Robin Thicke has notched a slew of hit records and has written a bunch of great songs for other artists. Yet, he will forever be known for his 2013 smash hit, “Blurred Lines.” The song was written by Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I. Williams and T.I. are featured on the track and in the video.
“Blurred Lines” is also one of the most successful singles of all-time having sold 15 million copies worldwide. The ultra-catchy song went to number one in several countries including the United States, Canada, France, Ireland, and New Zealand.
Robin Thicke is the son of actor Alan Thicke and singer-actress Gloira Loring. Alan Thicke is Canadian and starred in the television sitcom Growing Pains. Gloira Loring is American and starred in Days of Our Lives. Thicke has dual citizenship.
Robin’s father wanted his son to graduate high school before pursuing a career in music. With his father unwilling to pay for a demo, Robin found financial assistance from jazz singer Al Jarreau. Thanks to Jarreau’s charity, Robin’s vocal group, As One, was able to record a four-track demo.
Brian McKnight eventually heard the demo and was very impressed with Thicke’s ability. He invited Thicke into the studio to learn about the craft and make some music. Thicke was 14 at the time. Amazingly, McKnight recorded a song he co-wrote with Thicke called “Anyway.” The tune appears on McKnight’s sophomore effort.
Thanks to McKnight’s tutelage, Thicke secured a recording contract when he 16. He began living on his own when he was 17 and still in high school. Thicke supported himself by producing and writing songs.
Thicke’s debut album, A Beautiful World, dropped in April of 2003. It languished on the charts. The singer experienced much better results with his sophomore release, The Evolution of Robin Thicke, in 2006.
In 2007, Blake Lewis performed Thicke’s “When I Get You Alone” on American Idol. That song was also performed on Glee. That’s not Thicke’s only brush with the Fox singing competition. In 2009, Thicke co-headlined a tour with former contestant Jennifer Hudson. In 2012, Thicke was a celebrity judge on the ABC singing competition Duets alongside the very first American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson.