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Ginuwine Biography – Childhood, Family, Net Worth & Fatherhood

Ginuwine Biography

Ginuwine is a well-known American musician who started his career as a member of the R&B/hip hop collective Swing Mob. He was also a part of another group named TGT but has found even more success as a solo R&B artist. Ginuwine has put out a number of multi-platinum-selling albums and singles over the years.

Well, having been considered one of the top R&B artists in the 90s and 2000s, it is no surprise that people have shown interest in knowing more about him. Thus, in this biography, we will take a look at his childhood, family, net worth, career, relationship, and fatherhood.

Where Did Ginuwine Grow Up?

The talented artist was born Elgin Baylor Lumpkin in Washington, DC, on October 15, 1970. He grew up alongside his siblings, James Lumpkin III and Latisha Lumpkin but further details about the two have not been revealed. Ginuwine was reportedly named after Elgin Baylor, a fellow DC native who was an NBA legend.

Talking about family, sadly both of Ginuwine’s parents are no longer alive. His father reportedly died by suicide while his mother passed away from cancer a year later. As a result of these heavy losses, the singer-songwriter struggled with depression and he also thought about taking his own life.

But after receiving counseling from his pastor, Ginuwine turned his life into a positive path. Since then the artist has focused on his music and found success in his career.

Did Ginuwine Go To College?

As for his education, Ginuwine was a student at the Forestville High School in Forestville, Maryland. He graduated from the school in 1988 and then enrolled at the Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland.

As per various sources, Ginuwine graduated from the college with a paralegal associate’s degree. But no further details about his study and college life have been revealed. Nonetheless, it is evident that Elgin Lumpkin chose a different path in his life.

When Did Ginuwine Start Making Music Professionally?

Ginuwine’s career as a music artist began in the 1990s when he became a part of the collective Swing Mob. The New York-based music compound and record label was founded by Donald DeGrate aka DeVante Swing and Ginuwine met many rappers, singer-songwriters, and producers there.

Among the many creative individuals he met while at Swing Mob, Lumpkin connected most with songwriter Stephen Garrett aka Static Major, rapper Melissa Elliott aka Missy Elliott, and producer Timothy Mosley aka Timothy. As a result, throughout the 90s, these three were Ginuwine’s main collaborators. They continued to work together even after Swing Mob folded and were a big part of Ginuwine’s debut album, Ginuwine…The Bachelor was released in 1996.

Following this, Ginuwine put out his second solo record, 100% Ginuwine in 1999 which had hit singles So Anxious, None of Ur Friends Business, and Same Ol’ G. He released her third album, The Life in 2001 and it featured the song, Two Reasons I Cry, which he wrote after losing his parents within a year. Since then, Ginuwine has put out four solo projects and one collaborative album which are listed below:

  • The Senior
  • Back II Da Basics
  • A Man’s Thoughts
  • Elgin
  • Three Kings (collaborating with TGT)

Besides working on music, Ginuwine established his own record label named Bag Entertainment in 2002 which later represented artists like Jose Cenquentez. He has also tried his hand at acting having starred in projects such as Chocolate City, Parks and Recreation, Paid in Full, Moesha, and Platinum. 

Well, Ginuwine’s net worth of $1.5 million also includes his earnings from the endorsement he has done for various companies. It is evident that he has found success and fortune in every field he has worked in. We hope he continues to make music and gains even more success in the future.

Is Ginuwine Married?

Talking about his personal life, Ginuwine was once married to rapper Tonya M. Johnston. The pair had first met in June 1999 and started dating in October of the same year. They then got married in September 2003, in the Cayman Islands. Ginuwine and Tonya lived in Maryland and welcomed two daughters, Story Lumpkin, and Dream Sarae Lumpkin.

Sadly, the pair are no longer together and the R&B artist revealed the news of their separation was announced in 2014. Their divorce was finalized in July 2015. Ginuwine’s ex-wife, Tonya, who goes by her stage name, Solé, has since tied the knot with rapper Professor Griff.

On the other hand, Ginuwine himself has not opened up about his other relationships. However, he has welcomed five other children. He had a son named Elgin Lumpkin Jr who was born in 1991 and four kids with three different women. The names of his children are Ginel, Tiffany, Ramonda, and Tahjair. He has also stated that he has two step-children.

Well, Ginuwine has remained secretive about his relationships and children. But we hope in the coming days we will see more of them.