Produced on May 16, 1968, in Boston, Massachusetts, Ralph Tresvant was among the lead singers of the favorite five-member boy band New Edition, that has been formed in 1978. Tresvant was initially uncertain of a solo career, but after other members of the group garnered solo success, he did as well. His debut solo album, Sensitivity, started the hit singles “Do What I Gotta Do,” “Stone Cold Gentleman” as well as the title tune.
Produced in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts, on May 16, 1968, Ralph Edward Tresvant Jr. grew up loving music with his older sister LaTonya and smaller brother Andre. They were seen with a local up and coming producer and songwriter, Maurice Starr, who wished to make a “newer version” of the pop act The Jackson 5. The record was a successful launching pad for the group, spawning the teen-oriented hit singles “Popcorn Love,” “Is This the End” as well as the title track.
Following a dispute over cash, New Edition left Starr’s direction and record label and signed with major label MCA Records, which released the group’s self titled second album. Tresvant’s easy, approachable sung style had become a signature for the group, as well as the hits continued, for example, Top Five smash single “Cool It Now.”
Quiet and shy, Tresvant was initially apprehensive concerning the thought of recording a solo endeavor. His 1990 debut solo album, Sensitivity, was launched in 1990 as well as the title track spent 20 weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. R&B Singles chart. The record also contained the hit singles “Do What I Gotta Do” and “Stone Cold Gentleman.”
He made a cameo appearance in the most popular urban comedy House Party 2.
Tresvant wed his childhood love, Shelly, in 1993; they got two daughters, Na’Quelle and Mariah. In 2004, he wed his second wife, Amber Serrano.