I was supposed to write about Trey Songz a while ago, but as someone who deeply cares for him, I wanted my approach to be just right. When I thought I had finally got my words together to present him accurately, it started out as “ denim jeans sagging on his hips, built shoulders journey to lanky arms ending at beautiful hands, with a gorgeous face complete with cornrows. Today, most women wouldn’t have given this man the time of day, but 8 years ago that used to be Trey Songz and now I’m sure he wishes he could buy the time for all the people that want his attention.”
However, as soon as I thought I was on a roll, I see an e-mail in my inbox with a subject line “From My Heart”, and I almost begin to cry, because somehow Tremaine always figures out some beautiful way of reaching his fans, friends and Angels in a real way. By “real way” I mean, we all received the same message, and no matter how many of us there are, this message was written for us as individuals and as a whole, and its meaning was never lost.
In this letter, as most of you have probably seen since nothing goes past twitter-sphere, he quotes an Angels definition of a fan: “ An Angel believes in the power to make a difference. Through the music that she loves, she gets inspired. Through the stories that she hears in the lyrics, she relates to her life. Through the sweat and tears at every performance, she feels a sense of mutual love and respect, the give and take! A true fan doesn’t buy into the material, they buy into the emotional. I’m a fan, but I live my life as an Angel. Empowered by Trey to Make a Difference.”
One of the best things Trey said to us Angels was “fuck an award, I could care less about an award”, after not winning a Fandemoniom challenge to Chris Brown. I won’t get into the whole CB v. TS argument because 1. They are old friends. 2. I like them both, and 3. They are both different people with very different music. I am just going to address it now because I know where my generations’ head goes to: materialism.
Chris Brown has more awards than Trey and more of Chris’ albums have gone gold, and because of Trey’s impact on my life as well as others, our reaction is so what? People tend to use materialism to prove their argument when you only have things to defend yourself with, and because of this most overlooked Trey’s development from a boy to a man, and this is due to reading into the Trey Songz image far too much.
In my eyes, there are two key reasons why Trey will continue to grow bigger, keep his olds fans and gain new ones. Although Trey’s relationships are rooted in the mainstream (Drake, Lil Wayne, CB, Drake, Rick Ross etc.), his demeanor is nothing like that of his “work circle” and in all honesty he does not conduct himself as such. Trey was raised by his mother, who told him “when you can transition to better yourself while staying true to yourself it’s a beautiful thing” and surrounded by his grandmother who raised that strong woman, and as such I believe the amazing women he was raised by contributed to his honesty and consistency in his work.
The same people and label that were there when “I Gotta Make It” was released, are the same people here for “Chapter V” and in between albums he has always held the hands of fans. When “Passion, Pain and Pleasure” came out, Trey also gifted his fans with #LemmeholddatbeatII and Anticipation II. Even though he was told he was doing too much, this was the relationship he had developed with his fans and Angels, and no one was going to stop him. Not only does Trey keep a positive circle, but he’s also in control of what happens within that circle.
Anyone who watched “Treys My Moment” knows that Trey is professionally involved in all major decisions concerning Trey Songz. Not only that, he is control of words. When someone crosses the line, he lets you know, for instance when he had to check that reporter talking sideways about CB to him in an interview. Or even on twitter talking about what rubs him the wrong away, but always ending it “with it’s all love tho.”
Secondly, his fans and Angels are definitely the other key reason in his growth. The impact someone has on you is a reflection of that person’s energy. For example, a fellow Angel I luckily met because of this fan club family, Trey’s Angels, Chelsea S. is a wonderful example of the different impact Trey’s has on our lives. Because of all the promo missions Chelsea has done for Trey as well as Angels With Heart Foundation, she found she enjoyed public relations and event managing rather which saved her from hating her talent in art, which was her original major.
When I asked her what does Trey do for you, she said, “he motivates me to get what I want, to be better”, which is exactly what Trey requires of himself. Due to all of her hard work, Chelsea won Star Angel and was rewarded with a personally recorded video from Trey Songz, and even though he thanked her for all her hard work, he told her, you need to focus on school because education is more important. As I said before, whenever he talks to us Angels, it’s like your best friend is talking to you. They care for your well-being, they put in your place when you pop-off sometimes, you have inside jokes, they make you feel special in their own way and they always mange to make you forget about the distance.
For some odd reason people seem to think Chapter V is Trey’s last book, but didn’t some of you think that about “Ready”, “Trey Day”, and “PPP”? For someone to push people to make a difference, big or small, to motivate someone to be better and actually help them succeed, for someone to actually give love back to where it was received and to always strive to be better is not the characteristics of story that ends. Don’t get me wrong, Trey Songz is human like the rest of us and he isn’t perfect (what am I saying, of course he is), but music is a powerful compound, and when someone comes by that’s genuine in all of their actions, you just know and you love it when they shine. If Trey’s journey needs to be labeled, it is definitely the never-ending story.
Written by @allanahangel