The American Singer-Songwriter and Producer Terius Youngdell Nash, better known as The Dream, was born in Rockingham, NC to mother Reva May Nash of Hawkinsville, GA. His mother moved her first born to Atlanta, GA in 1980 at the request of his grandfather, Aaron "Honey" Nash. Exposed early on to a supreme work ethic, Terius, the grandson of a Master Mason, used that focus and determination to influence his musicianship. Nash was introduced to music through his Band Director Mr. Styles at the age of 8 through a lifetime friend David Garland. He then learned to play the trumpet and drums while in attendance at Grove Park Elementary School. Terius would take his music passion throughout high school receiving several recommendations and awards along the way.
In 1998, he joined a singing group who featured on local legend Raheem's, "Most Beautiful Girl.” Shortly after, the group disassembled and Terius Nash was reborn. By 2003, after sharpening his pen and being sought after locally in Atlanta, the Bankhead prodigy would land his first real record on then platinum group B2K, penning the R&B jam "Everything." This song marked the first time The Dream had been professionally compensated as a Songwriter and earned him his first publishing contract with Peer Music. While Dream saw moderate success in the early 2000’s it was the one record given to the Barbadian princess in 2007 that to this day has been the pivotal record that changed sound and song for his generation. The song was “Umbrella,” a record written along side music legend Tricky Stewart. “Umbrella” would go on to break domestic and international records while on its way to winning the first Grammy for Rihanna and also adding another Gold statue to Shawn “Jay Z” Carter’s discography. This moment in history would pave the way for Terius. He quickly took to the airwaves as a solo artist signing to the LA Reid helmed label Def Jam by Karen Kwak and Shakir Stewart. The Dream was alive and well on his way to the charts lifting two #1 singles "Falsetto" and "I Luv Your Girl," also adding his first Gold album “Love Hate” within a year. He would go on to win BET’s Best New Artist award in 2008.
In 2009, he would release another Gold album "Love vs. Money" at the same time receiving a Grammy for Song of the Year in Global smash hit "Single Ladies" (Beyoncé). Although he would go on to win more Grammys it was that particular one that instantly turned one of Atlanta's most talented stars into a Star Maker. Terius would also go on to win Grammys for “All of the Lights" (Kanye West, Rihanna) and “No Church In the Wild” (Watch The Throne [Jay Z, Kanye West] feat. The Dream & Frank Ocean). While also breaking artists such as Justin Bieber with the smash hit "Baby" and also breaking Elvis Presley's record of Number 1’s, with the song “Touch My Body” by Super Star Songstress Mariah Carey. It’s safe to say Nash has secured a place that many covet their entire life, earning him the title and name “The American Dream.”