Marques Houston


Marques Barrett Houston was born in Los Angeles, California in 1981. A talented singer since childhood, he was discovered by music producer Chris Stokes (Omarion, 2Much) at the age of 12, joining the R&B-themed boy band Immature (later named IMx) in 1992. Marques - along with bandmates Jerome Jones, Don Santos, and Kelton Kessee - released six albums together, the most successful of which was 1995�s We Got It. The group disbanded in 2002, with its members eager to pursue solo careers; Marques still remains close friends with Jerome, who released the album Food for Thought under the name Young Rome in 2004.

Houston signed a record deal with Elektra Records (Busta Rhymes, Nelly Furtado) in early 2003, releasing his solo debut MH later that year. Though Marques is listed as the album�s executive producer he was backed by R. Kelly and Jermaine Dupri, two exceptionally powerful forces in the urban music industry. MH reached the 18th spot on the Billboard 200, fueled by the success of singles "That Girl", "Pop That Booty", and "Cubbin'", which features up-and-coming North Carolina rapper Joe Budden.

After the moderate success of his first record, Houston moved to Chris Stokes� Interscope-distributed record label TUG Entertainment in 2004. Working closely with Stokes, Houston dropped his second album Naked in mid-2005. Marques intended for the album to come across as a more mature and emotional effort, evident by the album�s suggestive title and unabashedly sexual content. More successful than MH, Naked eventually moved over 840,000 units worldwide. Notable tracks from the album include "All Because of You", "Naked", and "Sex Wit You".

After taking time to recover from the death of his grandmother in 2006, Houston went on to top the success of Naked in mid-2007 with the release of his third album, Veteran. Veteran peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 and at #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums index, making it his most successful release to date. Hits from Veteran include "Like This" (which features Atlanta rapper Yung Joc), "Favorite Girl", and "Circle".

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Born: August 4, 1981, Los Angeles, California

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Marques Barrett "Batman" Houston (born August 4, 1981 in Los Angeles, California) is an American R&B singer, rapper, actor and former member of the R&B group Immature, also known as IMX. He founded the group in 1992 along with Young Rome, and they released five studio albums before disbanding in 2002. Houston released his debut solo album, MH, in 2003 and has since released 2005's Naked, 2007's Veteran and 2009's Mr Houston. His fifth solo album, Mattress Music, was released September 14.

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Marques Barrett Houston (born August 4, 1981) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, rapper, and actor. A member of the R&B singing group Immature/IMx from 1992 until 2001, he went solo in 2003. As an actor, he is best known for his role as Roger Evans in the television comedy Sister, Sister.

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