After three chart-busting studio albums, The-Dream has finally released a self-titled effort. Two years in the making, the album is named after his birth name, Terius Nash, and the year he was born, 1977. It has been in stores across the United States starting December 18.
He initially planned to release "Love IV" as his next installment and only dropped "Terius Nash: 1977" to tide fans over because the intended album was put on hold. He gave the self-titled album for free last summer but later upgraded it for a commercial release.
"The 'TERIUS NASH EST. 1977' is very personal and to my Fans!" he explained on Twitter. "BTW NO ONE AT DEFJAM IS HAPPY ABOUT A FREE ALBUM LOL.... they are trying to stop it!" Regarding the delayed CD, he said, "LP4 is Underway I THE-DREAM have decided to go forward with 'Diary Of A Madman' LP it almost didnt happen. So ill be in my DefJam uniform..."
When he's not busy crafting materials for his own efforts, The-Dream makes hit singles for other artists. The certified singer/producer/songwriter is best known for penning "Baby" for Justin Bieber, "Umbrella" for Rihanna and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" for Beyonce Knowles.
Although he's been holding off his studio album, The-Dream has productive years contributing to songs for other artists. He took part in Kanye West's star-studded song "All of the Lights" that won a Grammy in 2011. In the upcoming prestigious prize-giving event, his co-written track "No Church in the Wild" for Kanye and Jay-Z is nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
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. » more