Flame (rapper)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"FLAME" redirects here. For other uses, see Flame (disambiguation).
Flame
FLAME716.JPG
Flame at the airport in Zurich, Switzerland
Background information
Birth name Marcus Tyrone Gray
Born (1981-09-16) September 16, 1981 (age 33)
Origin St. Louis, Missouri U.S.
Genres Christian hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, actor, music executive
Instruments voice
Years active 2003-present
Labels Clear Sight Music
Associated acts

Nate Feuerstein, Lecrae

116 Clique
Website clearsightmusic.com

Flame (often stylized as FLAME) (born Marcus T. Gray) is an American Christian hip hop recording artist with Clear Sight Music. He has released seven albums including: Flame, Rewind, Our World: Fallen, Our World: Redeemed, Captured, The 6th, and Royal Flush. Flame has been nominated for four Dove, three Stellar awards throughout his music career and Our World: Redeemed was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Flame graduated with his Bachelor's degree from Boyce College, a school of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He practices biblical counseling and applied theology. Flame is currently working on his Master's degree in Biblical Counseling at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky in the United States. He is married to Crystal Gray and is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Louisville, KY.

Biography[edit]

During his personal time, Flame initially wrote raps as devotionals to God. After converting his devotionals to songs, Cross Movement Records took an interest in supporting Flame in publishing his gospel work through rap music. In 2004, Flame released his debut album with Cross Movement Records. Since then, Flame released 3 more albums and launched his own record label, Clear Sight Music.

His self-titled debut album, Flame, was released in October 2004. In December 2005, Flame released his second album titled, Rewind. On April 17, 2007, Flame released his third album entitled Our World: Fallen, which is the first part of a two part series. On August 7, 2007, the sequel, Our World: Redeemed was scheduled to release, but the date was pushed back to March 4, 2008.

Flame has been featured on radio shows in the United States such as Way of the Master, and in local newspapers such as The Pathway (the Missouri Baptist Convention statewide newspaper), and World (Magazine).

Flame has sold over 170,000 albums, and one of his interludes from his first album is played on Busch Stadium's loudspeakers every other time Albert Pujols comes to bat.[1]

On February 20, 2007, it was announced that Flame's track, "Gotta Notice", from the album Rewind was nominated for the 38th Annual GMA Dove Awards in the category Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year.[2] In mid-2007, Flame joined the rest of Cross Movement for their final tour.[3] Our World Redeemed was nominated for a Stellar Award, Dove Award, and Grammy Award. In 2009, Flame was a special guest on Reach Records 116 Clique's tour Don't Waste Your Life.[4]

In 2010, Flame announced that he was starting his own record label, Clear Sight Records,[5] and a new album titled Captured.[6][7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Solo
Year Album
2004 Flame
  • First studio album
  • Sold over 98,000
  • Released: October 12, 2004
2005 Rewind
  • Second studio album
  • Sold over 74,000
  • GMA Dove Award Nominee for Best Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year for "Gotta Notice"
  • Released: December 6, 2005
2007 Our World: Fallen
  • Third studio album
  • Released: April 17, 2007
  • First album in a two-album series.
  • "The album is a passionate, but basic, explanation of God's pursuit for His created people," Flame says. "It's very simple, but it's a very informative appeal for people to run to Christ."[8]
2008 Our World: Redeemed
  • Released: March 4, 2008
  • Fourth studio album
  • Second album in a two-album series
  • Stellar Award Nominee for Rap Album of the Year
  • GMA Dove Award Nominee for Best Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year for "Joyful Noise"
  • Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album.
  • The last of Flame's albums released with Cross Movement Records.
2010 Captured
  • Fifth studio album
  • Released: December 28, 2010
  • Singles: "Surrender" featuring V.Rose, "Move"
  • Stellar Award Nominee for Rap Album of the Year
  • GMA Dove Award Nominee for Best Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year and Best Urban Recorded Song for "All I Need"
  • No. 1 on Billboard Gospel (January 2011)
  • No. 5 on Billboard Christian (January 2011)
  • No. 17 on Billboard Rap (January 2011)
  • No. 152 on Billboard 200 (January 2011)
  • No. 11 on Billboard Independent (January 2011)
2012 The 6th[9]
  • Sixth studio album
  • Release Date: March 6, 2012
  • Stellar Award Nominee for Rap Album of the Year
  • No. 1 on Billboard Gospel
  • No. 2 on Billboard Christian
  • No. 8 on Billboard Rap
  • No. 67 on Billboard Top 200
  • No. 8 on Billboard Independent
  • No. 1 on iTunes Rap (March 2012)
  • No. 8 on iTunes Top Albums (March 2012)
2013 Royal Flush
  • Seventh studio album
  • Release Date: October 1, 2013
2014 Jesus or Nothing
  • Eighth studio album
  • Release Date: April 29, 2014
Non-album Songs
  • "Brand New" (featuring Future)

Singles[edit]

Solo
  • "Surrender" (featuring V. Rose)
  • "All the Way" (featuring Trubble & Lecrae)
Guest appearances
  • "Eternal Cypha" (The Cross Movement featuring J-Silas, Todd Bangz, R-Swift, & Da' T.R.U.T.H.)
  • "Who Is That?" (Da' T.R.U.T.H.)
  • "Moments" (Tru-Life)
  • "Stand" (Da' T.R.U.T.H. featuring Lecrae)
  • "The Greatest" (J.R.)
  • "Party Music" (Tedashii featuring Lecrae)
  • "Who You Rollin Wit" (Trip Lee featuring Json)
  • "The King" (Lecrae)
  • "Everyday All Day Cypha" (Everyday Process featuring Lecrae, The Ambassador, Phanatik, & R-Swift)
  • "Come Close" (Trip Lee featuring Sho Baraka)
  • "The Last Cypha" (The Cross Movement featuring Trip Lee, R-Swift, Mac the Doulos, Iz-Real, & Da' T.R.U.T.H.)
  • "Rock Star" (J.R.)
  • "A YO" (Json)
  • "Pleading 4 Ya Soul" (Thi'sl)
  • "Move Out" (Json featuring Future)
  • "Do Him" (Future)
  • "Make War" (Tedashii)
  • "I Ain't Turnin Back" (Thi'sl)
  • "Show Off" (DJ Official featuring Lecrae)
  • "No Worries (Remix)" (Trip Lee featuring Lecrae)
  • "God Is Enough" (Lecrae featuring Jai)
  • "Leadership" (Lamp Mode Recordings)
  • "Oh My Ahh" (V. Rose)
  • "Show Off (Guitar Remix)" (DJ Official featuring Lecrae & KJ-52)
  • "He Lives" (Tedashii featuring Jai)
  • "Battery" (V. Rose)
  • "My City" (116 Clique)
  • "Aw Snap" (Born2Di)
  • "Greatest Story Ever Told" (Shai Linne)
  • "Clear Sight Christmas" (V. Rose & Young Noah)
  • "Angels" (KB)
  • "Darkest Valley" (Group 1 Crew featuring Thomas Ware)

Music videos[edit]

Solo
  • "Goodness to Repentance"
  • "Joyful Noise" (featuring John Reilly & Lecrae)
  • "Surrender" (featuring V. Rose)
  • "Move"
  • "Trap Money" (featuring Thi'sl & Young Noah)
  • "Let Go" (featuring DecembeRadio)
  • "All In" (featuring KB)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ben Westhoff (2005-09-14). "St. Louis - News - Rap vs. Rapture". Riverfronttimes.com. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  2. ^ 38th Annual GMA Dove Awards - Recipients[dead link]
  3. ^ "HIStory Summer Tour Details - Cross Movement Records (CMR) .:: A Trusted Name In Christian Hip-Hop ::". Cross Movement Records. 1997-04-11. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  4. ^ Don't Waste Your Life Tour Commercial + Dates[dead link]
  5. ^ "Clear Sight Music // V.Rose - New Album Droppin' 8-16-11". Clearsightmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  6. ^ "FLAME to drop 'Captured' December 28th (cover revealed)". Rapzilla. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  7. ^ "Flame Talks New Label & New Album Details". Rapzilla. 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  8. ^ "Flame: Man On Fire". CCMmagazine.com. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  9. ^ "Flame Releases New Album March 6th". Retrieved 2012-01-18. 

External links[edit]