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After releasing the best-selling book ,’How to get out of your own way’, starring in both best-selling Movies ‘Transformers 3’ and ‘Fast Five’ , Tyrese Gibson takes time to return to his musical roots and provide his first studio album in five years – Open Invitation. Released through his own music label Voltron Recordz, the comeback project serves as a welcoming reminder of solid R&B.

The Weekly Diary had the opportunity to speak with Tyrese and find out more about his first #1 Album ‘Open invitation’.

Hello. First things first, congratulations on your first #1 album and #1 single, ‘Stay’.  How does it  feel to be back  in the music scene , where you originally started?

Tyrese: Thank you very much and to be honest, I just really wanted to come back in the music scene. I wanted a different feeling, something original. You see a lot of artists these days with producers/ managers telling them what kind of clothes to wear, what song to sing etc. I just wanted to get away and focus and now I’m back. I’m not just back, but back with my first ever #1 Album.


Do you think before you came back R&B had changed? What inspired you to come back?

Tyrese: For me, it’s just God. I believe if God is not in it, it won’t last. I’m  glad artists like Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz and R-Kelly are keeping R&B music alive. If not for them, R&B would have been long dead. I’m not competitive, I wanted to come back and be independent – best thing I’ve ever done in my life.

Do you think with all the success with your acting, writing and your album has changed your life and the people around you?

Tyrese:  Sacrifice – it’s not everyone you come with, goes with you. Recognise people that don’t belong. You think are they adding to your life or are they taking away ? At this point I don’t care, I just cut them off.

What’s your daughter ‘Shayla’ favourite track on the album?

Tyrese:  Ooh she likes ‘Fireworks’ and she loves ‘Stay’. She knows all the words to ‘Stay’ and she’s just four years old. *Sings a few lyrics *

Just a couple of days ago you released a video for the making of ‘Open Invitation’. You seem to be a private person, what made you want to open and share your home with fans around the world?

Tyrese: It’s all about motivation and inspiration. In just two days, after uploading the video, we got 6.5 million views – can you believe that? People want to know! People are interested!

The Making Of Open Invitation  

With the success of your movies and your book, are you working on any new projects?

Tyrese: Well for the book, not yet, but yeah I’m working on some upcoming movies. Right now, I’m focusing on my music, trying to get it across the world.

You got fans who have been waiting for you to come back and with the success of your #1 album ‘Open Invitation’, should we expect a tour anytime soon?

Tyrese: Oh yeah, I am definitely planning a tour, probably from right the top of the year I’ll do a few cities. I will try my best to  meet the fans and get to know them. It’s all about the fans, their love and their energy.


Now, I just have to ask you this question or I would be in big trouble with your female fans. Describe your ideal woman?

Tyrese:*Laughs* Well my ideal woman got to be different, loving, caring, smart, educated, inspired, beautiful and got to be sexy…I love sexy women. My ideal woman got to be fun, like you get some sexy woman that are boring as hell. I like to go to dinner with a woman and when I leave, feel like I’ve gained something, someone fun to be with.

Well thank you so much for the interview and hopefully we’ll get to interview you for your next album. Good luck with everything and we wish you the all the best.

Tyrese: Thank you!! Thank The Weekly Dairy and hopefully we will meet again. Spread the word and thank you.

Tyrese – Stay

Tyrese Ft Ludacris – Too Easy

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  1. nabila

    November 25, 2011 at 11:43 am

    The interview was awesome with everything we need to know abt him,his movies , his book, and most especially his new album, thanks for updating us shmadee ,keep the gud work up
    Am so glad to hear that his gonna have a tour soon
    i hope he wud come to Qatar though

  2. fatima

    November 26, 2011 at 1:10 am

    i loved the interview specially this part about his daughter ” ‘Fireworks’ and she loves ‘Stay’. She knows all the words to ‘Stay’ and she’s just four years old” i would love if he could upload some vids of his daughter singing it : i bet it would be soo beautiful jusst like this interview

    and ur question about the ideal woman looool ..when iwas reading it i was shocked when i didn’t see sexy lol i knew it would be there somewhere …and he even said it twice :p
    i just loved the whole thing ..thanx for the updating and i also hope he comes to qatar in his tour (:

  3. Ibtihal

    November 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Great job shmadee , thank you for updating us with latest news , and can’t wait for the upcoming movie and songs

  4. Ayka

    November 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    great interview
    love all d questions
    i also hope h ll come to Qatar
    keep it up girl its awesome 🙂

  5. Rana

    November 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    great interview!! reallyy good questions hun! u did amazing! 🙂 xx

  6. Capri

    November 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Great work hun. Looking forward to reading more of your work. Hope all goes well for you. x

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