BET Awards 2017 | Behind the Lights of Trey Songz

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BET Awards 2017 | Behind the Lights of Trey Songz

Check out why Trey Songz is more than just a singer.

Published May 31, 2017

  1. Angels with Hearts
    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24:  Trey Songz attends The 2015 BET Honors Awards at Warner Theatre on January 24, 2015, in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
    (Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

    You may know Trey Songz as "Mr. Steal Yo' Girl," but he's more than just an R&B singer. In 2010, Trey founded his Angels With Hearts Foundation. This foundation was created by Trey Songz to encourage his fans to give back to their community and help in a positive way. The charity aims to help all people across the world. His fan club members that are part of this organization are called Trey'z Angels.

  2. Songz 4 Peace
    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Trey Songz arrives at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
    (Photo: Dan MacMedan/WireImage)

    Prior to starting his Angels With Hearts foundation, Trey Songz formed the Songz 4 Peace foundation with Chicago philanthropist Noonie G. The initiative was started in August 2008 and was created to empower the youth. The initiative aims to educate youth and curb violence within the community.

  3. Singing Wasn't Always His Goal
    NEW YORK - JULY 25: Recording artist, Trey Songz, attends the VIBE presents Artists On The Verge: Def Jam The Next Generation Showcase at Eugene's July 25, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)

    On MTV's show When I was 17, Trey admitted that he was training to be a barber. At that age, his hair cutting skills where in high demand. He cut all of his friends' hair and even shaped his girlfriend's eyebrows!

  4. Musical Influence
    LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 21:  Recording artist D'Angelo performs at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on August 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Trey Songz is often compared to R. Kelly, but he's stated that his biggest musical influence is D'Angelo. The two have not collaborated yet but have gone on to perform at the same concerts and festivals. We're ready for a Trey Songz and D'Angelo collab!

  5. Winning
    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 08:  (L-R) Al Sharpton, Trey Songz and Aretha Franklin attend the 2012 Essence Music Festival at Louisiana Superdome on July 8, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
    (Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

    While Trey Songz was training to be a barber at the age of 17, he was also practicing his vocals. During this time, he managed to win a contest to sing with Aretha Franklin! Things then came full circle in 2005, when Franklin was featured on Songz's "I Gotta Make It" remix. The two then went on to perform together in 2012 at the Essence Music Festival!

  6. Member Of B2K?
    B2K backstage during TRL at the MTV Studios in New York City.    5/22/02  Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images
    (Photo: Scott Gries/Getty Images)

    Not quite. But, in 2002 Trey sang background vocals for the group on their hit song "Bump, Bump, Bump."

  7. He's An Artist!
    LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19:  Singer Trey Songz poses in the press room at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2 on September 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
    (Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images)

    Yes, Trey Songz is an amazing musician, but did you know he can also draw? In an interview with former blog Concrete Loop, Trey Songz admitted that one of his favorite hobbies is to draw!

  8. RAP DREAMS
    ATLANTA, GA - MAY 21:  Singer Trey Songz performs in concert during "Tremaine The Tour" at The Tabernacle on May 21, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Paras Griffin/WireImage)
    (Photo: Paras Griffin/WireImage)

    Trey Songz hasn't always been the singer we know of today. When he was younger, he sang in his church choir but had dreams of being a rapper. After meeting producer Troy Taylor at a talent show, Taylor signed him and helped him land a deal at Atlantic Records.

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images)

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