Chart Performance: Pop (#12) & R&B (#9); 1999
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
For Tyrese, success in modeling and advertising opened the door to music. Growing up in the crime-ridden Watts section of Los Angeles, Tyrese fought to survive physically and mentally. With talent and focus, he began winning talent shows at 14. He made his national mark as a boy singing on a bus in a commercial for Coca-Cola, an opportunity he almost missed by showing up two-and-and-half hours late to the audition. Tyrese fell back on his fierce determination, persuading the casting gang to let him show his stuff anyway. After the ad aired, the girls were checking out this 17 year old, six-foot-plus tall hunk, as were the record companies. Naturally, a deal followed, as did more commercials (Tommy Hifiger, Guess?), television appearances (“Martin,” “Moesha”), music videos (Usher, Monica), and movie roles (“2 Fast 2 Furious). Along the way the hard-working Tyrese found time for recording, including his first Top 10 R&B hit, Sweet Lady.
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Lyrics Written by:
- Johntá AustinCharles FarrarTroy Taylor