People told Tyrese that his 2011 album, Open Invitation, would be a flop. They said that he wouldn't be able to get the project to fans without the backing of a major label. But not one to listen to naysayers, Tyrese moved forward anyway, and now Open Invitation is up for Best R&B Album at this Sunday's Grammy Awards show.
"Winning would be not just a win," Tyrese tells ABC News Radio. Sure, he's been nominated for Grammys in the past, but this time things are different. Taking home the trophy for Best R&B album "would be yet another confirmation from God," Tyrese says.
For five years, Tyrese tells ABC News Radio that he tried to turn his back on music. "And [God] said to me, He revealed to me through my prayers one night, 'It's time to make another album. People miss what you bring to music,'" Tyrese recalls.
So Tyrese did as he was told, and set out to make an album. He says that he foot the bill for his entire project, even recording his hit single, "Stay," in his garage. "I was obedient," Tyrese says. "I did unconventional, untraditional things all across the board to get the music that was made. I did a bunch of things that I've never done before, musically, and I did it independent."
Tyrese points to the success of "Stay" as evidence that Open Invitation "was a blessed project from the beginning." If a Grammy presenter calls Tyrese up to the podium Sunday night, he says, "I will be standing on that stage, like, looking up at God, like, 'Wow. This is what happens when you tell me to do something and I do it?' So, the win would be a different kind of win."
Excited about the possibilities, Tyrese says, "I've been practicing. I've been having speeches revealed to me in my sleep. It's been crazy."
Tyrese's Open Invitation is up against some serious competition in the Best R&B Album category. Projects from Robert Glasper Experiment, Anthony Hamilton, R. Kelly and Tamia are also in the running for the trophy.
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