Robin Thicke (left, in 2003) grew up in a Hollywood
family. The son of singer and soap opera star Gloria Loring and actor Alan Thicke
("Growing Pains"). Robin taught himself piano when he was 11 years
old. He was only 14 when Brian McKnight heard his demo tape. Thicke ended up co-writing
a song for McKnight's album, "I Remember You," released in 1995.
By 16 Thicke was signed to Interscope Records,
and was writing songs for artists like Usher and Christina Aguilera. But his
first solo album, in 2002, bombed.
"I was devastated," he told
correspondent Anthony Mason. "That's why my second album, 'The Evolution
of Robin Thicke,' was really all about trying to believe in myself and find
some spirituality and self love without the accolades and the record
That record produced his first hit song, "Lost