Ginuwine may no longer be The Bachelor, but he still has a way with making lyrics sound smooth and making the ladies swoon. Fifteen years ago Ginuwine was singing about grinding ala Pony, trying to fit in “those jeans” and teaming up with Timberland and the Crew to make hits. He went on to stay true to his R&B roots, but music evolved pushing R&B heavy hitters (and my personal faves) like Silk, Shai, SWV, En Vogue, Next, 112, New Edition and more out of the limelight. The industry soon became a place where even the non-talented could get signed to a record label and it wasn’t long before the teen pop stars rolled into town.
But the evolution of the industry wasn’t the only difficult obstacle that would challenge Ginuwine. After years of partying and living it up like a rock star, heart ache and pain would find him. After losing his father to suicide and his mother to cancer just a year later, Ginuwine found himself in a deep dark place and contemplated his purpose in life.
Soul searching and positive thinking got him through and so did meeting his beautiful wife Sole. Together they are raising nine children together and they have given him a new outlook on life.
With Ginuwine’s new album Old School Young coming out this year, it will be interesting to see if he can one day say that he helped bring real R&B back to the forefront. Here’s hoping he’ll bring back the bright long-tailed suits as well. Come on, you know what I’m talking about!
Check out the interview we did with Ginuwine below.