Born & Raised:
Born: Robin Charles Thicke on March 10, 1977; raised in the Los Angeles area.
Robin Thicke is the son of Canadian actor Alan Thicke and singer-actress Gloria Loring. As a pre-teen and teenager, he made a string of appearances on TV shows, but ultimately decided to pursue a career in music instead of acting.
While still in his mid-to-late teens, he signed a record deal with Interscope Records subsidiary Nu America, headed by well-known music mogul Andre Harrell. Initially, he focused on songwriting, and crafted lyrics for several R&B acts, including Brandy, Mya and Usher.
Stepping Into the Spotlight:
Eventually, Thicke began to work on material for his own debut album. His debut album was going to be released under the title Cherry Blue Skies on Nu America/Interscope in October 2002. However, eventually his label repackaged and released the album with new songs included under the title A Beautiful World in 2003. The woman who appears on the album's cover is said to be his wife, the actress Paula Patton.
To date, A Beautiful World has still sold under 100,000 copies, but has been a critical success. Rap artist Lil' Wayne recorded a remake of Thicke's song "Oh, Shooter" (retitled "Shooter"), which can be found on Wayne's 2005 album, The Carter II. The two performed the song on "The Tonight Show" on Jan. 6, 2006.
Afterward, through word-of-mouth, it became a minor hit, with their performance on the show being spread via numerous Internet sites, thereby raising Thicke's profile in the music world.
In 2005, hitmaker Pharell Williams (who's half of the Neptunes production duo) took an interest in Thicke's career and brought Thicke (now going by his full name, Robin Thicke) to the Star Trak imprint, which like Nu America, is an imprint of Interscope Records.
After many delays and pushbacks, Thicke's second album, The Evolution of Robin Thicke, was released in October 2006. Thanks to the surprise hit ballad "Lost Without U," the album became a success. Thicke's third album, Something Else, dropped in September 2008 and established Thicke as a bona fide, respected R&B/Soul artist who wasn't a one-hit wonder.
2009: Sex Therapy
2008: Something Else
2006: The Evolution of Robin Thicke
2003: A Beautiful World
The Last Word:
"My mom was the singer and my dad was the schmoozer. He's the king of the schmooze." -- Robin Thicke, to livedaily.com, in May 2006.