With chart-topping hits like "Lost Without U", 30-year-old R&B singer Robin Thicke is becoming a household name. While his recent popularity may seem like sudden success to some, Robin says he's been trying to forge a singing career since childhood. Gayle talks with Robin about realizing his dreams and about his successful music career.
Robin says he wanted to be a singer since he was young. "When I was child I wanted to sing and be on stage—you know you have that first dream of yours," he says. He released his first album at age 16, but when it wasn't successful, he says he decided to pursue other areas of the music industry. As a songwriter and producer, Robin says he was behind hit songs for artists like Usher. "I still was writing and producing for a lot of other people, but I was very involved and accomplished in my own right as a songwriter and producer," Robin says.
Growing up, Robin says his parents were supportive of his career, but cautiously optimistic, too. His dad, Alan Thicke—of the popular sitcom Growing Pains—and his mom, Gloria Loring—a singer who also starred in the soap opera Days of Our Lives—both wrote music. "My dad was very nervous because they know about the heartache in this business," Robin says.
Now, 14 years after his first solo album attempt, Robin says his dream of being a professional singer has come true. He says he is incredibly grateful. "I thank God all day," he says. "When I wake up, when I lay down, when I am in the shower—just all day, I say thank you, thank you for everything, because it is just all overwhelming sometimes."
Printed from Oprah.com on Friday, December 13, 2013