Ginuwine (born Elgin Baylor Lumpkin on October 15 1975 in Washington, DC) is an American R&B singer and an occasional actor. Signed to Epic Records since the mid-1990s, Ginuwine has released a number of platinum-selling albums and singles, becoming one of the most successful R&B artists of his period.
Ginuwine attended and graduated from Forestville High School in Forestville, Maryland and Prince Georges Community College in Largo, Maryland with a paralegal degree, and he soon afterwards broke into the music industry, becoming a part of Jodeci member Devante's Swing Mob collective. Ginuwine can be spotted in one of Jodeci's videos. There, he met rapper Missy Elliott and producer Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley, who became his main collaborators through the 1990s. Ginuwine's first single, 1996's "Pony" from Ginuwine...The Bachelor, showcased his smooth vocals and Timbaland's innovative production style, and the two became a hit-making duo.