Ginuwine (Elgin Baylor Lumpkin) was born onOctober 15, 1970 in Washington, DC, known by his stage name Ginuwine, is an American R&B singer and an occasional actor.
Signed to Epic Records since the mid-1990s, Ginuwine has released a number of platinum-selling albums and singles, becoming one of the most successful R&B artists of his period. Ginuwine graduated from Forestville High School in Forestville, Maryland in 1989.
He later graduated from Prince Georges Community College in Largo, Maryland with a paralegal degree, and he soon afterwards broke into the music industry, becoming a part of Jodeci member Devante's Swing Mob collective in the early 1990s. Ginuwine can be spotted in one of Jodeci's videos.
There, he met rapper Missy Elliott and producer Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley, who became his main collaborators through the 1990s. Ginuwine's first single, 1996's "Pony" from Ginuwine...The Bachelor, showcased his smooth vocals and Timbaland's innovative production style, and the two became a hit-making duo.
In May 2007, an album entitled I Apologize was released in stores. Although attributed to Ginuwine, the release was an unauthorized album only includes three Ginuwine songs - apparently from stolen masters - and ten songs by other artists. Ginuwine spoke against the unofficial release on both his MySpace page and through YouTube.
In 2007, Ginuwine also collaborated with Canadian hip-hop artist Belly in the latter's debut solo song "Pressure" which was featured in Belly's debut album the Revoultion, released in June 2007.