Trey Songz Gives Back During “Angels With Heart” Concert
Success in the music industry doesn’t come easy for anyone – it takes an immense amount of hard work and dedication in hopes of landing a promising career. Over the past 25 years, I’ve seen many R&B acts attempt to achieve a certain level of stardom and quickly fall off. Some artists dwindle away and eventually give up (Remember Omarion and Pleasure P?), while others continuously go hard at conquering mainstream America. Trey Songz is the perfect example.
Songz has had a difficult start since his humble beginnings in 2003 – back then, Atlantic Records didn’t know what direction to go with his music and as result, his debut wasn’t released until two years after his first deal. When the album finally arrived, fans were so disconnected with Trey’s raw talent that we couldn’t decide whether he was a singer trying to be a rapper or vice versa. More importantly, his rugged image at the time, didn’t affect any sense of cool. And though I Gotta Make It received positive feedback, it failed to make an impact. Two years later, the ‘Prince Of VA’ re-appeared with his “just gotta make it” mentality to release his sophomore effort, Trey Day. Met with mixed reviews, the 2007 follow-up also failed to impact. But all of Tremaine’s shortcomings weren’t because of a lack of talent; it just took Neverson a minute to find himself as an artist.
Thankfully, when Ready hit stores in 2009, Trey gained the notoriety he deserved by lyrically hushing all critics who questioned his abilities. Not only did Trigga’s third album spawn two platinum singles, it also gave the singer his first RIAA certification. Now with all the highs, lows, comments regarding his sexuality and constant comparisons to R. Kelly, I’d expect Tremaine to walk around feeling salty – despite all the cockiness he displays on his recent records. However, underneath his wannabe tough guy persona, lies a ladies man with a big smile and an even bigger heart.
The Petersburg, Virginia native teamed up with New York’s HOT 97 radio station on November 25, for a special one night only Thanksgiving Charity Concert, at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The show benefited Trey’s ‘Angels With Heart’ organization, which is a worldwide movement that started as a call to arms, to engage his fan club to give back and have a positive impact in their neighborhoods through community service, supporting local charities and random acts of kindness.
At 8:55 p.m., a large screen suspended above the stage displayed a timer between two wings, and Angels With Heart Foundation inscribed below it. As the heart above the timer began to pulsate, Songz appeared in a black velvet tux featuring red piping. Beginning the show in his signature falsetto pitch, Mr. Steal Yo’ Girl proceeded to entertain thousands of loud screams from ‘angels’ across the tri-state.
Ripping through songs from his mixtapes Anticipation 1 and 2, he took a minute to explain to the audience that they were in for a special occasion. “This is something bigger than myself,” he said. “I realized I have the power to impact lives, and its time to send that love back into the world. Every dollar made from tonight’s show will go to my foundation”. Songs like Neighbors Know My Name, Love Faces, and I Invented Sex, set the tone for his adult-like atmosphere (despite the 3,900+ teeny boppers in attendance). As he attempted to sing his part on the The Way You Move, out walked Ne-Yo and together they finished the song, while feeding off of each other’s energy.
The crowd obviously wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Ne-Yo so he performed two more songs including One in a Million along with his verse on Pitbull’s smash hit Give Me Everything before exiting. Trigga then returned to continue performing which included another added surprise. Because Neverson’s die-hard fans knew he would be celebrating his 27th birthday on November 28, one woman came prepared to celebrate. Trey invited her on stage and opened her fairly expensive gift - a Gucci money clip. In return, Mr. Yuuup gave her his snapback and a towel to wipe the sweat from his forehead, neck and torso. I don’t know about you, but if I spent $165 on a man, (concert tickets not included) he’d better expect to Say Aah when we get home.
Shortly after, the show came to a close with cell phones waving in the air, as a choir entered the stage to assist Songz with On Top Of The World, off his Inevitable EP. Before leaving, Trey explained the idea behind creating his charitable organization stating: “I get to see people all around the world that love my music, but don’t have shoes to wear”. Suddenly, out walks momma Songz who placed a black shirt with angel wings over his shoulder, leaving him emotional. “Give it up for the woman who made this possible, ya’ll have no idea what I’ve been through.”
Finally he took his mother by the hand and descended into the smoke with his last words, “momma we did it.”
Written by Ru Porter on 11/28/11
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