Trey Lorenz (born Lloyd Lorenz Smith on January 19, 1969 in Florence, South Carolina) is a male R&B singer who started his career supporting Mariah Carey on her 1990 promotional tour and later providing background vocals for her sophomore album, "Emotions."
Trey met Mariah in February of 1990 while he was majoring in advertising during his junior year at Farleigh Dickinson University. He played in a Top 40 band called the Players and was in a short-lived group called Squeak and the Deep.
Notably in 1992, Trey was Mariah's backing singer on her appearance on "MTV Unplugged" where he and Mariah sang a cover version of the Jackson 5's hit song, "I'll Be There." Mariah's "MTV Unplugged" EP was released that year and the song was released as a single which topped the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently after that, Trey was signed a record deal with Epic Records.
During that same year, Trey released his self-titled debut album which peaked at #111 on the Billboard 200, #32 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, and topped Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.
Trey's first single from the album "Someone to Hold" peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, #18 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart & Top 40 Mainstream chart and #5 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks, becoming Trey's biggest solo hit on the Hot 100 to date.
The song was co-written & produced by Mariah, who also provided backup vocals on the track as well.
The second single "Photograph of Mary" peaked at #6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #11 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #46 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
After that, Trey was dropped from his record label. A year later in 1994, he recorded the duet, "She Deserves It" with Polish singer, Basia which was featured on her certified-Gold US album, "The Sweetest Illusion."
After that, Trey went back to being a background vocalist for artists such as Usher, TLC and late Tejano singer, Selena.
In 1997, he began to support Mariah Carey on her albums and concert tours again, and during that same year, he recorded a song called "Make You Happy" that was featured on the "Men in Black" movie soundtrack which was co-written by Mariah and songwriter\record producer, Cory Rooney.
In 2003, Trey was featured in Mariah's "Charmbracelet" tour and was signed to her second short-lived record label, MonarC Entertainment and So So Def Records, but never released any music under the label.
In September of 2006, Trey released his sophomore album "Mr. Mista" on the X-Ray Records label during the time he was featured in Mariah's "The Adventures of Mimi" concert tour singing three songs and doing background vocals.
These days, Trey is still in the music biz and working on a new album which is yet to be released.
To see the music video for "Someone to Hold," go to:
To see a fan-made for "Photograph of Mary," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Just to Be Close to You," go to:
To see a video of Trey performing the song "My Everything" (from Trey's album, "Mr. Mista"), go to:
As a bonus, here's the video of Trey Lorenz and Mariah Carey singing, "I'll Be There" on "MTV Unplugged":
[updated on 04\14\2016]