Tyrese Gibson (born December 30, 1978),[43] also known mononymously as Tyrese, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, author, television producer, former fashion model and MTV VJ. He played Joseph "Jody" Summers in Baby Boy, Angel Mercer in Four Brothers, Roman Pearce in the Fast and the Furious series and Robert Epps in the Transformers film series. After releasing several albums, he transitioned into films, with lead roles in several major Hollywood releases.

Early life

Gibson was born and raised in Watts, Los Angeles, California.[2][3] His mother, Priscilla Murray Gibson (née Durham), raised him and his three older siblings as a single parent after Gibson's father, Tyrone Gibson, left. Gibson attended Florida A&M University.[44][5] However, he has stated that this is inaccurate and he never attended FAMU.[45]

Music career

Music beginnings

Gibson's career began when he auditioned for a Coca Cola commercial at the suggestion of his high school music teacher. An appearance in a 1994 Coca-Cola advertisement, singing the phrase "Always Coca-Cola",[6] led to bigger fame. It led him to other appearances for Guess and Tommy Hilfiger.

1998–99: Tyrese

In early 1998, Gibson was signed as an artist to early RCA Records. Afterwards, he released his debut single "Nobody Else". It quickly rose on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #36. On September 29, 1998, he released his self-titled album Tyrese at the age of 19. It debuted on the Billboard charts at #17. In late 1998, Gibson became the new host of the weekday music video show MTV Jams on MTV and a host and VJ for the channel.[7] Afterwards, he released the second single from the album "Lately". It made it to #56 on the Billboard charts. Then, the album's third single and highest charting single "Sweet Lady" became the album's biggest hit, reaching #9 on the R&B charts. The single earned Gibson a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance. The album eventually went on to be certified Platinum. Gibson along with singers Ginuwine, RL of Next and Case were featured on the soundtrack of The Best Man on the single "The Best Man I Can Be".

2001: 2000 Watts

On May 22, 2001, Gibson released his second studio album, 2000 Watts. The first single off the album was "I Like Them Girls," which reached #15 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album went on to be certified Gold, selling over 500,000 copies. The third single off the album, "Just a Baby Boy," with Snoop Dogg and Mr. Tan, was featured on the soundtrack to the film Baby Boy, Gibson's first major acting role.

2002–03: I Wanna Go There

After RCA Records was disbanded Gibson went on to sign to J Records. There he released his third studio album I Wanna Go There on December 10, 2002. His first single from the album and arguably his most successful single to date "How You Gonna Act Like That" debuted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #7.

2006–07: Alter Ego

On December 12, 2006, Gibson released his fourth studio album Alter Ego, his first double disc album. It was also his first album in which he debuts his rapping persona. The first single off the album was "One" debuting on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #26. The album itself is considered Gibson's lowest selling album to date. In 2007, Gibson, Ginuwine and Tank founded TGT.

2011–12: Open Invitation

After taking time from music to focus on his family and his highly successful acting career, Gibson decided it was time to return to music. In 2011, he signed himself and his newly founded label Voltron Recordz to EMI and announced he was working on a new album titled Open Invitation. On August 16, 2011, Gibson released the lead single "Stay".the music video for the single featured fellow actor, friend and Baby Boy co-star Taraji P. Henson. It peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #11. The second single "Too Easy" featured fellow actor, friend and rapper Ludacris. It peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #38. The third single "Nothing On You" peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #61. Open Invitation was released on November 1, 2011. It debuted on the US Billboard 200 albums chart at #9, sold 130,000 copies in its first week and has gone on to sell over 400,000 copies. In 2013, the album earned Gibson his third Grammy nomination at the 2013 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album.

2013–present: TGT and Black Rose

In early 2013, it was announced and confirmed after much speculation that Gibson, Ginuwine, and Tank would be releasing their debut collaboration album, to be distributed by Atlantic Records.[9][10] On April 10, 2013, Gibson announced that he is working on a new album titled Black Rose, expected to be released some time in 2014.[11] It will serve as Gibson's final studio album. It will be a double album set to be released in the summer of 2015. On July 10, 2015, Black Rose was released and had debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 77,000 copies, making it Gibson's first number one album of his career.[10]

Acting career

Gibson rose to prominence as an actor when he starred in John Singleton's Baby Boy in 2001.[13]

Gibson has a recurring role in two of the highest-grossing film series: The Fast and the Furious and Transformers.

The Fast and the Furious

Gibson plays Roman Pearce in The Fast and the Furious film series. He first played Pearce alongside his best friend Paul Walker in 2003's 2 Fast 2 Furious, his second collaboration with Singleton.[14][47] He returned as Roman Pearce in Fast Five (2011), Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Furious 7 (2015),[25] and The Fate of the Furious (2017).[48]


Gibson portrays Sergeant Robert Epps in the Transformers film series. In 2007, Gibson was a member of the ensemble cast of Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Megan Fox, Anthony Anderson and Jon Voight, with star Shia LaBeouf, in Transformers, directed and co-produced by Michael Bay.[35] Steven Spielberg served as executive producer. The film went on to make nearly $710 million worldwide. Gibson returned, as Sergeant Robert Epps, for the sequels Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011).[2][2] Gibson was supposed to return as Epps in Transformers: The Last Knight (2017),[49] but was unable to appear due to scheduling conflicts with The Fate of the Furious.[50]

Other films

In 2005, Singleton and Gibson collaborated for the third time when Gibson co-starred in the action-crime drama Four Brothers alongside Mark Wahlberg.[2][2]

Gibson went on to star in the action-drama Waist Deep with Meagan Good.[2][2]

In 2008, he co-starred opposite Jason Statham in Death Race.[2][2]


On May 8, 2012, Gibson released his first book, titled How to Get Out of Your Own Way. It went on to be a New York Times best seller.[3] On February 5, 2013, Gibson co-authored his second book along with close personal friend Rev. Run titled Manology: Secrets of Your Man's Mind Revealed, which also went on to be a New York Times best seller.[3][3][3]

Personal life

Gibson was married to Norma Mitchell from 2007 to 2009, and the couple had one child, daughter Shayla,[3] born July 11, 2007.[3] He married Samantha Lee on February 14, 2017.[3][3]


Solo albums
Collaborative albums



2000Love SongSkip/Mad Rage
2001Baby BoyJoseph 'Jody' Summers
20032 Fast 2 FuriousRoman Pearce
2004Flight of the PhoenixAJ
2005Four BrothersAngel Mercer
2005AnnapolisMatt Cole
2006Waist DeepOtis/O2
2007TransformersRobert Epps
2007Take, TheThe TakeAdell Baldwin
2008Death RaceJoseph "Machine Gun Joe" Mason
2009Transformers: Revenge of the FallenRobert Epps
2010LegionKyle Williams
2011Transformers: Dark of the MoonRobert Epps
2011Fast FiveRoman Pearce
2013Fast & Furious 6
2013Black NativityTyson
2015Furious 7Roman Pearce
2015Hollywood AdventuresHimself
2016Ride Along 2Mayfield
2017The Fate of the FuriousRoman Pearce


1996Hangin' with Mr. CooperDarrell
1998Parent 'Hood, TheThe Parent 'HoodCoop
1999MTV Beach HouseHimself
1999Blue's CluesTyrese
2010La La's Full Court WeddingHimself
2011The SoupHimself
2016American Dad!Himself
2016–StarPastor Bobby Harris

Music videos

1998Usher"My Way"
1999Monica"Angel of Mine"
2003Roselyn Sánchez"Amor Amor"
2003R. Kelly featuring Big Tigger and Cam'ron"Snake (Remix)"
2007Keyshia Cole"Love"
2008Akon featuring Colby O'Donis and Kardinal Offishall"Beautiful"
2009Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz"I Can Transform Ya"
2010Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé"Telephone"
2013Clinton Sparks featuring 2 Chainz and Macklemore"Gold Rush"
2013T-Pain featuring B.o.B"Up Down (Do This All Day)"
2015Eric Bellinger featuring 2 Chainz"Focused On You"

Theme park ride

2015Fast & Furious: SuperchargedRoman Pearce

Awards and nominations

American Music Awards
2000Tyrese GibsonFavorite New R&B/Soul ArtistWon
Black Movie Awards
2006Waist DeepOutstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleNominated
Black Reel Awards
2002"Just a Baby Boy" (with Mr. Tan and Snoop Dogg)Best SongNominated
Baby BoyBest ActorNominated<
2006Four BrothersBest EnsembleNominated
Grammy Awards
2000"Sweet Lady"Best R&B Male Vocal PerformanceNominated
2004"How U Gonna Act Like That"Best R&B Male Vocal PerformanceNominated
2013Open InvitationBest R&B AlbumNominated
2014Three Kings with Ginuwine and Tank as TGTBest R&B AlbumNominated
2016"Shame"Best Traditional R&B PerformanceNominated
Best R&B SongNominated
NAACP Image Awards
20022000 WattsOutstanding Hip-Hop ArtistNominated
2002Baby BoyOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureNominated
2002The Tonight Show with Jay LenoOutstanding Performance in a Variety ShowNominated
2012Trumpet AwardsPinnacle AwardWon
Locarno International Film Festival
2001Baby Boy for 'its innovative concept and ensemble acting'Special Mention Award
Soul Train Music Awards
2013"TGT" with Ginuwine and TankNew Artist of the YearNominated
2012"Stay"Song of the YearWon