Houston in 2012
Marques Barrett Houston
August 4, 1981
Marques Barrett Houston (born August 4, 1981) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. A member of the R&B group Immature/IMx from 1990 until 2001, Houston went solo in 2003. As an actor, he is best known for his role as Roger Evans in the television comedy Sister, Sister.
In 1992, Houston became a founding member of the R&B group Immature (also known as IMx). The members of the group include Jerome "Romeo" Jones and Don "Half Pint" Santos (later replaced by Kelton "LDB" Kessee), along with Chris Stokes, who is their manager. During this period, Houston went by the nickname "Batman.” In 1999, the group underwent a name change, however, it continued on to release two albums under the name IMx such as Introducing IMx (1999) and IMx (2001). The group also branched out into acting and appeared on such shows as A Different World and Sister, Sister (TV series). Later they recorded songs from soundtracks to the films House Party 3 and House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute, before disbanding in 2002.
2003–2005: MH and Naked
In 2003, Houston began pursuing a solo career. Using his birth name, Marques Houston, he released his debut album, MH, on October 21, 2003. The album featured the singles "That Girl", "Clubbin'" (featuring Joe Budden and R. Kelly), "Pop That Booty" (featuring Jermaine Dupri) and "Because of You". In the United States charts, MH peaked at number 20 on the Billboard 200 and at number 5 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. On May 24, 2005, Houston released his second solo album, Naked. The album featured the singles "All Because of You" (featuring Young Rome), "Naked" and "Sex Wit You". In the United States, Naked peaked at number 13 on the Billboard and peaked at number 5 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
Houston released his third solo album, Veteran, on March 20, 2007. The album featured the singles "Like This" (featuring Yung Joc), "Favorite Girl", "Circle" and "Wonderful". In the United States, Veteran debuted (and peaked) at number 5 on the Billboard 200 and debuted at number 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, marking this release as Houston's first number-one solo album.
2009–2010: Mr. Houston, Mattress Music and IMx reunion
Houston released his fourth solo album, Mr. Houston on September 29, 2009. It featured the singles, "I Love Her" and "Sunset". Videos for the album tracks "Body" and "Date" were released[by whom?] online in 2008. "How I Do" and "Case of You" received video premieres in 2009, followed by a video for "Tonight" in 2010. On September 14, 2010, Houston released his fifth studio album, Mattress Music, which contained the singles "Kickin' & Screamin'" and "Pullin' On Her Hair". A video for a third, "Ghetto Angel" premiered in 2011. Houston announced on 106 & Park that IMx planned to record another group album together for 2011.
In October 2012, Marques Houston announced a new studio album, Famous slated for release August 27, and released "Speechless" as a promotional preview via free digital download. The first single off the album was "Give Your Love a Try" featuring Problem made available on iTunes.
2014–present: White Party and soundtracks
The next year, he released a new solo single "Need You" from the soundtrack of his film Will to Love.
In 2016, Houston released a new single "Complete Me" to digital/streaming outlets. He premiered the music video for the song in September. It was slated to be the first single off his new album White Party set for release later that year.
In 2017, he recorded a trio of new songs for the film 'Til Death Do Us Part for which he wrote the screenplay. His song "Together" was released as a single from the soundtrack.
Houston made his acting debut in the animated comedy film Bébé's Kids (1992) in which he was the voice of Khalil, the leader and oldest child of the titular "Bébé's Kids". Houston later appeared in House Party 3 (1994), where he played a fictional version of himself along with fellow Immature bandmates Jerome "Romeo" Jones and Don "Half Pint" Santos. In the film, they portrayed Kid's trouble-making younger cousins who aspire to become musicians. Houston's breakthrough role came when he won the part of Roger Evans in the television comedy show Sister, Sister, playing the next-door neighbor of identical twin sisters Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell (Tia and Tamera Mowry). Marques played the role for five of the show's six seasons. The show wrote his character out of the script during the fifth season, but he made a guest appearance in the series finale. In 1997, he had a brief cameo in the movie "Good Burger", a spin-off from a sketch on the Nickelodeon show "All That" starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. He played Jake, Kenan's friend. Houston and his IMx (formerly Immature) band members made an appearance in Destiny's Child music video for the single "No, No, No Part 1" off their 1998 self-titled debut album. In 2000, shortly after Houston's run on Sister, Sister ended, Marques had a brief cameo in Destiny's Child's video rendition of The Writing's on the Wall single "Jumpin', Jumpin'" directed by Joseph Kahn.
He also played the character Elgin Barrett Eugene Smith III in the 2004 film You Got Served. Following You Got Served, in both live-action and voice-over, he portrayed Dumb Donald in the film adaptation of Fat Albert, based on Bill Cosby's popular cartoon series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. From 2005 to 2006, Houston starred in his own television series, Cuts as Kevin Barnes, which was a spin-off of One on One. Despite good ratings, the show only lasted two seasons due to UPN merging with The WB to become The CW which caused Cuts along with many other UPN shows to get cancelled. In 2007 Houston starred in the horror film Somebody Help Me. He then starred in the sequel, Somebody Help Me 2 in 2010. In 2012 Houston starred in a kids hip hop dance battle film, Battlefield America. He portrayed Sean Lewis, an ad executive who serves as a dance teacher after receiving a sentence of community service; however, he does not dance in the film. He also stars In A Weekend With The Family with Karrueche Tran. In 2015, Houston reunited with Sister, Sister co-star Tamera Mowry on the daytime talk show The Real (also with Tia Mowry in 2017) for two episodes.
Film producing career
Houston began his journey into the behind the scenes world of film-making in 2010 partnering with longtime music manager Chris Stokes, who directed most of the films he wrote and produced. As of recently Marques is currently the CEO of a film production company in California, Footage Films; along with fellow IMx band-mate Young Rome (Jerome Jones) as President and relative Jarell Houston, (J-Boog of B2K) as Vice President. Chris Stokes is the chairman of the board and directs the majority of the productions. Marques serves as an Executive Producer and Writer. The majority of the films are mostly made-for-TV features. Following in the paths of filmmakers John Waters, John Singleton and Spike Lee's casting tradition, Houston and Stokes often cast some of their actors more than once in different films portraying different roles. His first full writing and executive producer credit was the 2015 film "Will To Love", starring Keisha Knight Pulliam, Draya Michele, and himself, respectively. He currently is producing a thriller Running Out of Time, starring Tasha Smith, RonReaco Lee, Telma Hopkins that aired in December 2018 on BET. Since the start of this new career, he has written and produced over 10 films so far, including one he co-wrote with Stokes that was released to theaters in 2017, 'Til Death Do Us Part starring Taye Diggs, Stephen Bishop, Annie Ilonzeh and Malik Yoba.
Houston previously dated singer Jamila "Mila J" Chilombo and My Wife and Kids actress Jennifer Freeman, with whom he had starred in the 2004 film You Got Served. Rumors surfaced in 2007 that Freeman and Houston had got engaged, but they broke up a few years later.
He was in a relationship with Marlena Campbell since 2008. Houston confirmed their relationship publicly in March 2010 on celebrating their second anniversary on his Twitter page.[needs update]
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