TRESTON RETURNS AFTER HIS HIATUS: he moves from his “badass” Bronx native hustler persona to the softer more melodic R & B narratives that have him and the listener crooning.
The R&B singer of High Five known for hits such as “I like the Way (The Kissing Game)” which was a #1 hit while signed with Jive Records along with many other top ten songs is back from his long hiatus. “Everything” a track from his new CD embodies his commitment to music and his comeback.
Now, after time away from the stage, singer/songwriter Treston Irby (aka Trus) is stepping back into the spotlight with a new solo CD in production. Trus was in the original R&B platinum group Hi-Five, which was signed to Jive Records and released their first album, in 1990. This album went multi-platinum and was produced by award-winning hit maker Teddy Riley; it included such singles as “I Just Can’t Handle It”, “I Can’t Wait Another Minute”, and their biggest hit to date, “I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)”, which went to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The group enjoyed mainstream success and received comparisons to many of their R&B counterparts, namely New Edition. Trus has recorded songs with R. Kelly, Eric Foster White, Teddy Riley, Vincent Herbert, Timmy Allen, and D. Nice to name a few.
Hi-Five’s second LP, Keep It Goin’ On, came out in 1992. Several tracks from this album, including “She’s Playing Hard To Get” and the R. Kelly-penned “Quality Time” received major airplay and appeared on Billboards top 100 songs. In 1993, Hi-Five produced a third album, Faithful, which featured the songs “Unconditional Love” from the Movie Menace to Society and “Never Should Have Let You Go” from Whoopi Goldbergs’ Sister Act II.
At the time when High-Five disbanded and Trus stepped out of the public eye, the group had 10 top singles on U.S. Billboards Hot 100. Some of Trus awards include the key to the city of Dallas, Texas and being inducted into the Waco, Tx music hall of fame on March 24th to receive the Music Association of Central Texas Groovy Award. While out of the spotlight he always stayed connected to making music, promoting and supporting new artists.
Acknowledging that times, technology and music have changed since his hiatus, the reception Trus received during his recent public appearances made it seem as though he never left. On a night in Boston when he performed a three song set with Bobby Brown he left the crowd rocking.