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Interview:
Trey Songz gets bigger, better with "Chapter V"
 

By GARY GRAFF
For Journal Register Newspapers

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Trey Songz says size matters -- especially when it comes to putting on a live show.

That's why the Virginia-born R&B singer -- promoting his latest album, "Chapter V" -- calls his current road trek "the best show I've actually put together."

"I have a horn section now," notes Songz, 27 (real name Tremaine Neverson). "I would look at these Marvin Gaye DVDs, and his horn section was incredible. It added such a vibe to the music. I also watched Aretha Franklin perform at the Essence Music Festival, and she had, like, a 50-piece live band, bro. That was so inspiring to me.

"So I wanted to add aspects to the show that...would give so much color to he music that people already love, just different colors and details. It's amazing to me to be at this point in my career where I can do these things."

"Chapter V" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 when it was released in August and has launched the singles "Heart Attack," "2 Reasons," "Simply Amazing" and, most recently, "Fumble." But it's not the only big project on Songz's docket these days; he's also co-starring in "Texas Chainsaw 3D," a sequel to the 1974 slasher film that opens Jan. 4 and brings a group of twentysomethings back to the scene of the original crime in Newt, Texas.

"There's a lot of blood everywhere," says Songz, who's also been cast in the film "Baggage Claim" alongside Paula Patton, Adam Brody and Taye Diggs. "It was a great experience seeing how things come together. I'm a big fan of horror, and to see it come to live was like, 'Wow!'

"John Luessenhop is a great director, and it was a great time, shooting. It was hot as hell, but it's a time in my life I'll never forget. It was very much fun, and I'll look forward to people seeing it."

Trey Songz, Miguel and Elle Varner perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $48.50-$105. Call 313-471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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