Wednesday, April 1, 2009

About Music - Robin Thicke

Robin Charles Thicke (born March 10, 1977) is an American Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and occasional actor. As the son of vocalist Gloria Loring and Growing Pains' Alan Thicke. They divorced when he was 7. Growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles he would be exposed to music by Bruce Springsteen courtesy of his father, as well as Luther Vandross and Whitney Houston courtesy of his mother. He credits his dad's musical tastes, for it was he who motivated his son to immerse himself in all kinds of pop music. The elder Thicke is popular for writing the theme songs for The Facts of Life and Diff'rent Strokes, so naturally he had his head in music. He was an average student; by 13, he was writing songs.

Three years later, he befriended the president of Bad Boy Entertainment, Andre Harrell, and struck a deal with Interscope. He began writing hits for the likes of Christina Aguilera, Mya, Brandy, Marc Anthony, and Jordan Knight. Still, an artist in the making was dying for his own chance. By 2000 and already in his mid-twenties, he made his dream come true. He issued his debut album, Cherry Blue Skies, in the fall of 2002. It was later re-titled Beautiful World and prepped for a massive media push the following spring.

Two years later, Pharrell Williams joined Thicke for the recording of "Wanna Love You Girl." Their collaboration also led Thicke to a contract with Williams’ own imprint, Star Trak Records. His sophomore album, The Evolution of Robin Thicke, arrived on the label in late 2006. Certified platinum by the RIAA in March 2007, the album made to number five on the Billboard 200 while topping their Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The more focused and refined Something Else followed in 2008. He is married to actress Paula Patton. Find out more at his website:

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