Ginuwine is the father of nine amazing kids, Award-nominated singer, songwriter, and actor. Ginuwine is the 2021 recipient of Black Music Honors Urban Music Icon Award.
Elgin B. Lumpkin, better known by his stage name Ginuwine, a native of Maryland, is a Grammy-nominated, legendary American singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, and philanthropist. Ginuwine’s career began in the early ‘90s as a Swing Mob member, an R&B/hip-hop collective consisting of artists and record labels based in Rochester, New York. The record label and music compound were founded and led by Donald Degrate, better known as “DeVante Swing, “ a popular 90’s R&B group Jodeci. With a multifaceted talent foundation,
Ginuwine signed to Epic Records as a solo artist in the mid-1990s; this was the entry to becoming a multi-million-records-sold artist that has captivated audiences worldwide. Growing up with admiration of the legendary, iconic Michael Jackson and amazing dance talent, he is an entertainer true at heart. His ability to
take the art of music, the craft of dance, and the showmanship of a true entertainer.
Carrying a large international audience, Ginuwine is selling out shows worldwide, in countries such as Africa, Australia, and Canada, to name a few. His passion does not stop there; collaborations, movies, stage plays, and brand ambassadors add to his colorful kaleidoscope of skills. With new music and more in the works, Ginuwine is the “Same Ol G.” His passion for his craft remains
unwavering, and he is gearing to bring more.
As a crooner and legendary artist in the industry for 20+ years, the momentum remains high, sold-out concerts, festivals, tours worldwide—2018 90’s Block Party Tour and the RnB Friday’s Live Tour Australia both with legendary lineups; Teddy Riley, Usher, Trey Songz, Salt-N-Pepa, and more. Acknowledging his multifaceted talent, Ginuwine pivoted into the acting arena, adding to his repertoire. He was cast as R&B singer “Romeo” in the film Juwanna Mann, appeared in several Moesha episodes as Khalib, and appeared on Half & Half as R.J. Jackson. Off-screen, Ginuwine co-starred in the Gospel Music Chan-nel’s debut of John Ruffin’s stage play The Ideal Husband, starring Darrin Dewitt Henson, Jackée Harry, Clifton Powell, Shirley Murdock, Shanti Lowry, and Erica Hubbard. He also appeared as himself in the NBC series Parks and Recreation. In 2018 Ginuwine entered the UK reality show Celebrity Big Brother 21. There is no limit to his talent!
When asked what receiving the Urban Legend Award meant to him Ginwine humorously stated that it was long overdue but that he was eternally grateful for the recognition.
Fun Fact: Ginuwine co-wrote “Miss You” by Aaliyah for her self-titled third studio album. The song remained unreleased until the compilation album I Care 4 U, serving as its leading single. The music video for Miss You commemorated her death with some of her famous friends like; DMX (now deceased), Missy Elliot, Tweet, Toni Braxton, Tank, Lil Kim, Queen Latifah, AJ & Free, Nick Cannon, Playa, Jamie Foxx, Jaheiam, and Ananda Lewis