Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, commonly known by his stage name Ginuwine, started his musical career in 1991 as part of Swing Mob before signing with Epic Records to go solo and becoming one of the leading R&B artists of the 90s and 2000s.
Early Life and Education
Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, better known by his stage name Ginuwine, was born on October 15, 1970 in Washington DC to both deceased parents, James III and Latisha Lumpkin (deceased). Ginuwine’s mother was an avid basketball fan; therefore she named her son after NBA great Elgin Baylor as an honorary name.
Ginuwine earned his high school diploma at Forestville Military Academy and later went on to obtain a Paralegal Associate Degree at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland. Ginuwine first began his musical career with Swing Mob before working with Missy Elliott, Timbaland, and other artists such as Sean Paul.
Ginuwine married Tonya M. Johnston, better known by her nickname Sole, in 1999 and had two daughters with her: Story born in 2001 and Dream Sarae born two years later. Ginuwine also has five other children from previous relationships as well as two stepchildren.
Ginuwine began his career in Rochester New York’s Swing Mob record label and music compound during the early 1990s, where he met Missy Elliott, Stephen Garrett and Timbaland. Ginuwine wrote the hit Pony which appeared in Grand Theft Auto IV video game and released his debut collection Ginuwine…the Bachelor male later that same year.
He is an extremely gifted musician renowned for his smooth sound and spectacular dance moves that have won him many fans. Additionally, he has participated in various projects like acting and doing endorsements.
He is one of two siblings; James III is his elder sibling while Latisha is his younger. Tonya M. Johnston (known professionally as Sole) is his wife; they share two children. Additionally, there are two stepchildren to his enumeration.
Achievement and Honors
Ginuwine is an exceptional artist known for his dynamic talents. He has collaborated with world-renowned hip hop and R&B producers like Timbaland, Mos-ley, Missy Elliott, SWV, Aaliyah and Dru Hill as well as acting roles such as Juwanna Mann (2002).
He grew up with two siblings: James III Lumpkin (his older brother) and Latisha Lumpkin (his younger sister). However, unlike their well-known singer sibling James III Lumpkin, James’ family often shied away from media attention and rarely appeared in headlines or photos.
He attended Forestville Military Academy (now Forestville High School) before enrolling at Prince George Community College in Largo, Maryland and earning his paralegal assistant degree. He has nine children between seven daughters and two sons from four women he’s fathered through.
Ginuwine was born Elgin Baylor Lumpkin on October 15, 1970 in Washington DC. He began his musical career with Swing Mob, before leaving and signing to Epic Records as a solo act. Since then, Ginuwine has released various top-rated albums and singles which earned him recognition among R&B artists during the late 90s and mid 2000s.
He is survived by two siblings – his brother James III and sister Latisha (his parents James II and Sandra have since passed). Tonya M. Johnston (also known as Sole) is his spouse, with whom they share two children together.
He and Sole are parents to nine children: Ginel Lumpkin, Story Asaundra Lumpkin, Elgin Lumpkin Jr and Dream Sarae Lumpkin – living together with them in Washington State with Sole. Additionally he has two stepchildren from other relationships of Sole.
Ginuwine is an incredible multi-talented artist renowned for crafting songs of love, struggle, and despair. Behind his silky voice and intricate tailoring is a man whose life reflects its artistry in music.
Elgin Baylor Lumpkin was born October 15, 1970 in Washington DC and attended Forestville Military Academy (then Forestville High School). Later he earned an associate degree in paralegal studies from Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) Largo Campus in Maryland.
He is father to Story and Dream Sarae and is divorced. From September 2003 until 2015 he was married to Sole, an infamous rapper known for her music career and known for her famed hit “Soul of America”. Out of nine total children from relationships past or present he has two from ex-wives as well as five others he had before they split and two stepchildren; unfortunately no current relationships.