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    When the curtain pulled back and the star looked in the faces of hundreds of teenagers shouting out his name, he could have been on any stage at any place in the country. But this time, it was different. The stage looked all too familiar, and even some of the people in the crowd looked familiar.

    It was, in fact, very familiar. After the many stages, the many award shows, the many appearances on national and international programs and the millions of fans, the star had come back home to Petersburg.

    For the first time in years, the star know as Trey Songz - who had skyrocketed to international fame and two Grammy nominations - had returned to where everything began. Back to the place where he could leave Trey Songz behind and just be Tremaine Aldon Neverson.

    When Trey Songz gave a surprise concert at Petersburg High School two days before Thanksgiving last year, he didn't try to hide his roots. He was proud to show them.

    "I want to let you know, I am from this city," he told the crowd in the packed auditorium. "Every time you see me on TV at some awards show or you hear me on the radio, I want you to remember that I am from this city," he said. "Anything you see me do, you can do better. Nothing is impossible, and it all starts right here at home."

    And after Trey Songz walked off that stage, after he shook hands with fans, former teachers and local officials and walked towards his proud mother, who was waiting for him wearing a smile in her face, Trey became Tremaine again. At least for the two days that he would spend at home, in Petersburg.

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on January 4, 2010 - 1:09pm

When the curtain pulled back and the star looked in the faces of hundreds of teenagers shouting out his name, he could have been on any stage at any place in the country. But this time, it was different. The stage looked all too familiar, and even some of the people in the crowd looked familiar.

It was, in fact, very familiar. After the many stages, the many award shows, the many appearances on national and international programs and the millions of fans, the star had come back home to Petersburg.

For the first time in years, the star know as Trey Songz - who had skyrocketed to international fame and two Grammy nominations - had returned to where everything began. Back to the place where he could leave Trey Songz behind and just be Tremaine Aldon Neverson.

When Trey Songz gave a surprise concert at Petersburg High School two days before Thanksgiving last year, he didn't try to hide his roots. He was proud to show them.

"I want to let you know, I am from this city," he told the crowd in the packed auditorium. "Every time you see me on TV at some awards show or you hear me on the radio, I want you to remember that I am from this city," he said. "Anything you see me do, you can do better. Nothing is impossible, and it all starts right here at home."

And after Trey Songz walked off that stage, after he shook hands with fans, former teachers and local officials and walked towards his proud mother, who was waiting for him wearing a smile in her face, Trey became Tremaine again. At least for the two days that he would spend at home, in Petersburg.

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LuckyMC's picture

What a great article. There is nothing like living your dreams and never forgetting where you came from and who got you there.
p_kiss's picture

i lov u trey so much keep showing yo lov 2 your fan baby xoxoxxo
JLO Int'l's picture

After reading this Trey, I'm down for u till de end!! Ur such a special soul sent from above. U're here for a reason and remember to give God the praise cuz He deserves it!! He has blessed you so you can bless someone else in turn - remember that. Yuh too sexy doah - Got me gine all Bajan pon you and ting!!!
Daniee0220's picture

awww thats cuteee
nakeesha's picture

aww thats cute n good to kno thats there is such a great, positive n motivational side of u....love u soo much........u di best baby boy...xoxo
murdagurl220@yahoo.com's picture

I Love him more after reading this article
MsJJBabyee's picture

sniff sniff, i really did get teary eyed reading the whole thing , I would just like to thank ms. April for having the strength to raise a son at 17 cuz im 17 and i sure know i cant! i know she must be so proud of her baby and all he has grown up to be ! he has come such a long way and the good thing is that his journey is nowhere close to being over. Love you trey trey keep your eyes steady on the prize there's more in store for you i just know it!
Neeka76's picture

AWWWWEEEEEE Just when I thought I couldnt love him anymore TREY youve done it again made me fall in love. Its a proud moment youve done Petersburg well and I would like to thank them for helping frame TREY SONGZ and for also helping make TREMAINE the man he is
blank's picture

yah trey u go boi...i mean bah humbug!
tammarasears's picture

this is so sweet:) its good to see that there are some celebrities that still have such a good heart and does things outta generosity and not for publicity. We love you Tremaine. Any woman would be willing to kill (i know i would) ust to have this kind of person in there life. I believe this what makes me a fanactic and not to mention obsessed over Trey cause after all the success he knows who he is where he come from and he is still the same person he was in VA whether he is n NY CALI OR wherever. Your mom is an amazing person to have such perseverance (not sure if the spelling correct but oh well) and strength to raise an amazing son and push you to your success. May GOD bless you and your family. Follow me at twitter.com/MzTammaraYuuup
mrworker bee's picture

i would like to take this time to thank god for giving life to rose who gave life to april who gave birth to a star on November 28 1984 if i could meet anyone in the world it would be his mom april and grandma rose i want to be in the presence of two strong women who kept trey humble when noone else gave him a chance to be in that company would be the greatest gift ever cant forget about troy who kept him under his wings in nj when he was 18 and top make the day come to a complete end of coarse trey would have to grace me with his presence....where the genie at i need this wish to come true...yuuupp
Onyxlibra7's picture

"(He) get from his mama"...Literally everything that he is IS contributed to God and what his mom DIDN'T have.It helped make him the man he is and strives to be.S/O's to all the mama's! And thank you Ms. Tucker!! "Trey-bay u da best..."-Drake- mmmm..mwah Trey.Thank you for being the man that HE'S called you to be. :) We know it's hard.
Uneek_Chic_2's picture

Tremaine continue to remain humble, you are a blessed young man, I get so inspired when I read your story, its so amazing. May God continue to bless you and your family.
Ms.Lake's picture

Your humility is undeniable. When listening to your songs like Gotta Make it, Fed from a womens hand and Misunderstood It makes me repect you so much more. I can relate to a lot of the things you speak about in your lyrics as well as interviews. You are truly an inspiration. What an amazing worth ethic you have. May God continue to bless you in all that you do!
mihzzsongz's picture

Thats a touching story and its good ta hear that ur famil nd friends take u as Tremaine nd not Trey :)
Ms. Feisty_2's picture

xoxoxo.........Few Can Come Across Like That...Thats Y U D Best 2 Me.....Trigga Songz!!!!!!!!!!!
SB_2's picture

Thanks for sharing your story. It's good to hear when people believe in themselves and keep the faith to make it flourish into a reality. Keep doing you boo and only change up to make it better. Your humility makes me appreciate you as an artist even more. Your mom is a strong woman and I admire her endurance and strength.
Rolanda4's picture

I love your humility.
treykereen's picture

awwww how nice
ayyplus's picture

A positive, inspirational MAN. Kudos Mr Neverson.........
THE REALEST WOMAN ALIVE's picture

I love that he is still him self and doesn't want to change who he is and where he came from and this is y i love him
TreyAngel_Dasha Valresa's picture

Aww that brought tears to my eyes lolz Nice...and love the fact that trey is still representing where he's from and not claimin something else cuz alot of celebs do that
Virgo_Babii87's picture

See this is why ppl love...after reading this ppl will respect you more for who you are and they will be thankful for what you are doing...Me myself after reading this just made me fall head over hills all over again for you, you truly are a remarkable person.
AwesomeRabe's picture

I just fell in love all over again. You are a truly remarkable young man and for your loving and compassionate heart, strong will to achieve and give back - you will continually be abundantly blessed.
SaSSy AnGeL's picture

Reading this story really made me LOVE and RESPECT you even more so.....YOUR AMAZING!!!!!
lilymichelle's picture

Trey is such an inspiration to me...I didn't grow up with nothing, but I grew up respecting my mother & wanting to give her everything when I got it. From reading this I unerstand how much Trey has given his family, & given to the kids in Petersburg. The fact that he comes back home to show these kids there is more out there in life is amazing. I hope he finds a woman who will give him the same kind of love he'll give her.
Ima_T_Angel's picture

WoW!!!!

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