Flame, a.k.a. Marcus T. Williams-Gray, was born in the inner city streets of St. Louis, Missouri where he was influenced by the hip-hop culture. One of the most significant people in his life was his grandmother. She was his best friend who taught him many things about life and more importantly, Christianity.
At the age of 16, Flame's grandmother passed away. As a result of this event, Flame began attending church where the Holy Spirit convicted him and he began to diligently seek Christ. Flame continued to grow spiritually and became heavily involved in ministry at his church.
While in a Christian bookstore, Flame took notice to the music section. Being part of the hip-hop culture and having done secular rap for years, he was drawn to the Gospel rap area where he picked up a CD by Cross Movement. Impressed by the artistic quality of the music, and the content, Flame found the lyrics saturated in Scripture being both encouraging and challenging.
Flame's desire to reach people in the Hip-Hop culture grew more intense. In 2000, after being edified through Cross Movement's music, Flame made his way to one of their concerts in Chicago. He met the group and provided them with a demo CD of his own work. Much to his surprise, he received a call back. Cross Movement began to build a relationship with Flame that was fostered over a couple of years. In 2002, Flame was invited on the Platinum Souls Tour with Cross Movement.
Shortly after, Flame was signed to Cross Movement Records. In October 2004, Flame's self-titled debut CD was released nationwide. He was the first Christian Hip-Hop artist from the Midwest to gain national attention. Flame released his sophomore album in December 2005 title, Rewind with hit tracks Gotta Notice, No Silence featuring Lecrae, and So Sweet.
Back on the scene for an interpretation of the Bible's first story of man simply laid out for the masses, Flame's quick and crucial delivery combed with his southern flair returns on his third album, Our World: Fallen. A two-part series stemmed from an eye opening conversation with a neighborhood acquaintance who knew nothing about Adam and Eve. Flame presents to us some realities of mankind's spiritual poverty and the grave consequences of a sinful lifestyle – on earth and after death.
Involved in ministry for more than 10 years, the Dove Award nominee is currently completing his degree in Biblical Studies in Louisville at Boyce College. Preaching nationally at churches, events and conferences Our World: Fallen is receiving great raves and reviews from fans and critics, alike, who can not wait for the counterpart of Fallen… Our World: Redeemed.
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