10 March 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA. The son of actors Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring, Robin Thicke made a name for himself at the start of the new millennium as a songwriter before launching his own career with a series of slick, pop soul records. Thicke spent his childhood and early teens immersed in music, and was no doubt inspired by the success enjoyed by his mother in 1986 with her adult contemporary hit Friends & Lovers. For a brief period in his early teens Thicke followed his father into the world of television sitcoms, appearing in The Wonder Years and, the show his father made his name in, Growing Pains. Nevertheless, by his late teens Thicke had decided to concentrate on a music career. He signed a publishing contract with Interscope Records and they were able to place hit songs with artists including Marc Anthony, Christina Aguilera, Brandy, Brian McKnight and Usher. A solo contract with the Interscope distributed Nu America label led to the recording of his debut album Cherry Blue Skies, which was released under the Thicke moniker in 2002. Thickes funky R&B sound earned comparisons to contemporary white soulster Remy Shand and attracted some polite notices in the music press. The album was re-released the following year with its title changed to A Beautiful World, and featuring a provocative image of Paula Patton (later Thickes wife) on the cover. Despite the reissue, the album failed to make much of an impact on the US charts, but was notable seller on the Australian and European markets owing to the chart success of the single When I Get You Alone.
Thicke subsequently returned to writing and production work, but a growing fanbase for his debut album led to a new recording contract with leading production team the Neptunes vanity label, Star Trak. He worked with Neptunes supremo Pharrell Williams on The Evolution Of Robin Thicke, which was released under his full name at the end of 2006. The album received greater publicity than its predecessor, owing in no small part to Thickes affinity with the currently hot Justin Timberlake and Williams skilful production on pitch perfect pop soul tracks such as Wanna Love U Girl and Can U Believe.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.