TREY SONGZ ON TURNING 30, CHARITY WORK, ACTING, AND THROWING HIS HANDS UP IN THE AIR

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I remember vividly waiting for some kind of epiphany to happen. It didn’t. Life moved on… only with more gray hairs. Yep, turning 30 is a milestone no doubt, but it has a different effect on people. It can be a coming of age (goodbye reckless 20s, hello adulthood) or simply a “dirty thirty” vibe in which you go out and paint the town slut. For hit maker Trey Songz, it was a moment to party, reflect on what he’s accomplished musically and personally, and continue world domination.

Earlier this month, Hennessy V.S celebrated Songz’s milestone birthday in style with a private dinner at the Lion in NYC, celebrating the international star’s achievements and drive (he’s sold over 20 million albums and singles), as well as his charity work. The night saw the launch of his 30/30 Acts of Kindness initiative within his Angels with Heart Foundation, which he founded in 2010.

Songz was kind enough to chat with A-Sides before the cognac started flowing and booties started shakin’. Enjoy the interview below, and just for background (in case you’ve been in a bubble), here’s a cheat sheet on Songz: The singer/songwriter debuted with I Gotta Make It in 2005, and has been pretty prolific ever since. He dropped his sixth studio album Trigga last summer, and is working on two follow-ups for it. A three Grammy Awards nominee, Songz is clearly all kinds of awesome. OK, enough. Watch the video, which was filmed by Plotkin, and marvel at the dedication and heart Songz has. And humor. The last question asks him to channel his inner Taio Cruz.

 

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Jon Chattman’s “A-Sides Music” series was established in August 2011 and usually features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles — just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I’m hoping this is refreshing. Artists have included: fun, Courtney Love, Air Supply, Bastille, Vance Joy, Alice Cooper, Echosmith, Charli XCX, Jake Miller, American Authors, Cold War Kids, Imagine Dragons, Gary Clark Jr., and more!A-Sides theme written and performed by Blondfire.

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