Elgin Baylor Lumpkin better known by his stage name Ginuwine, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. Ginuwine began his career as a member of Swing Mob in the early 1990s. Signing to Epic Records as a solo artist in the mid-1990s, Ginuwine has released a number of multi-platinum and platinum-selling albums and singles, becoming one of R&B’s top artists during the late 1990s and early 2000s. He had significant commercial success with his first four albums: Ginuwine…The Bachelor (2× Platinum), 100% Ginuwine (2× Platinum), The Life (Platinum), and The Senior (Gold). According to Billboard, Ginuwine has sold roughly 10 million albums in the US.Ginuwine began his career as a member of Swing Mob, a Rochester, New York-based record label and music compound founded by Donald “DeVante Swing” DeGrate, a member of popular 90’s R&B group Jodeci. There, he met rapper Melissa “Missy” Elliott, singer-songwriter Stephen “Static Major” Garrett and producer Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley, who became his main collaborators through the 1990s. After Swing Mob folded, they continued working together on different projects, one of which was Ginuwine’s 1996 debut album, titled Ginuwine…The Bachelor. The first single, “Pony” showcased his smooth vocals and Timbaland’s innovative production style, and the two became a hit-making duo. “Pony” peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is still relevant today with the smooth upbeat tempos. It was used in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV in 2008. In 2012, “Pony” was featured in a striptease dance performed by Channing Tatum in the film Magic Mike. Mike Patton and Rahzel together perform a cover of “Pony” during their concerts. Ginuwine covered Prince’s “When Doves Cry” single from the movie soundtrack Purple Rain.
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