Travie McCoy is an American origin singer, rapper, and songwriter. Besides having a solo music career, he is a lead singer and co-founder of the hip-hop, rap rock, New York-based band, Gym Class Heroes. The four-membered band started their journey in 1998-99 by playing in college parties and clubs.
The band took a pause for three years so that McCoy could concentrate on his solo career. His debut single, “Billionaire” featuring Bruno Mars was released in March 2010 that hit the fourth position on the Billboard Hot 100 and third on the UK Single Charts.
Travis Lazarus McCoy (Travie’s original name) was born on August 6, 1981, in Geneva, New York. His father belonged to Haiti and his mother was an Irish. Since childhood, he had an interest in art. He could focus more on art after his skateboard accident, which led him immobile for nearly four months.
Soon after, at the age of 15, he learned to tattoo. McCoy graduated from Geneva High School and went to Munson-Williams-Proctor-Arts Institute.
He was also a fond of listening to hardcore punk and underground hip-hop bands. In high school, he played drums and bonded with other musicians. At his gym class, he met Matt McGinley, with whom he formed his band, Gym Class Heroes in 1997.
He dropped out from art school when he was 20 and focused on tattoo work and music. Before Gym Class Heroes became successful, he had lived off of money earned by selling his paintings.
McCoy had an addiction to opiate since he was 15. He openly talked about it in the year 2007 when he lost his best friend, which made him retreat from his drug addiction. He later went for a detox program which changed him and he realized it was unwise of him to glorify drug use in his music.
He dated Katty Perry for two years and separated in December 2008. McCoy is the supposed subject of Katty Perry’s song “Circle the Drain” that came out in 2010.
McCoy made his TV debut in 2002 on an MTV show Direct Effect, where he was seen on stage winning a standard nationwide MC battle.
He became friends in high school with Matt McGinley and they officially worked together and formed their band, Gym Class Heroes in 1997. They combined with guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo and Eric Roberts as bassist and signed to Pete Wentz’s independent record labels, Decaydance Records and Fueled by Ramen.
The band’s song “Cupid’s Chokehold” from album As Cruel as School Children bagged #4 on Billboard Hot 100 and #3 in the UK Singles Chart. Other singles, “Clothes Off” and “Cookie Jar” also topped on the UK Singles Chart.
Consequently, they worked with Patrick Stump, guitarist of another rock band, Fall Out Boy. Patrick produced most of their album- The Quilt that was released in September 2008 and ranked 14 on the U.S. Billboard 200. In November 2011, Gym Class Heroes released another album, The Papercut Chronicles II.
Moving on to his solo career, he started it in 2010. He moved to Miami, Florida to record new songs and released his first single hit “Billionaire” with Bruno Mars from his upcoming album Lazarus in May 2010.
He supported Rihanna on her Last Girl on Earth Tour in July-August 2010. By the end of the same year, he toured Europe for 13 days with Bruno Mars. He also performed alongside Jay Sean, Flo Rida and Soulja Boy on the Australian tour, Summerbeatz.
As the year 2010 was fortunate for his single career, he also worked with British singer Cheryl Cole and producer Starsmith. He was seen in the song “Yeah Yeah” of her album Messy Little Raindrops.
He collaborated with Taio Cruz for his track “Higher”. His song “Stereo Hearts” with Adam Lavine was a big hit that came out in November 2011. He performed the same song with his band Gym Class Heroes at 2011 American Music Awards.
McCoy has worked with Stooshe, an English Girl Group in their song “Love Me” in January 2012. A year later he released a single “Rough Water” with Jason Mraz and in 2014, he came up with “Keep on Keeping on” with Brendon Urie and “Wrapped Up” with Olly Murs.
Although McCoy has not received an award, he was nominated for T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist in 2010 at the American Music Awards, MOBO Award for Best International Act and Teen Choice Award for “Billionaire” with Bruno Mars.
How much is Travie McCoy’s Net Worth in 2017
During his musical journey, McCoy also appeared as a guest on Malibu Country’s third episode. He manages his own music imprint, The Bat Squad including Nicholas Scimeca, Tim William, The Lazarus Project and Tequila Mockingbird. McCoy’s estimated net worth as of 2017 is $10 million US dollars.
Travis McCoy decided for himself to be called “Travie” as he was called so by his friends and family and it makes him closer to his listeners. McCoy has been arrested twice. In July 2008, he was put behind bars for hitting a man with his microphone in a concert at St.Louis. The second time was in October 2010 in Berlin for drawing graffiti on the Berlin Wall.
He has been open about his drug addictions and the related recovery. He is active on his blog where he states he is glad to have been able to recover.