How much is Marques Houston worth?
|Net Worth:||$5 Million|
|Date of Birth:||August 4, 1981|
|Country:||United States of America|
“There’s a lot that I’ve been through as far as relationships and just experiencing life. I’m only 25 but I’m a veteran because I’ve been in the industry since I was 8 and I’ve watched the changes.” — Marques Houston, to Billboard.com
Who Is Marques Houston
Marques Houston is the son of Carolyn and Michael Houston. (Carolyn Houston died of cancer in 1997.) Marques, under the stage name “Batman,” was a founding member of the kiddie singing act Immature with his childhood friends, Jerome “Romeo” Jones and Don “Half-Pint” Santos. (Half-Pint was later replaced in the group by Kelton “LDB” Kessee). As Immature, the group released four albums between 1992 and 1997.
In 1998, the group was no longer kids and updated their image by changing their name to IMx. They released two more albums, one in 1999 and one in 2001 before the members decided to focus on their solo careers.
Born: Marques Barrett Houston, Aug. 4, 1981 in Los Angeles. Raised in Southern California.
In 2003, Marques recorded his first solo album, MH, produced by Jermaine Dupri. To date, the album has sold over half a million copies in the U.S. and remains his biggest album as a solo artist. His 2005 sophomore album, Naked was known for its focus on sex. The video for the second single “Naked,” was controversial; some music networks – including BET and MTV – refused to air it because of the adult content. Eventually it was edited and shown on BET. Marques’ third solo album, Veteran, dropped in March 2007 and his third, Mr. Houston, came out in September 2009.
Marques crossed over into television and was a recurring cast member of the show “Sister Sister.” Also, he and some of the other members of IMX took on production duties (as Platinum Status) for Houston’s solo work as well as B2K and Destiny’s Child. He’s also has done songwriting and production work for Omarion and other artists. His acting career includes starring roles in the 2007 horror flick Somebody Help Me and the 2010 sci-fi/romance movie Boogie Town. He also appeared in the movies Fat Albert and You Got Served, which were both released in 2004.
Veteran, the third solo album by former child group singer Marques Houston, is surprisingly good. Out of all the other R&B; singers who used to be in boy groups Marques and Omarion are the two who have most successfully made the transition to adult stardom. Of the two, Marques arguably has the most talent and several tracks on Veteran do a great job at showcasing his still-evolving vocal style. If anyone’s still doubting Marques’ credentials as a legitimate adult R&B; singer, the sophisticated Veteran may put many of those doubts to rest.
Solidifying His Status
Veteran opens with an intro of an old recording of a 2-year-old Marques talking about how he’s going to be rich and famous some day, followed by a grown-up Marques talking about his life so far and what makes him a veteran in the recording industry. The intro serves as a reminder that even though he’s only 25, Marques has been a star in the music industry for well over a decade.
Being a star doesn’t necessarily equal talent, but fortunately for Marques, he has enough skill as a singer to keep him relevant. Exhibit A: The lovely, luxurious slow-tempo ballad “Always & Forever,” where he sings about what it is about his woman that’s got him declaring his undying love: “It’s your thighs, your lips, your calves, your lips, it’s your hair – did I mention your lips?”
The song perfectly utilizes his strong, but soft voice and masks and minimizes his weaknesses as a vocalist. The same can be said, for almost all the album’s songs, particularly first single, “Favorite Girl,” which sounds suspiciously like a knock-off of Donell Jones’ “U Know What’s Up.”
To paraphrase an old anti-perspirant commercial, Veteran is strong enough for a man, even though it was made for a woman. Many songs are slow- and mid-tempo ballads – since that’s what his strength is – but none of the songs are so sappy that guys should be embarrassed listening to them. Veteran isn’t exactly a neo-classic and probably won’t turn out to be one of the best albums of the year.
But Marques does a good job of solidifying his status as a sexy R&B; singer in the mold of artists like Jagged Edge, K-Ci & JoJo and Tyrese.