Terius Youngdell Nash aka The-Dream was born in Rockingham, North Carolina and raised in Atlanta under the care of his grandfather. He acquired the moniker The-Dream after his uncle told him to reach high for his dream although he didn't know at that time that music could be one possibility. When he started doing music, his grandpa thought he would never made money out of it, but soon he joined a singing group called Guess Who that received moderate and local reception back in his hometown. The group was managed and signed by rapper Raheem who eventually brought them a song called "Most Beautiful Girl". With new affiliation and connections, The-Dream soon found himself apart from the lots to begin a solo project. He worked with B2K before their split in 2004, all-girl group 3LW, R'n'B singer Mya, as well as Nivea, who eventually became his wife.