TREY LORENZ - MR. MISTA
X-RAY RECORDS PROUDLY PRESENTS THE LONG AWAITED SOPHOMORE ALBUM BY ONE OF THE WORLD'S FOREMOST MALE R&B VOCALISTS
TREY LORENZ OUT SEPTEMBER 19th
SOULFUL COLLECTION FEATURES THE HOT SINGLE "PISCES" WITH A SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE BY MARIAH CAREY.
CA - - TREY LORENZ, perhaps best known for his backup vocals with super star MARIAH CAREY, shows off his own singing and songwriting
skills with his latest release MR. MISTA out September 19, 2006 on X-RAY RECORDS.
on blockbuster albums by such artists as USHER, VANESSA WILLIAMS and WILL SMITH just to name a few, this impeccable vocalist
steps out from behind the shadows with this solid, 11-track R&B collection showing the world what an exceptional artist
he truly is.
Born in Florence,
South Carolina, Trey began singing in church and learned to read music through a brief stint of piano lessons. While in college, he performed with various bands lending his vocal and keyboard talents. In February,
1990, a friend of his was singing backup in the recording studio with a new artist who was working on her debut record. That
artist was Mariah Carey.
"I met Trey in February 1990," says Carey, "when I was working on my first album. I was
recording a song called 'There's Got To Be A Way,' and one of the backup singers was friends with Trey and had brought him
down to the studio for the session. I heard someone singing all the high, top notes with me and I'm like, 'Who is that?' I
turned around and it was Trey. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
And that friendship continues. Trey has been working with Mariah Carey ever since, sharing
vocal duties as well as having written songs with her. In 1992, Lorenz catapulted to fame with his MTV unplugged duet of "I'll
Be There." On it, Trey displayed his incredible falsetto soaring to one of the highest notes a male can sing. The "Unplugged"
concert was turned into a home video as well as a CD. Soon after, Trey found himself signed to Mariah Carey's then husband
Tommy Matola under the EPIC label. His self-titled debut effort was released
to critical acclaim spawning the Top 20 hit single, "Someone To Hold."
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Trey Lorenz Exclusive Interview
by Rashmi Shastri
Trey was born in Florence, South Carolina on January 19th, 1969. His father is Lloyd Lorenz, the director of a local job-training
program and his mother Bernice, a history teacher at local Wilson High. Both parents and Trey sang in church. Trey learned
to read music through a brief stretch of piano lessons. When Trey met Mariah, he was in his junior year at Farleigh Dickinson
University, majoring in advertising. Since then Trey has been touring with Mariah Carey as her backup singer, since her first
promotional tour in 1990, for her debut album, 'Mariah Carey.' Not only touring, Trey has written songs with Mariah and they
have become very close friends.
Trey has continued to sing with Mariah Carey. He has co-written songs for Mariah's album and continued to do background
vocals. Trey toured with Mariah in 1998, singing "Let's Make This A Night To Remember," with Mariah's other backup singer
Melanie Daniels. Trey also toured with Mariah on her "Rainbow Tour," in 1999 and then again in 2003 on the "Charmbraclet Tour,"
singing "I'll Be There," and leading the background singers in a song called "Friend of Mine."
Trey Lorenz sings backup vocals on Mariah Carey's latest album 'The Emancipation of Mimi.' Trey vocals are featured on
four songs: 'Get Your Number,' 'I Wish You Knew,' 'Joy Ride,' & 'Fly Like A Bird.' Trey has been present on the promotional
tour for the album.
Hi Trey, how are you? We finally got connected! I hear you’re performing in Texas tonight.
Yeah we are! It’s really hot out here and a friend of mine lives here so she’s coming to the show. At this
point we’ve got the show down and everyone’s comfortable with each other so it’s going well.
So you’re just in the hotel room relaxing before the show right now?
I usually take an afternoon nap before having to go to the venue but this is a pleasant distraction having you call me.
How do you feel having completed a record by yourself after so long?
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a project by myself, I think it’s been fourteen years that I had
my solo album out. I better do it now while I’m still sexy!
Tell me about Mariah’s involvement in this project.
Mariah and I always joke that we were two years old when we started. We decided to call the CD “Mimi Presents…”
because she’s helped on a song or two but for the most part these are songs that I’ve done over the past four
or five years. Every time we go on tour I don’t have any new material of my own to perform. Mariah’s fans are
great, they are constantly asking her if I’m doing anything and it’s weird for me because I’m totally not
the celebrity type. Eventually I just thought it was time to go ahead and do it. Mariah was gracious enough to lend her name
I heard the track Pisces a few days ago, what’s the story behind that?
It’s rare that I write songs that are too personal because I want people to be able to relate. It’s about a
friend of mine who’s a Pisces and I hadn’t seen her for a long time but when I did see her she was really cold
which wasn’t her personality. Honestly, I just like the way Pisces rhymes with icy! Mariah’s singing the background
vocals on that song.
Are there any other songs that we should know about?
One of my favourite songs on the album is It All Comes Back Around. As I’ve become older I’ve become more interested
in the world. I’ve been blessed to be able to travel around the world and meet a lot of different people, the world
almost seems smaller. I’m against war and all that nonsense; I guess I shouldn’t say that with the war going on
right now. I’ve been to so many places and I must add that I love London…
Now that brings me to a very important question, when are you and Mariah coming over here to tour? Tell me the truth!
You know what there hasn’t been any talk of a European tour which I was really disappointed about because we always
go to Europe. They’re adding dates to the tour but I don’t exactly know how it works, maybe the Europe promoters
have to request it or something. I know we’re going to Japan for two weeks and they’ve added a show in Hong Kong
but that’s the last I’ve heard personally. I don’t think there will be a UK tour with Mariah but everything
changes around here so keep your fingers crossed, they might try and do something at the top of the year. She might just release
a new CD then come over with that.
Is Mariah around you at the moment by any chance?
She’s on vocal rest at the moment which I probably should be doing myself! It’s where she doesn’t talk
a day before the show and everything she needs to say she writes on cards.
What are the plans for your album?
I don’t even know if we’re releasing the record or have any agreement for distribution for my album. That would
be my goal but for me I love to sing and I love music but I don’t want to be a celebrity. I’ve seen what Mariah
goes through and I don’t want that type of life. This album is a gift to the fans. We need to change the tracks on MySpace
to my favourite ones! You need to add me. I might try and do a video shout out to put on there as well. I haven’t had
a record out in God knows when so it surprises me when people come up to me and ask where my new material is, it’s always
Things around you have been pretty hectic, how do you come back to earth?
For me it’s always been about the music. I went through a stage of “drinking and drugging” is what we
call it. I shouldn’t even joke about that but you know like smoking weed and being unproductive, going out with friends
and enjoying life excessively. When I started going back to church everything started to turn around and I’m grateful
to God for that, that’s what my favourite song “My Everything” is about. We come from a very spiritual clique
over here. Mariah performs Fly Like A Bird from the Mimi album and the lyrics really speak to me. That’s what it’s
all about to me.
You’re going to be on tour with Mariah for a while, do you ever get stressed out?
What I really want to do is go around the world with Mariah on her down time. I’m getting tired of the travelling
thing but if I was doing it on my own terms it might be different. I would like to give more people some of this soul explosion
that’s in me!
What do you like about touring?
The audiences and the performances. I do like to travel sometimes but being away from home months at a time can be difficult.
Sometimes it’s just like “I wanna drive my own car!” At the end of the day seeing people’s reactions
is the coolest and overrides everything even if you’re missing home and family. I also like it when people wait for
us outside and take pictures, I make them send me them. I like it that everyone’s so cool and still remembers me from
all that time ago.
Of course they remember you! They won’t forget when it’s artists like yourself or Mariah. I’m still listening
to old Whitney Houston.
Right, exactly. I actually heard that Whitney and Bobby are getting a divorce. I love Whitney to the point where one of
the reasons Mariah and I clicked on a personal level was because we were the same age and liked the same type of music. I
went to the Mariah session, not to sing, but just to go and someone said “this girl sings better than Whitney Houston”
and I was thinking nobody can sing better than Whitney, then when I heard Mariah sing I felt totally different.
What do you all get up to when you’re backstage?
Sleeping! Mariah doesn’t even come in until 30 minutes before she goes on stage; she comes in made up and is ready
to go. Sometimes we have a sound check and then eat something. We then have three hours to wait before going on stage so I
have a nice blanket and pillow close by!
Do you have any special requests before going on stage?
Tea with lots of lemon and chicken wings!
What about the journeys to and from different venues?
After the show is when we really get the party started and get on the tour bus. We took a 20 hour drive to get here [Houston,
Texas] which was pretty brutal. You should give me a call on the next long drive when we’re going to Canada there are
always lots of people on the bus. It’s cool because we have a big TV and fun people on board. People I know in different
cities are always asking me when I’m arriving but I really don’t know, the only thing I know is when it’s
over! Everyone thinks that when you go on tour you party all the time but being the type of artist Mariah is we have to really
sing so partying is a real no no. We’re only halfway through and don’t finish until November!
Do you have any favourite parts of the show?
I was so proud of Gnarls Barkley and their success that I perform Crazy in Mariah’s show which always gets a good
reaction. I love the stuff that my parents listened to like Motown. They never had a problem with what I listened to because
it was always one of their records that I wanted to play. LA Reid gave us the idea to do a tribute to Luther Vandross and
as you know, Mariah sung Endless Love with Luther…
That’s so strange; I’m listening to Endless Love right now!
Get out of here!
Oh my goodness! Look at that, we’ve got a connection here.
Thanks for that, Trey. I’ll give you a call on your long drive.
Definitely, speak to you soon. Have a great day and thanks for the interview.
The new album from Trey “Mimi Presents…Trey Lorenz Mr. Mista” comes out on September 19th
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CAREY DELIVERS TOP-NOTCH PREOFRMANCE
- By Samuel Burke
Mariah Carey brought her "Charmbracelet World Tour" to Phoenix, Arizona on August
23rd 2003. As always Trey Lorenz was singing backup. Photos are available in the Photo section. The Arizona Republic
had this to say...
"Mariah's four back up singers were phenomenal, especially
the charismatic and uber-talented Trey Lorenz. Just as he did 11 years before on MTV Unplugged, Lorenz joined Carey during
a stunning rendition of Ill Be There.'"
After 'I'll Be There," Carey left the stage and Trey took the
lead on a song sung with the three other backup vocalists called "Friend Of Mine."
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MUSIC TO MY EARS - TREY LORENZ: THE VISION BEHIND THE VOICE
By Timothy White
He was a find at first sight, a star at first falsetto flight, and, while the world recognized the
former backup singer's exceptional gifts the instant his pipes penetrated the troposphere on MTV's "Unplugged" last March,
still nobody really knows Trey Lorenz. So Mariah Carey figures it's time we were all properly introduced.
kept asking, "Who's the guy singing?" says Carey, swiveling giddily on a stool in the control room at Manhattan's Right Track
Studios. She is describing the since oft-retelecast moment during the live "Unplugged" taping at Kaufman Astoria Studios when
Lorenz cut loose on the "Jermaine part" of her cover of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There." Fact is, Lorenz's aerial larynx acrobatics
at the bridge of the vintage R&B classic proved the most crowd-pleasing eruption of vocal yearning since Carey's own high-pitched
exploits on her May 1990 "Vision of Love" debut.
"I really didn't want all the fun and interest behind him with the
"I'll Be There" record to go to waste," Carey continues, nodding to the gangly, grinning Lorenz, who's seated opposite her,
"so we just went at it for about three months, worked really hard and made this." She flicks the mixing console faders forward
to near-maximum volume level, while the tape begins to roll for "Someone To Hold," the kickoff single (written by Carey, Lorenz,
and Walter Afanasieff) from the forthcoming self-titled Epic album, "Trey Lorenz."
What spills from the mixing-room
monitors is a supple soul soprano, feathery but vibrantly flexible, that's been framed in a buoyant vocal arrangement by Carey.
Sailing across a glistening tide-pool of descants from Mariah, Will Downing, Audrey Wheeler, and Cindy Mizelle, Lorenz's dusky-to-dulcet
vocal lead is a decisive devotional oath, seemingly capable of any sort of coloration, yet never flaunting its myriad strengths.
On a ballad this straight forward, the danger would have been to descend into the labored yelps and modulations that veteran
R&B helmsman Jerry Wexler has described as "over-souling." Happily, as with album's other top tracks ("Always In Love,"
"Photograph Of Mary," "Run Back To Me," "It Only Hurts When Its Love," and a swirly rendition of the Commodores' "Just to
Be Close to You", principal producers Afanasieff and Carey kept Lorenz" arsenal of agilities in check, reserving the gymnastics
for points of legitimate storytelling impact. Guest producer Keith Thomas, known for his work with Amy Grant ("Baby Baby")
and Vanessa Williams ("Save The Best For Last"), followed a similar, tightly controlled course with "Run Back To Me," harnessing
Lorenz"s lung power as if shaping a series of horn solos. Consequently, "Trey Lorenz" has the same blend of proficiency and
providence that brought him to the attention of both Carey and MTV's viewership in the first place.
"I met Trey in
February 1990," says Carey, "when I was working on my first album. I was recording a song called "There's Got To Be A Way,"
and one of the backup singers was friends with Trey and had brought him down to the studio for the session. I heard someone
singing all the high, top notes with me and I'm like, "Who is that?" I turned around and it was Trey.
"So he kept
singing backup for me, working on my "Emotions" album, and then we went to Europe for appearances. Then last summer I was
doing a rehearsal for a showcase show at the Club Tatou (in New York) and I had him sing for a couple of people at the label,
a cappella, just riffing and ad-libbing -- and that was it.
"But we also were involved in the preparation for "Unplugged,"
and people kept saying to do an oldie. Two nights before the actual show I decided on "I'll Be There" and said, "Trey, why
don't you sing the male part?" We had no plans to release the show on record when we originally did it, so the decision to
put the song out as a single was a total fluke. Eventually, we decided we should get going on his album, and we wrote two
songs, the second being 'Always In Love.'"
"It all happened just like she said!" exclaims the genial Lorenz, whose
hectic discourse can rival the vivacity of his best serenades. "I just happened to be in the room when Mariah was doing "There's
Got To Be A Way," and, you know, when you're in the studio so long, you get bored. I was singing along with the guys, just
going along with the song, and that's when she heard me. At that point, I was in my junior year at Farleigh Dickinson University,
majoring in advertising, and I had been in a group that had quickly disbanded called" -- he whimpers -- "Squeak & the
Deep -- but we were only together for a minute!"
Lorenz's sheepishness concerning the outfit that immediately preceded
his association with Carey is mild compared to his embarrassment with his initial reaction to the news that "I'll Be There"
would be released as a single. Problem was, he couldn't honestly recall how he'd sounded on the performance -- which he hadn't
heard since the "Unplugged" session -- and he feared the worst. "I was like, "Whoa! Let me hear it again!" I mean, great goodness,
I think we were singing really good that day, but I wasn't so sure about me." He smirks. "I was really relieved when I listened.
"When the song actually debuted at 13 in Billboard," he adds, "that's when I really lost it -- especially after growing
up in a small town where you don't have anything else to do but watch the charts, check the record stores, and dream."
of Lorenz's professional reveries occurred in and around the old railroad town of Florence, S.C., where Trey grew up a proud
"pine-bred" son of Lloyd Lorenz, the director of a local job-training program, and wife Bernice, a history teacher at local
Wilson High. Both parents sang in church, as did Trey, and he learned to read music through a brief stretch of piano lessons.
But by pure coincidence, the first song he can ever recall singing was the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back." By eighth grade,
he was winning talent shows with renditions of country pop like Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle's "You And I." He passed his
freshman and sophomore years lending vocals and keyboards to the Players, a Top 40 band whose set list rambled from the Romantics
to the Ramones.
The emergence of Trey Lorenz matches the equation of precocious talent rewarded with enthusiastic
discovery that lifted Carey to international prominence. The two artists also share a fondness for a certain brand of material:
"I really wanted to stick to melody," says Lorenz, "and not put out a track-oriented album so much as group songs that could
hopefully stand the test of time."
Much of the warmth contained on "Trey Lorenz" may be derived from the undisguised
glee Carey found in bestowing belief and support in the same measure it was once extended to her. Six tracks into her listening
preview at Right Track Studios, Lorenz's mentor can hardly contain her pride with the fruits of her protege's labors."I'm
trying not to talk too much and let the music speak for itself," she exults shyly, "but I think people are ready to hear him."
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Mariah's Work Is Quite A Production Lends Hand To
Lorenz While Prepping New Set
- By Nda Newman
NEW YORK Mariah Carey has worked nonstop since recording her multiplatinum
debut in 1989. However, when it came time to produce the Epic bow by her backup singer and protege Trey Lorenz, it was an
offer she could not refuse.
"Trey is a really good friend of mine and he's one of the funniest
people I've ever met in my life. He's so much fun to be around and he's really talented, so I was really into the project,"
Because of time constraints, she opted to produce or co-produce
six of the tracks rather than the whole self-titled album, which is due in stores Sept. 29. Working with her on five of the
cuts was Walter Afanasieff, with whom she shared a Grammy nomination for best producer last year for her Columbia album "Emotions."
Producers on the other tracks were Keith Thomas, Mark C. Rooney, Mark Morales, Glen Ballard, and BeBe Winans.
Carey went into the project high on the success of her "Unplugged"
EP and video. Taken from a taping of the MTV acoustic performance program of the same name, "Unplugged" showcases Carey in
a stripped-down setting and introduced the world to backup singer Lorenz, with whom she duets on "I'll Be There."
Carey and Afanasieff were in the midst of writing material for
her new album when "Unplugged" bulleted up the charts. "Trey came over and it became a Trey writing session instead," Carey
says. "We just made the time to go in and do it. So many people had noticed Trey from "I'll Be There" and we wanted people
to remember him from that and have that excitement."
Knowledge gained from the "Unplugged" experience made her a better
producer, she says. She also learned a lot while in the studio."'Unplugged' taught me a lot about myself because I tend to
nit pick everything I do and make it a little too perfect because I'm a perfectionist. I also learned a lot from working with
Trey because when you're working with another singer and the singer's going, 'Oh, I hate that, that sounds horrible' and you're
going, 'No it's great,' that's what everyone always does to me. I'll always go over the real raw stuff and now I've gotten
to the point where I understand that the raw stuff is usually better."
That understanding shows on the six-pack of songs Carey produced.
The tunes are polished and radio-friendly without being too slick or formulaic. The arrangements, which Carey also oversaw
in most cases, range from lean and restrained on "How Can I Say Goodbye" to lush and layered on a remake of the Commodores'
"Just To Be Close To You."
There is a cohesion to the tracks that belies the fact that Carey
and Afanasieff were often producing 3,000 miles apart. "Walter would start the tracks out in San Francisco and he would the
send the rough skeleton of the track out to me," Carey says"in N.Y. "I would put on all the backgrounds and leads with Trey.
Walter came in at the end and we did more overdubs and things together."
Surprisingly, the toughest tracks for Carey to produce were the
two she had co-written. "It's almost harder to do the ones I wrote because I'm sort of writing them as we go along. When you
don't have a demo to refer to and you're doing the track, it's like, 'What am I going to sing on this line and how should
the background go on this one?,' as opposed to when someone else has already written it and you just do it."
Because both Carey and Lorenz are singers, Carey says they could
communicate on more levels than just producer and artist. "When you're a singer and someone is producing you who's not, they
don't (always) understand when you want to do things a few times or when you want to try things out a different way. The producer
should really make sure they are creating a great vibe and environment for the artist. You just have to reassure them and
let them know that you understand how it feels. So I think if anything qualifies me to produce, it's that. I'm coming from
that singing point of view."
For Carey, vocal arranging and singing background were the best
parts of producing. "I love singing background vocals; that's my favorite thing," she says. "I love doing them by myself,
but it's also fun singing with a group. Both Trey and I love R&B singing and gospel vocal arrangements. It was basically
an unspoken thing where we just made the vocal arrangements a really dominant part of the music."
This project was so enjoyable, Carey says she is considering some
other production plans, though she's keeping names close to the vest. "I have some things in mind that I really don't want
to get into only because they're totally premature, but I have plans to do some other artists that I've encountered, possibly
a contemporary gospel (artist). There are so many amazing songs that I would love to do over with someone else singing."
But for now, it's time to work on her third studio album. She goes
back into the studio later this month with Afanasieff with lessons learned from her latest experiences. "Sometimes when I
tend to do things by myself, I tend to double (my vocals) a little too exact and make it a little too slick sounding. But
with this and 'Unplugged,' it did help me realize that you can make something tight without it being too tight and that's
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The Mini-Biography from the Insert of the "Someone
To Hold" Single
Trey Lorenz is a young man who is already familiar to thousands
of people although they may not know his name! It was Trey's excellent vocals that featured on Mariah Carey's hit single 'I'll
This amazingly talented 23 year-old now makes his debut as a solo
artist with this single 'Someone To Hold,' co-written by Trey and Mariah Carey.
Trey Lorenz was born in South Carolina into a family of music loves,
his own youthful favourites include Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, and the Jackson 5, so it was especialy poignant
when he was asked to guest on Mariah's version of 'I'll Be There.'
Trey Lorenz is an increble talent, a striking new voice singing
for all the world to hear. He's going to be a big star and with a debut single of this quality everyone is going to be aware
of him for a ling time to come.
Trey Lorenz - Just listen.