Marcelis was born on Thursday, March 8th, 1984. As a child he was always viewed as gifted and talented. During elementary school he was presented with several different awards and certificates for his participation in various music, writing, and reading programs. Upon reaching the 6th grade, Marcelis had developed a strong interest in writing and wrote several short stories that would later catapult him into the realm of poetry. Attending a moderately racist high school (at that time) and dealing with bouts of family drama, multiple trials and tribulations kept his pen to the paper. Eventually he would write his way into the attention of several teachers, Division Heads, and fellow aspiring artists. At the end of high school, he had won the first Chicago Teen Poetry Slam Championship, been a feature in seven filmed Spoken Word showcases, and attended countless open mic sets. He also hosted the Young Chicago Authors’ poetry nights at the Chopin Theater (Guild Complex) for several months until his early graduation in January 2002.
At one of his last high school shows, a girl suddenly screamed out, “Oh My God That Boy Can SING!” It was from that moment, as poetry laid the foundation of his performances, that music became the bread to his butter. He was featured in printed and online local papers for his speech for the Martin Luther King Oratorical Contest (2002). Marcelis momentarily went by the stage name “Intro” in which he performed for churches, youth centers, and open mics mixing his unique style of R&B with spoken word lyrics. After being asked to do radio spots with WGN-720 and Gospel Radio 1390, Marcelis had graced the cover of a magazine (SAY WHAT!, Feb. 2002), published two chapbooks, and decided to invest in his craft on a higher level. He took it upon himself to write and record a CD entitled Pain Looks Like Love, an anthology of poetry set to music that, in 2005, would soon establish him as an official artist.
That same year, Marcelis was introduced to many different record labels, managers, and promoters. This experience would give him the background knowledge that would come with writing, producing, and organizing events. At the same time he was able to grow as an artist and sharpen his overall skills. After realizing that his growth would only go so far, he breifly pulled away from the scene and now understands how outside jealousy and politics does breathe fairly easy throughout the course of the music business. However, still driven by passion and the overall raw emotion that music has to offer, Marcelis is writing and sharpening his skill in preparation to dominate the game of R&B. As of now he performs at many various open mics and music events all over the city of Chicago, promoting his music vigorously. His goal is to get the attention of quality managment and return the original feel of what R&B was. He will, without a doubt, raise the bar of artistry for years to come.