Bobby Valentino was born Bobby Wilson on February 27, 1982 in
Jackson, Mississippi. He was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He currently
resides in Los Angeles, California.
is the R & B singer who first entered the music scene in 1996
with the now-defunct youth quartet Mista. Some years after Mista
disbanded, Valentino enrolled in Clark-Atlanta University where
he majored in Mass Communications, graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor
of Arts degree.
Boyz II Men-styled group had a hit in 1996 with the single "Blackberry
Molasses" but the album didn't follow in the same success
and despite a second album being produced by Tim & Bob it
was never released.
to management issues the group decided to split and the members
decided to go their separate ways. Despite the short-lived success
of the group Bobby still believes it wasn't a bad experience but
a "learning experience".
from University in 2003, Bobby decided to focus on music again
and, armed with three albums of demos, he set out to pursue his
music career dream. The demos reached Poon Daddy who then forwarded
them onto Ludacris and Shaka Zulu and "the rest is history"
as Bobby says.
(nicknamed "Valentino" because he was due to be born
on Valentines day), under the label Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP),
then collaborated with production team Tim & Bob on his current
album "Disturbing Tha Peace Presents...Bobby Valentino"
which includes the number 1 smash hit "Slow Down" as
well as "Tell Me" and "Give me a chance" which
currently signed with Def Soul music imprint and is a member of
Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace clique. His first single from his
"Slow Down" is the first single from his self-titled
debut album, and has received much radio and TV airplay.