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Interview:
Trey Songz puts on his best love face
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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Trey Songz is all about sharing the love on his five-date Love Faces Tour, which rolls into town this weekend.

“We’re actually putting a new show together,” says the Virginia-born singer (real name Tremaine Neverson), who lit up Joe Louis Arena in December with his opening set for Usher. “I want it to be very special for this Valentine’s Day holiday. I want women and I want couples. ... I want everybody to just have an amazing Valentine’s Day weekend with me. I’m really excited about it.”

Songz, 26, has quite a bit to be excited about these days, anyway. He’s riding a wave of success with his fourth album, “Passion, Pain & Pleasure,” which came out in September and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 (and No. 1 on the R&B chart). It’s already gone gold and has spawned the hits “Bottoms Up,” “Can’t Be Friends” and “Love Faces.”

And, Songz says, it’s also solidified his stature in the music world.

“I think it’s definitely been a gradual build to where we are right now,” says Songz, whose first album came out in 2005. “I’ve worked very hard to get where I am. I think the song connections have started getting a little strong; I’ve been blessed to have a lot of hits within the last two, three years, so I went from being a song you hear on the radio to being an artist you hear on the radio.”

We’ll be hearing more in the near future if he has his way, too. “I want to release an album this year,” says Songz, who’s now based in Atlanta, and he’s already “starting in the studio,” although it’s too early to talk about where the music is headed yet.

“I’m not pressed or in a rush to make an album right now,” he notes, “but I always have a need to make music.”



Trey Songz and Lloyd perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit. Tickets are sold out. Call 313-237-7464 or visit www.motopera.com.



Web Site: www.motopera.com

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