A recording sensation with young R&B fans, Los Angeles native Marques Houston attained superstardom in late childhood by joining the pop-rap ensemble Immature, alongside Jerome Jones and Kelton Kessee. (Houston was only 11 in 1992, when the group put out its first release). Houston got his first taste of Hollywood stardom by voicing one of the characters in the urban-themed animated feature Bebe's Kids (1992) and by making an on-camera appearance alongside his bandmates in the 1994 urban comedy House Party 3 (starring Kid 'n Play). The band then renamed itself IMx in the mid-'90s. As its members continued releasing albums, Houston moved onto film roles while recording on the side. Projects included episodes of the ABC sitcom Sister, Sister, a turn as Elgin in the teen-oriented dance film You Got Served (2004), and a role as Dumb Donald in the family-friendly comedy Fat Albert (2004). In 2007, Houston switched genres and essayed one of his first lead roles in a feature as one of several teens who fall prey to the homicidal inclinations of an unseen menace in the slasher outing Somebody Help Me (2007).