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Marques Barrett Houston

Background information
Birth name Marques Barrett Houston
Also known as MH, Batman, Roger, Mr. Houston
Born August 4, 1981 (1981-08-04) (age 28)[citation needed]
Los Angeles, California
Genres R&B, Hip hop
Occupations Singer, Producer, Songwriter, Actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992-2002 (Immature/IMx)
2003-present (solo)
1992-present (actor)
Labels Musicworks, TUG Entertainment, Universal Records
Associated acts IMx, Young Rome, Omarion

Marques Barrett Houston (born August 4, 1981[citation needed]) in Los Angeles, California, USA is an American and Mexican-American R&B singer, rapper, and actor. A member of the R&B singing group Immature/IMx until 2002, he went solo in 2003.



Early life

Was born in Los Angeles, California to Michael and Carolyn Houston.[1] In 1997, Houston lost his mother to lymphoma.[2] This affected Houston deeply and he wrote songs about his mother's battle with the disease and her eventual death, including the song "Alone"

Musical career

Houston became a founding member of the R&B group Immature/IMx, which included Jerome "Romeo" Jones, Don "Half Pint" Santos, who later was replaced by Kelton "LDB" Kessee: Chris Stokes managed them. Houston's nickname at this time was "Batman".

The group released four albums under the name Immature:

  1. On Our Worst Behavior (1992)
  2. Playtyme Is Over (1994)
  3. We Got It (1995)
  4. The Journey (1997)

In 1999, the group underwent a name-change but continued on to release two albums under the name IMx: Introducing IMx (1999) and IMx (2001). The group also branched out into film (such as House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute) and television (such as A Different World) before disbanding in 2002.


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), "Pop That Booty" (featuring Jermaine Dupri) and "Because of You".

In the United States, MH peaked at number 20 on the Billboard 200[3] and peaked at number 5 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[4]


In 2005, Houston released his second solo album, Naked, on May 24, 2005. 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 200[5] and peaked at number 5 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[6]


In 2007 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[2][7] and debuted at number 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums,[2][8] marking this release as Houston's first number-one solo album.

Mr. Houston

Houston released his fourth solo album, Mr. Houston on September 29, 2009. In 2008 videos from the album including "Sunset", "Body", and "Date" were released. Videos were also released in 2009 for "How I Do" and "Case of You". Although many videos have already been released the first official single is still set to be "I Love Her", to be followed by "Sunset" (due to the album being pushed back in 2009).

Other works

Houston continues to work with former bandmate Jerome "Romeo" Jones (now known as Young Rome). Houston made guest appearances on Jones' album Food for Thought (2004) on songs entitled "Sexapade" and "What Cha Doin' Tonight" while Jones made a guest appearance on Houston's album Naked on the song entitled "All Because of You". The two also collaborated on "For Your Love", a song from an unreleased album by Young Rome.

Houston made guest appearances on fellow TUG Entertainment artist Mila J's single Good Lookin' Out and Yung Joc's single 1st Time, making appearances in both music videos.

Houston was featured on 50 Cent's remix to the hit single "Candy Shop", which also featured Dame Four.

Acting career

Houston made his debut acting appearance in the comedy film House Party 3, where he played himself along with fellow Immature/IMx bandmates Jerome "Romeo" Jones and then member Don "Half Pint" Santos (who was later replaced in the group by Kelton "LDB" Kessee). He played Khalil in Bebe's Kids.

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 (played by Tia and Tamera Mowry). He played the role from 1994 to 1998, making a final cameo appearance in the final episode of the show in 1999. He also played the character Elgin Barrett Eugene Smith III in the 2004 film You Got Served.




Year Title Role
1993 A Different World Eli Black
1996 Family Matters Himself
The Parent 'Hood Himself
1994-1998 Sister, Sister Roger Evans
2003 Rock Me, Baby Himself
2004 & 2006 One on One Kevin Barnes
2005-2006 Cuts Kevin Barnes


Year Film Role
1992 Bébé's Kids Khalil (voice)
1994 House Party 3 Marcus 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
2007 Somebody Help Me Brendan Young
2009 Backdown Elgin
Boogie Town Micha

Awards and nominations

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


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