Robin released his first album at age 16, but even he admits it wasn't that great. "I kind of started hiding for a long time because I was afraid of not being very good." Then, at 23, he decided to refocus his energy and find his way back.
After a second album that he says was a critical success but commercial flop, he kept at it. Robin's third album, The Evolution of Robin Thicke, skyrocketed him to a hard-won success. "I just kept fighting, and the harder it got and the more doors that were closed on me, I would just go back to the piano, and I would just write more songs because that was the only thing that gave me hope," he says.