Marques Houston

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Marques Houston
Marques Houston in 2012.jpg
Houston in 2012
Born
Marques Barrett Houston

(1981-08-04) August 4, 1981 (age 40)
Los Angeles, California, U.S
Other names
  • Batman
  • Mark
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actor
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)
Miya Dickey
(m. 2020)
Children1
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
Labels

Marques Barrett Houston (born August 4, 1981) is an American R&B singer and actor. 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.

Early life[edit]

Houston was born on August 4, 1981, in Los Angeles, California, to Michael and Carolyn Houston. He is the older cousin of B2K's J-Boog. Houston began acting at an early age.[2]

Music career[edit]

Music beginnings[edit]

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, releasing two albums under the name IMx: Introducing IMx (1999) and IMx (2001). The group also branched out into acting and appeared on shows such as A Different World and Sister, Sister. They recorded songs for 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[edit]

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[3] and at number 5 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[4] 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[5] and peaked at number 5 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[6]

2006–2008: Veteran[edit]

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[7][8] and debuted at number 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums,[7][9] marking this release as Houston's first number-one solo album.

2009–2011: Mr. Houston, Mattress Music and IMx reunion[edit]

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 online by the singer 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.

2012–2013: Famous[edit]

In October 2012, Marques Houston announced a new studio album, Famous slated for release August 27,[10] 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[edit]

Following the release of his previous album, Houston reunited with IMx and did some touring in addition to releasing a new single "Let Me Find Out" in late 2014.[11]

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.[12] He premiered the music video for the song in September.[13] It was slated to be the first single off his new album White Party set for release later that year.[14]

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.

Acting career[edit]

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's 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.[15]

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 as Kevin Barnes in his own television series, Cuts, 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 starred in 2016's A Weekend With The Family, alongside 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[edit]

Houston began his journey into the behind the scenes world of filmmaking in 2010, partnering with longtime music manager Chris Stokes, who directed most of the films he wrote and produced.

Houston is currently the CEO of a film production company, Footage Films, in California, along with fellow IMx bandmate 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.[16]

He produced a thriller, Running Out of Time, starring Tasha Smith, RonReaco Lee, Telma Hopkins that aired in December 2018 on BET.[17] Since the start of this new career, he has written and produced over ten 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.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Houston's mother died from lymphoma in 1997.[7] Houston became a Jehovah's Witness in 2016.[19]

Marques welcomed his first daughter, Zara Houston, on December 2, 2021, with his wife Miya Houston.[20]

Relationships[edit]

Houston previously dated singer Jamila "Mila J" Chilombo[21][22] and My Wife and Kids actress Jennifer Freeman,[23] with whom he had starred in the 2004 film You Got Served. Rumors surfaced in November 2007 that Freeman and Houston had gotten engaged, but they broke up a few months later.

He began a relationship with Marlena Campbell in 2008.[24] Houston confirmed their relationship publicly in March 2010, celebrating their second anniversary on his Twitter page.[25] The couple reportedly split in 2016.

In March 2019, Houston became engaged to Miya Dickey. They married on August 24, 2020, and have a 19-year age difference.[26][27] They have been married for one year and have a daughter.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
1993 A Different World Eli Black
1996 Family Matters Himself
The Parent 'Hood Himself
1994–1999 Sister, Sister Roger Evans and Himself
2003 Rock Me Baby Himself
2003 American Dreams David Ruffin
2004, 2006 One on One Kevin Barnes
2005–2006 Cuts Kevin Barnes
2015 Will to Love Jamal Hawkins
2019—present Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood Himself
2020—present Howard High Michael Kirsh

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1992 Bébé's Kids Khalil (voice)
1994 House Party 3 Marques James
1997 Good Burger Jake
2001 House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute Jon Jon
2004 You Got Served Elgin
Fat Albert Dumb Donald (both live-action and voice)
2007 Somebody Help Me Brendan Young
2010 Boogie Town Micah
Somebody Help Me 2 Brendan Young
2012 Battlefield America Sean Lewis
2016 A Weekend with the Family Travis Stankershet

2021 “Howard High” Michael Krish

As producer[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2010 Somebody Help Me 2 Executive producer Direct-to-video release
2012 Battlefield America Co-writer, producer Theatrical release
Boogie Town Executive producer
2015 Will to Love Writer, executive producer Television film
Judge Amos Executive producer Television film
2016 A Weekend with the Family Writer, producer Television film
Boy Bye Writer, producer Netflix release
2017 'Til Death Do Us Part Co-writer, producer Theatrical release
2018 Always & 4Ever Writer, producer
We Belong Together Writer, producer BET television film
Running Out of Time Writer, producer BET television film
2019 Fall Girls Executive producer, writer Upcoming theatrical release
2019–2020 Swag Inc. Executive producer, writer BET television film
2020 Sacrifice Co-Executive producer Upcoming theatrical release
2020 Howard High Producer UrbanfixTV

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film/TV show Result
1995 Young Artist Awards Best Youth Comedian in a TV Show Sister, Sister Won
2004 MTV Movie Awards Best Dance Sequence (shared with Omarion Grandberry) You Got Served Nominated
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor – Comedy Cuts Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Sister, Sister' actor Marques Houston defends engagement to 19-year-old". June 18, 2020.
  2. ^ "Marques Houston Biography (1981-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  3. ^ "The Billboard 200: MH". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on August 21, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2008.
  4. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: MH". Billboard.com. Retrieved February 3, 2008.[dead link]
  5. ^ "The Billboard 200: Naked". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on August 16, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2008.
  6. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: Nasty". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on November 14, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2008.
  7. ^ a b c "Marques Houston's 'Veteran' Debuts at Number One". EURweb.com. March 20, 2007. Archived from the original on October 13, 2008.
  8. ^ "The Billboard 200: Veteran". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on July 19, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2008.
  9. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: Veteran". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on July 19, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2008.
  10. ^ "VIDEO: MARQUES HOUSTON FEAT. PROBLEM – GIVE YOUR LOVE A TRY". ThisisRNB.com. July 29, 2013. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
  11. ^ "New Music: Immature Reunites for New Single "Let Me Find Out" – YouKnowIGotSoul.com". November 25, 2014.
  12. ^ "Complete Me – Single by Marques Houston" – via itunes.apple.com.
  13. ^ JunizitoPSN (September 5, 2016). "Marques Houston – Complete Me". Archived from the original on December 12, 2021 – via YouTube.
  14. ^ "Marques Houston Interview: New Single "Complete Me", New Album "White Party", Career Changes With New Religion – YouKnowIGotSoul.com". September 9, 2016.
  15. ^ "Destiny's Child – Jumpin', Jumpin'". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 12, 2021. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  16. ^ DeMolle, S. (October 9, 2015). "Marques Houston releases 1st movie, 'Will to Love'". Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  17. ^ "Marques Houston dishes on his BET suspense thriller "Running Out of Time" – Music News – ABC News Radio". abcnewsradioonline.com. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  18. ^ "'Til Death Do Us Part': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. September 30, 2017. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  19. ^ Amber McKynzie, "Did You Know Marques Houston is a Jehovah's Witness?", Essence, July 21, 2016.
  20. ^ "Sister, Sister's Marques Houston and Wife Miya Welcome First Baby, Daughter Zara: 'Daddy Loves You'". December 9, 2021. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  21. ^ "The Round Up: Shemar Moore Arrested On Dui, New Marques Houston & Mila J Pics; The Rock Separates From His Wife". concreteloop.com. June 4, 2007. Archived from the original on March 24, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  22. ^ juiicySCOOP on Monday, April 23, 2007, at 5:04 PM (April 23, 2007). "JuiicyScoop: Marque Houstons Boo". Juiicyscoop.blogspot.com. Retrieved April 13, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  23. ^ "Exclusive: Marques Houston Engaged". Bossip. November 19, 2007. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  24. ^ "COUPLED UP: Marques Houston & Girlfriend Marlena Campbell On A Dinner Date At Mr. Chow". theybf.com.
  25. ^ "Coupled Up: Marques Houston Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary With Boo". Bossip. March 15, 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  26. ^ "Sister, Sister's Marques Houston Marries Miya Dickey: Photos". August 27, 2020. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  27. ^ "Sister, Sister star Marques Houston, 38, defends getting engaged to 19-year-old". Metro. June 19, 2020. Retrieved September 26, 2020.

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