“Hey you, lady in pink, I see you,” said Trey Songz to a lady in front me. She passed out, got back up and passed out again. by Milton Howery III
Special to the Tri-State Defender
(Milton Howery III is the Black Entertainment Network (BET) marketing representative intern for Memphis.)
Bonafide R&B Superstar Trey Songz – Best Male R&B Artist at the 2010 BET Awards – had ladies passing out by just saying hello during his stop in Memphis with the Usher OMG Tour last week.
“Hey you, lady in pink, I see you,” said Songz to a lady in front me. She passed out, got back up and passed out again.
I had the opportunity to converse with Trey Songz, asking him a few questions.
Milton Howery III: So Trey Songz, this is your second or third time in Memphis this year. Has Memphis become a special place that you like to do concerts for?
“I don’t make resolutions, I set goals for each year; 2010 was an amazing year for me, but I’m not trying to duplicate it. I’m trying to do even greater things.” – Trey Songz (Photo by Warren Roseborough)
MHIII: So tell me, how did you end up teaming up with Usher for the OMG Tour?
TS: Usher and I first teamed up early last year when he got on the “Invented Sex” remix and we had been talking ever since. He’s such an amazing artist that really paved the way for people like me and other young R&B stars to progress in the way that we have and to experience a certain level of success. So when he came to me with the opportunity to tour with him I couldn’t pass it up. He’s reached icon status and to be able to tour with him was like a dream come true for me
MHIII: What do you normally do to prepare yourself for the tour?
TS: Of course there are extensive rehearsals that we do for each tour. This was my third tour of the year but each tour has a different feel and different type of audience. So my team and I had to really sit down and construct the best line-up of songs to give the audience the best possible experience. This tour is like an R&B powerhouse with me, Usher and Miguel but I wanted to bring my own style to the tour. I wanted to make the arena’s feel intimate for the audience during my set. So there were certain things we did to make sure that feel was achieved.
MHIII: So, you’re on tour with Usher and Miguel. Do you guys get the chance to hang out while you are all traveling city to city?
TS: We’re all really busy but we do see each other and chill sometimes. Before shows and sometimes at the after-parties we all are able to get together.
MHIII: What’s the craziest thing that has ever happened to you on tour?
TS: When I was on my headlining tour, I always gave a massage out during every show. So at one of the cities, I’m on stage asking, “Who wants one?” And I look up to my left and a girl is actually tight-roping across the lights to get my attention. She had jumped over the railing and onto the lights. It was crazy because she could have gotten really hurt, but I gave her a massage.
During the OMG tour, I was doing an in-store signing and everyone comes through the line and one young woman, I think she must have been about 24, came through and was really pregnant, looked like she was about to bust. So I put my hand on her stomach and wished her well with her pregnancy, said I hope everything goes well and God continues to bless you. She walked literally about five steps away from me and her water broke. The paramedics came and everything. This was the day before my birthday, so I think her child actually has my same birthday.
MHIII: You have received a lot recognition and praise and have become a visual staple in R&B music. What was your inspiration for your last album?
TS: Well, the title of my album “Passion, Pain, & Pleasure.”
MHIII: Is there anyone that you desire to work with that you have not had the chance to yet.
TS: I’ve always said that I really want that power R&B ballad, so I would love to work with Beyoncé.
MHIII: Are there special places you like to hang out or visit when you’re in Memphis?
TS: Man, I can’t tell you that. I have a couple spots that I like to go to and be low-key, no one really bothers me, but I can’t tell you. Memphis I love you.
MHIII: Have you had the chance to have some of Memphis’ famous BBQ, and if so, what restaurant?
TS: I move so fast on tour – arrive late night, visit radio all day, perform in the evening, and then head to the next city – that I rarely get a chance to experience the local cuisines. I have heard that A&R and Neely’s are good, and the next time I come through I would love for my fans to hit me with suggestions.
MHIII: What Memphis artist would you like to team up with – Three Six Mafia, KMichelle, Justin Timberlake, Yo Gotti, B.B. King, or Al Green?
TS: Memphis obviously produces some great artists, so I can’t narrow it down to one. I will say that I would have loved to be on Beale Street during the blues era. Imagine the music lesson you would get from just sitting and talking to the guys who were shaping music back then.
MHIII: Question for the ladies: Is Trey Songz single?
TS: I’m single baby. Trey Songz is very single.
MHIII: What’s in the works for Trey Songz in 2011? Any upcoming movies, new albums or new music?
TS: I had a studio bus during this tour, so I’ve been recording and I’m hoping to put out another album, so look out for that. I’ve got a couple of scripts that I’m looking at, but I want to make sure that when I do decide to do acting I really take the time to hone the craft and pay it the respect it deserves. So when the time is right, I’ll take that next step into acting.
MHIII: Is there anything you been dying to get off your chest? Is there anything Trey Songz wants to tell the world?
TS: To all my fans, whether you’ve been a fan since “Gotta Make It” or you just heard about me, know that I appreciate and love every single one of you and all that you do. Without you, there is no me. Special thank you to my Angels, Trey’s Angels, I love yall. They’re more than just a fan club, they did amazing things over the holidays through an initiative called “Angels with Heart.” So they’re making the community better at the same time.
MHIII: Last question: what is your New Year’s resolution?
TS: I don’t make resolutions, I set goals for each year; 2010 was an amazing year for me, but I’m not trying to duplicate it. I’m trying to do even greater things. It’s all in God’s hands and I pray that I’ll be able to appreciate all that he has in store for me.