Since the fateful day a high-wattage kid charmed the world singing “Always Coca-Cola” in a now famous ad campaign for the soft drink giant, Tyrese Gibson with piercing intensity has evolved into a coveted entertainment juggernaut, creating some of the most compelling and exalted artistic works of his generation. The public’s discovery of this young South Central native’s arresting natural talent fueled the fiery determination to excel that would soon catapult him from the treacherous streets of Watts to the top of music charts & movie marquees across the globe. Gibson artfully transformed the opportunities wrought from this commercial success into an explosive career, deftly balancing his roles within the genres of music, modeling, film, television, comic books, philanthropy, and publishing, amassing an acclaimed body of work and several of the industry’s most cherished accolades. Never complacent, Tyrese is an artist whose unwavering work ethic and boundless drive continues to illuminate his creative vision, leading him to unearth new capabilities from the deep well of his seemingly limitless potential.
Signing a record deal with RCA, in 2000 Tyrese made his indelible entry onto the landscape of music with his celebrated self-titled debut album. Mesmerizing audiences with soulful tunes, a magnetic persona, and dangerously striking chiseled features, sales soared and the album quickly achieved platinum status. A victorious Gibson garnered the American Music Award for Best New R&B Artist and was officially crowned as a burgeoning musical force with the prestigious Grammy nomination of the sultry smash hit “Sweet Lady.” Noting his timeless appeal and formidable physical presence, Gibson was handpicked by Tommy Hilfiger as the face of his era-defining eponymous clothing line, which became one of the most successful landmark campaigns in fashion history and launched this unforgettable kid as an unexpected American style icon. Modeling proved a natural gateway to television when Tyrese became the wildly popular host of MTV Jams. Applying his natural charisma and infectious personality on camera, he effectively reached the show’s young audience and quickly made it the network’s highest rated program of that year.
2001 brought the release of Tyrese’s highly anticipated sophomore effort, “2000 Watts”, as well as his triumphant silver screen debut. Gibson received thunderous critical acclaim for his piercing portrayal of “Jody,” in John Singletons’ groundbreaking film “Baby Boy.” Linking the significant character parallels to his own life’s experiences, Tyrese infused his electric performance with a raw natural intensity and heartfelt honesty that endeared him to filmmakers and film-goers, forging what would become a deep and lasting affinity.
“Just a Baby Boy,” a song featuring Snoop Dogg, was simultaneously released on the film’s soundtrack and Tyrese’s third album “I Wanna Go There,” marking his inaugural collaboration with the legendary Clive Davis and J Records. This incendiary album went platinum at record speed, thanks in part to the contagious & provocative hit singles “How U Gonna Act Like That” and “Signs of Love Makin.” The smooth bravado, rhythmic undertones and unforgettably distinctive vocal style displayed on this cohesive collection of ballads prompted Davis to champion Gibson as the most promising R&B act of the decade and garnered him a second Grammy nomination. Refusing to remain stagnant, the much-lauded performer received a third Grammy nod for 2006’s “Pullin’ Me Back,” collaboration with Chingy that reigned for 10 weeks at #1 and further solidified his position among the ranks of the music industry vanguard.
On the heels of his gripping performance in “Baby Boy,” Tyrese shifted his formidable charisma and professional prowess from music to the creative canvas of film. Seamlessly transitioning between mainstream and independent, action and drama, starring and supporting roles, this towering entertainment pillar has amassed an expansive and eclectic body of work and legions of fiercely loyal devotees. Landing a lead role in the 2003 blockbuster “2 Fast 2 Furious” with Paul Walker and Eva Mendez, Gibson brought fresh energy to the film, taking this franchise in an exhilarating and profitable new direction. The next year, Gibson introduced his talents to a more mature film-goer starring in 20th Century Fox’s “Flight of the Phoenix,” alongside heavy-hitters Dennis Quaid and Giovanni Ribisi. He then revisited his fortuitous artistic partnership with heralded writer/director John Singleton in the gritty revenge drama “Four Brothers,” co-starring Mark Wahlberg and Andre 3000. Gibson’s stellar performance received excellent reviews, helping propel the film to gross over 80 million dollars. His next film project, Universal Rogue’s “Waist Deep,” remains one of the company’s best-selling DVD titles, a testament to his enduring popularity with urban audiences.
The summer of 2007 launched a fertile period in Gibson’s career, beginning with DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures’ box office smash hit “Transformers”, starring alongside Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox. In playing the role of Master Sgt. Epps, Gibson significantly expanded audiences for bold and bankable director Michael Bay’s epic creation, which would earn a staggering $700 million worldwide. Later that year, Tyrese delivered a compelling performance opposite John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez in the independent film “The Take”, a crime drama directed by emerging filmmaker Brad Furhman. In his next undertaking, Paul W.S. Anderson’s Sci-Fi thriller “Death Race,” with Jason Statham, Joan Allen and Ian McShane, Gibson successfully expended his creative boundaries with the dark portrayal of an angry, dangerous prison inmate.
Reprising his trademark role in “Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen” in 2009, Tyrese was reunited with producers Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura. Together they annihilated box office records when the film grossed an astonishing $200 million domestically in its 5-day opening weekend. Tyrese remained in the mainstream arena with his follow-up role in Sony Screen Gem’s “Legion,” delivering a sharp performance next to acting virtuosos Paul Bettany and Charles S. Dutton in this action film with heavy religious and spiritual undertones.
Back to back roles in two of 2011’s most anticipated films make this an explosive year in Tyrese’s career. The actor will first reprise the role he made popular with the April release of “Fast 5,” the latest installment in the multi-million dollar series, after which he will light up the screen in this summer’s “Transformers 3.” Opening July 4th weekend, this film promises to be the darkest and most sinister evolution of the franchise and is expected to once again demolish existing box office records. Upcoming projects include the starring role in an adaptation of the cult-favorite Marvel comic book “Luke Cage”.
Perpetually seeking new challenges and determined to shape all phases of creative development for his projects, the ebullient Gibson serves as the nexus for his own multi-media empire, HQ- Head Quarter Entertainment. As founder and CEO, Tyrese sits at the helm of its film and TV production company, as well as a music studio and independent record label. HQ is also home to Gibson’s XiT ComiX, a comic book division through which he, and publishing partner Image Comics, releases his own bestselling title MAYHEM. Gibson writes and produces several HQ pictures studio projects, including BET Networks 10-part docu-drama and reality show “First In,” celebrating the courage of Compton’s firefighters. The April launch of the literary work “How to Get out of Your Own Way,” published by Grand Central, marks the culmination of a lifelong dream for Tyrese. This engaging and entertaining literary treasure offers readers keen wisdom and guidance through an artful recounting of the lessons that molded and motivated Gibson. Released in April, its landmark sales catapulted this work onto the prestigious New York Times best seller list, cementing Tyrese as the new face of inspirational literature.
While the roles of writer, actor and singer are ubiquitous to Tyrese, his well-earned position as a trusted voice in the realm of philanthropy is the most meaningful. He is a nationally recognized advocate for America’s at-risk youth, sought-after for his credible, solution-based critical insight born from his own successful triumph over the demons of hopelessness and apathy bred by life in the hood. Gibson is the official Ambassador for Operation Hope: 5MK, a program to help reduce the rate of high school drop-outs and educate children on financial literacy. He is also a key member of the Elaine Wynn-chaired DC-based foundation, Communities in Schools, his pivotal work earning him a 2010 invitation to the White House to act as an advisor on the improvement of public schools. Tyrese also launched The Watts Foundation with a vision to build a state of the art youth center in his hometown, building a haven for kids and teens to safely gather and pursue positive activities, encouraging self- worth and improvement.
Claiming ownership of his destiny, Tyrese’s unrelenting drive and talent have gained him accomplishments and honors generally reserved for venerated entertainment icons twice his age. Not content as just another famed ‘Hollywood triple threat,’ Gibson reinvented the entire concept, yielding a strong presence in over six separate genres. This coming year, he will indelibly cement his industry domination with two blockbuster films, release a heart touching literary gem, and return to his fame breaking first love, music; delivering his signature R&B anthems with the 4th quarter release of his highly anticipated 5th album “Open Invitation.” After 15 years in entertainment, Tyrese is an acclaimed Hollywood force with unequivocal mainstream appeal. Blessed with hypnotic charisma, limitless curiosity, a cathedral of ambition and unwavering determination, Tyrese Gibson will continue to shatter glass ceilings and break new ground, emerging a true entertainment sage claiming his celebrated place in the pantheon of American artists.