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He is named after NBA legend Elgin Baylor, who is also a D.C. native.
Ginuwine (Elgin Baylor Lumpkin) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. Ginuwine began his career as a member of Swing Mob in the early 1990s. Signing to Epic Records as a solo artist in the mid-1990s, Ginuwine has released a number of multi-platinum and platinum-selling albums and singles, becoming one of R& B’s top artists during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
He had significant commercial success with his first 4 albums: Ginuwine…The Bachelor (2x Platinum), 100% Ginuwine (2× Platinum), The Life (Platinum), and The Senior (Gold).
Born: 15 October 1970 (age 48 years), Washington, D.C., United States.Ginuwine
Personal Life | His Parents
Ginuwine lost both his parents; his father took his own life, and his mother died of cancer less than a year later. Ginuwine struggled with grief and depression; he also thought of taking his own life. Ginuwine received counseling from his pastor, which turned him to a more positive path. He recorded the song “Two Reasons I Cry” about the death of his parents on his 2001 album The Life.
In 1989, he graduated from Forestville High School (now known as Forestville Military Academy) in Forestville, Maryland and later graduated from Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland with a paralegal associate’s degree.
Ginuwine was married to the American rapper Tonya M. Johnston better known by her stage name, Solé. Ginuwine met Solé in June 1999 and they began dating in October 1999. They were married on September 8, 2003, in the Cayman Islands. They lived in Maryland.
In November 2014 he announced he and Solé had separated. Their divorce was finalized on July 22, 2015.
Kids | Children
Ginuwine and sole have two daughters together: Story (born March 29, 2001) and Dream Sarae Lumpkin (born November 1, 2002). He has a son Elgin, Jr. (born January 30, 1991) from a previous relationship, as well as three other children by three different women.
In February 2009, Ginuwine announced he has nine children. Ramonda, Tiffany, Elgin, Ginel, Tahjir, Story & Dream plus two stepchildren Dejan & Cypress.
Ginuwine began his career as a member of Swing Mob, a Rochester New York-based record label and music compound founded by Donald “DeVante Swing” DeGrate, a member of popular 90’s R& B group Jodeci. There, he met rapper Melissa “Missy” Elliott, singer-songwriter Stephen “Static Major” Garrett and producer Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley, who became his main collaborators through the 1990s.
After Swing Mob folded, they continued working together on different projects, one of which was His 1996 debut album, titled Ginuwine…The Bachelor.
The first single, “Pony” showcased his smooth vocals and Timbaland’s innovative production style, and the two became a hit-making duo. “Pony” peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is still relevant today with the smooth upbeat tempos. It was used in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV in 2008.
In 2012, “Pony” was featured in a striptease dance performed by Channing Tatum in the film Magic Mike. Mike Patton and Rahzel together perform a cover of “Pony” during their concerts. Ginuwine covered Prince’s “When Doves Cry” single from the movie soundtrack Purple Rain.
His second album, 100% Ginuwine, was released in 1999 and featured the hit singles “Same Ol’ G, “So Anxious” and “None of Ur Friends Business”. After 100% Ginuwine, he, and Timberland grew apart. Producers such as R. Kelly have crafted hits for him since then.
In 2001, he had a number-four hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with the single “Differences”, which also peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Within a year, Ginuwine lost both of his parents. He later wrote and recorded a song which is featured on his third album The Life entitled “Two Reasons I Cry”. In 2002, he was a featured artist on P. Diddy’s number-one hit “I Need a Girl (Part II)”.
Later that year, he started his own label, Bag Entertainment. The label would feature artists such as Jose Cenquentez (who appeared on The Senior) and Knight.
Ginuwine’s fifth album, Back II Da Basics, was released on November 15, 2005. The album debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200, selling close to 100,000 copies. He stated on BET’s Top 100 countdown that the album went Gold with sales of 500,000 copies.
In May 2007, an album entitled I Apologize was released in stores. Although attributed to Ginuwine, the release was an unauthorized album and included only three Ginuwine songs – apparently from stolen masters – and ten songs by other artists.
He spoke against the unofficial release on both his My Space page and through YouTube. In 2007, Ginuwine collaborated with Canadian hip-hop artist Belly in the latter’s debut solo song “Pressure”, which was featured in Belly’s debut album the Revolution, released in June 2007.
His sixth album entitled A Man’s Thoughts was released on June 23, 2009. The album was produced by The Underdogs, B Cox, Timbaland, The Runners, Johnta Austin, Oak, and Polow Da Don. The album includes guests appearances from Brandy, Missy Elliott, Bun B, and Timberland. Ginuwine formed a group with Tank and Tyrese named TGT.
Their first single was a remix of Tank’s “Please Don’t Go”. They were supposed to tour but plans fell apart due to conflicting schedules
Ginuwine announced on his Myspace Blog on August 21, 2008, that due to label and legal issues, they will not be able to release an official TGT album.
He is the founder and CEO of LoveSong Incorporated, after completing his contract with 550 Music/Epic. He announced on his Myspace blog on August 21, 2008, that he signed a major label deal with Notifi Records/Warner Brothers.
Ginuwine introduced producer MELROG and rapper Young Knight a.k.a. Knightron on the Back 2 Da Basics album. Currently, Knightron is working on his own album under Ginuwine’s label BAG ENT. His seventh studio album Elgin was released on Valentine’s Day in 2011.
He is currently working on his eighth studio album “Same Ol’ G…the Bachelor” and confirmed that Timberland and Missy Elliott executive produced the project.
Ginuwine T G T
In 2007, Ginuwine teamed up with Tyrese, and Tank and formed an R&B group among themselves called TGT and have signed to Atlantic Records in 2012. Their Grammy-nominated debut album Three Kings was released in 2013. The first single of the album “Sex Never Felt Better” was released on iTunes on February 14, 2013, for Valentine’s Day.
He was originally cast in the 2004 film You Got Served. Ultimately R&B artist Marques Houston was cast in his place. The writer of the movie kept Ginuwine’s real name “Elgin” as the name for one of the lead characters. He also was cast as R&B singer “Romeo” in the film Juwanna Mann.
He also appeared in three episodes of Moesha as Khalib, called “All This and Turkey, Too”, “You Say He’s Just A Friend”, and “On the Rebound”
Ginuwine appeared on Half & Half as R.J. Jackson in the episode “The Big Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls Episode” that aired in 2004.
In February 2011, he co-starred in the Gospel Music Channel’s debut of John Ruffin’s stage play The Ideal Husband which also stars Darrin Dewitt Henson, Jackée Harry, Clifton Powell, Shirley Murdock, Shanti Lowry, and Erica Hubbard.
Ginuwine is a spokesman for the beverage Adult Chocolate Milk, a 40-proof vodka-based version of chocolate milk.
He appeared in the CBS show Martial Law (TV series) starring Sammo Hung and Arsenio Hall. In the episode “How Sammo Got His Groove Back” airing November 21, 1998, he plays Hall’s nephew, Zeke Meadows, a singer who is a target for murder by a ruthless CD bootlegger.
In the NBC series Parks and Recreation, character Donna Meagle is said to be Ginuwine’s cousin. He appeared on the show as himself twice: the season six finale “Moving Up,” and the seventh-season episode “Donna & Joe.”
On 5 January 2018, he entered the UK reality show Celebrity Big Brother 21. He was evicted on January 23, 2018, and came 11th place.
- Ginuwine…the Bachelor (1996)
- 100% Ginuwine (1999)
- The Life (2001)
- The Senior (2003)
- Back II Da Basics (2005)
- A Man’s Thoughts (2009)
- Elgin (2011)
- Same Ol’ G…the Bachelor (TBD)
- Three Kings (with TGT) (2013)
- Men in Black: The Album – “I’m Feelin’ You” (1997)
- Dr. Dolittle – “Same Ol’ G” (1998)
- “Romeo Must Die” – “Simply Irresistible” (2000)
- Barbershop – “Stingy” (2002)
- Juwanna Mann – “Star Spangled Banner” (2002)
- Juwanna Mann (2002)
- Honey (2003)
- Never Ever Let You Go
- Parks and Recreation (2014)
- Chocolate City (2014)
- Chocolate City: Vegas Strip (2017)
- Your Husband Is Cheating on Us (2018)
Ginuwine Awards & Nominations
2014, Best R&B Album: “Three Kings” (Nominated)
2003: Best Male R&B Artist, Nominated
American Music Awards
2003: Favorite Male R&B Artist, Nominated
2002: Favorite Male R&B Artist, Nominated
2000: Favorite Male R&B Artist, Nominated
Soul Train Music Awards
2000: Best R&B/Soul Male Single (“So Anxious”), Nominated
2000: Best R&B/Soul Male Album (100% Ginuwine), Winner
Ginuwine Net Worth
He has a net worth of $5 million dollars.