Ralph Edward Tresvant, a new Jack Swing R&B singer, was born on May 16, 1968, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Patricia Tresvant and Ralph Hall. He and his siblings, Andre and LaTonya, grew up in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood. Tresvant and his friends Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, and Michael Bivins from Jeremiah Burke High School gathered as teenagers to perform at local talent shows. They later changed their name to New Edition, with Tresvant as the lead singer. He was also the last member of the group to release solo material.
Ralph Tresvant, his self-titled debut album, was released in 1990. It charted in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 and sold over a million copies. Tresvant and Shelly Jean from Roxbury married three years later. Na’Quelle Tresvant and Mariah Tresvant were their daughters, and Ralph Tresvant Jr. was their son.
Tresvant had back-to-back chart-topping singles within two years. Tresvant’s “Sensitivity,” from the album Ralph Tresvant, sold over 2 million copies in 1991 and peaked at no. 1 R&B, no. 18 UK, no. 19 Billboard Hot 100, and no. 21 Adult R&B Airplay. It sold over 500,000 copies. That same year, “Do What I Gotta Do” peaked at No. 2 R&B, and “Stone Cold Gentlemen,” featuring Bobby Brown, peaked at No. 3 R&B, No. 34 Billboard Hot 100, and No. 78 in the United Kingdom. The latter song sold over a million copies as well.
Tresvant released “Money Can’t Buy You Love” from the album Mo’ Money OST in 1992, and it peaked at No. 2 R&B and No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100. These were popular radio songs, but his ballad album It’s Goin’ Down (1993) did not fare as well as his self-titled album. Tresvant’s “Who’s The Mack” from It’s Goin’ Down peaked at number 35 and remained on Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart for ten weeks in 1993. Tresvant’s single “When I Need Somebody,” from It’s Goin’ Down, reached number 30 in 2004 and stayed there for 8 weeks.
Tresvant married Amber Serrano, a New York City singer/lyricist, on September 18, 2004. Dakari Tresvant was their only child. In 2008, he formed a new band called the Heads of State with Bobby Brown and Johnny Gill.
“Perfect” released in 2019 by Johnny Gill but featuring Tresvant, peaked at no.6 and stayed there for 23 weeks, while “All Mine,” where Tresvant featured Gill, reached no. 22 and remained charted for 20 weeks.
Ralph Edward Tresvant Jr. continues as a soloist, and in 2021 he performed with New Edition at the American Music Awards, where the stage was shared with New Kids on the Block.