010, The-Dream released his third album titled Love King, and is currently working on his fourth album titled Love/Affair, which is targeted for a 2011 release.