In a world that likes to eliminate Jesus from the equation, Marqus Anthony stands firm as a Christian hip hop artist. His uncompromising delivery of faith remains resolute despite pressures and forces tempting him to jettison the name of Christ. Marqus Anthony is a man of God first and an artist second. With strong spiritual convictions, he powerfully and whole heartedly devotes his music back to the One who blessed him with the gift in the first place.
Marqus Anthony touched a mic for the first time in 2013 and never felt more alive. Assured of his purpose and calling, the former atheist dropped out of graduate school and quit a career as a scientist to pursue music ministry. A lover of hip hop music for his entire life, Marqus was immediately a natural in front of the mic. His music garnered attention quickly. His single Take Off was featured on Holy Hip Hop Vol 20 distributed by Capitol Records. In addition, Marqus was blessed to be a part of The Edge Experience Nationwide Tour in 2015, performing in New York, Chicago, North Carolina, Iowa, Indianapolis, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Being an independent artist, he took on the challenge of mastering the business side of music. Hard work and dedication paid off as his 2016 debut album Walking by My Faith has been heard around the world in over 70 countries passing 130k streams. The highly anticipated sequel Walking by My Faith: Thru the Storm dropped June 2018 and was his first project to chart on the iTunes Top 200 Christian Albums. This project passed 185k streams and featured his two of his most successful singles so far, YCMMDH and Worse Than Useless ft Greg Davis Jr. To date, Marqus Anthony has over 900,000 streams on Spotify alone and has been featured on over 11,600 playlists including Discover Weekly and Spotify editorial playlists The Flow, Blessings, New Music Friday Christian, Gospel Flow (Brazil), Sing a New Song and Flow Fast 20.
Marqus Anthony has shared the stage with artists such as Derek Minor, Steven Malcolm, 1k Phew, nobigdyl., Aaron Cole, Canon, Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Sevin, Angie Rose, Canton Jones, Twinkie Clark, Kierra Sheard, Jamie Grace, Jonathan McReynolds, Todd Dulaney, Vashawn Mitchell, The Walls Group and more. He has been featured on Bobby Jones Presents, The Greg Davis Show, Celebrate Live on TCT, and on Rhema Television Network. His music has been heard on hundreds of radio stations around the world including major FM channels, AM stations as well as online radio networks. Marqus has even been featured in His Favor Magazine, CCM Magazine as well as Rep Da King Mag in addition to prominent platforms including Rapzilla, New Release Today, Trackstarz, Jam The Hype, New H2O, Jesus Wired, Louder Than the Music and many more.
In 2017, Marqus Anthony and MIRAQL3 formed the CHH duo Da Church. The group has rocked shows from St. Louis to Nashville and even performed at SXSW in Austin, TX. Their debut song Jesus on My Mind received heavy airplay and their series We Are Da Church released in 2018 to much fan fare, garnering over 155k streams so far. Their music video for Jesus on My Mind was nominated for Video of the Year by the Music Love Awards.
Marqus Anthony’s January 2019 release, Shoot Your Shot, has been his most succesful campaign thus far. The single quickly became his most streamed song, rapidly approaching 200k streams. The song spawned the popular #ShootYourShotChallenge which led to the 6 song project, “Shoot Your Shot: The Remix EP“. The project became his 4th straight album to pass 100k streams, currently at 215k. The accompanying music video is his best production yet!
With musical suitable for all ages, carrying a timeless message, Marqus Anthony is leaving a legacy for generations to come. Marqus is seizing the moment and seeking to bring evermore glory to the name of Jesus Christ.
Due to the beliefs of his family and the teachings of public schools, Marqus was raised to believe that there was no God. He grew up as a scholar who excelled at school from a young age, having college level reading skills in the third grade. Eventually, he would earn a full academic scholarship to the University of Michigan after being a valedictorian at his high school. In 2013, Marqus graduated with high distinction from U of M earning his bachelor’s degree in science. That same summer, Marqus Anthony gave his life to Christ, and he would never be the same.
Marqus desires to use his testimony to let people know that atheists are still coming to Christ; he is a living witness and example! Marqus Anthony’s original church home is Rhema International Church under Bishop Eric Lloyd in Detroit, MI. Having Bishop Lloyd as a positive male role model changed Marqus Anthony’s life. He wouldn’t be the man he is today without the influence of this powerful man of God. Remarkably, Marqus grew to teach Sunday School weekly to a group of teenagers. He also served on the youth board and was President of the Men’s Department at the church. Who would have known that some one who once denounced God’s very existence would be such a dedicated servant of the Lord?
Jesus completely changed Marqus Anthony’s life! Although he excelled in school, Marqus was a troubled young man. He was always in the streets and heavily involved in drugs, partying and alcohol. He would study to be a doctor by day and be a drug dealing alcoholic by night. He was always chasing new sexual encounters and often had a bad attitude. Since becoming a Christian, Marqus has renewed his mind, repented and changed his ways. He now lives in Atlanta, GA and continues to tell the world about the life changing power in the gospel of Jesus Christ! He is currently serving at Crossover Church ATL, a City Takers church plant.