After two acclaimed music videos, a 40-city tour, studio time with A-list producers and writers under his belt, Marcus Canty set the stage for his debut EP, This… Is Marcus Canty.
The 21-year-old began performing when he was a child, singing in church plays at New Hope Baptist, near his Palmer Park, Maryland home. In 2010, propelled by his admiration for The X Factor judge and Epic Records’ CEO, LA Reid, Marcus auditioned for the show. He was instantly in, wowing the judges, and by mid-season, he’d become a fan favorite. He didn’t win the show, but it almost didn’t matter: it was his appearance on The X Factor that landed him a record deal with LA at Epic.
Given that he’s been singing for 15 of his 21 years, Marcus has had a long journey en route to the release of his debut album, This…Is Marcus Canty. Marcus calls his music ‘timeless,’ but Billboard noted that Marcus’ time has come. “He’s destined for success,” they said last year, and now, Marcus’ destiny’s shining through.
Marcus’ new single, “Used By You” is a sultry and infectious mid-tempo that’s currently heating up the charts and video airways. The video for the seductive anthem was shot in New York and directed by Erik White, who’s known for his work with Chris Brown, Flo Rida, and T-Pain, amongst others, who directed Marcus’ debut music video for “In & Out.” The video for “Used By You” debuted online via VEVO and premiered on BET’s hit music video countdown show, 106th & Park.
Stream the full EP on Billboard