Durrell Babbs (born January 1, 1976), better known by his stage name Tank, is an American R&B singer, songwriter and producer.
Tank was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and moved with his family as a child to the Washington, D.C. suburb of Clinton, Maryland. He was a multi-sport athlete at Crossland High School and was offered the opportunity to play college football. However Tank decided to focus on music and his talent eventually led him to an opportunity to sing background vocals for Ginuwine during one of Ginuwine's tours.
In 2001, following Ginuwine's successful tour Tank released his debut album Force of Nature which spawned the R&B Top Ten single "Maybe I Deserve".
In 2002, Tank released his second album One Man and a single of the same name.
Tank released his third solo album entitled Sex, Love & Pain on May 15, 2007. The lead single was intended to be "I Luv Dem Girls", but for unknown reasons the song was given to Marques Houston who renamed it "Strip Club" (intending to place it on his third solo album Veteran). However, "Strip Club" did not make Veteran so the final single was the Timbaland remix to "I Luv Dem Girls". The second single was "Please Don't Go". Later in the year Tank, Ginuwine and Tyrese Gibson formed a group called TGT. Their first single was a remix of "Please Don't Go" with an international tour entitled The Shirts Off Tour and search for a fourth member to follow. The group later split.
Tank released his fourth studio album, Now or Never, on December 14, 2010. Tank collaborated with other artists on this project like Chris Brown, Drake, Letoya Luckett and many other artists. The singles were "Sex Music", "I Can't Make You Love Me", and "Emergency".
Tank's songwriting and production credits include working with Dave Hollister, Aaliyah, Marques Houston, Omarion, Jamie Foxx, Pitbull, Donell Jones and Monica amongst others as an associate of the production team The Underdogs, also Harvey Mason and with his team, Song Dynasty. He has worked with many different artists over the years and was also a contributor to the score of the film adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls, in which he also had a cameo. He was also featured in the movie Preacher's Kid. Tank had also co-starred "It Ain't Easy" also starting rapper Mack 10.
Tank released his fifth studio album entitled This Is How I Feel on May 8, 2012. Tank collaborated with the artists Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, T.I. and Kris Stephens on the album. The song "Complements" featuring Kris Stephens & T.I. was released as the album's lead single on October 17, 2011; the album version of the song features rapper T.I.. The song "Next Breath" was released as the second single of the album on January 3, 2012.
Tank is the father to four children listed here in birth order: Jordan (2001), Ryen, Zoey, and Durrell Babbs, Jr.
As lead artist
- Grammy AwardNominations
- 2008, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance: "Please Don't Go"
- 2008, Best R&B Album: Sex, Love & Pain
- 2010, Best R&B Song: "Under"
- 2011, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group: "Take My Time" with Chris Brown