Mark Morrison (born 3 May 1972) is an English R&B singer. He
was the most successful British R&B singer of the mid-90s and
the first black male solo artist to reach number one in the 90s.
His single "Return of the Mack" became a #1 or Top 10 hit
in several European countries in 1996. The song peaked at #2 in America
the following year.
Morrison was born in Hanover, West Germany, where his father was
stationed as a soldier.
He grew up in Leicester and attended Rushey
Mead Secondary School in the north of Leicester, in the East Midlands
and spent some years in Miami, Florida in his teens, before returning
to England at the age of 19.
Morrison first recorded professionally in 1995 whilst held in Leicester
Prison, during a three month stint resulting from an incident in
a club. His first release was "Crazy", in spring 1995;
the single reached the Top 20 in the United Kingdom, with the minor
hit "Let's Get Down" following in the autumn. "Return
of the Mack" followed in spring 1996, and was the first single
by a solo Black British male artist to reach the number 1 spot in
the UK Singles Chart in the 1990s. It also sold more than two million
copies in the US. A reissue of "Crazy" hit the Top 10
in summer 1996, with further single releases "Trippin'", "Horny" and "Moan
and Groan" also making the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. Morrison's
first album, also titled Return of the Mack, was released in 1996
by Warner Bros/Atlantic Records, and reached number 4 in the UK Albums
Chart. As a result of these works, Morrison was nominated for four
Brit Awards, though he won none, and received a Mercury Prize nomination,
an MTV Europe Music Awards nomination, and five MOBO Awards nominations,
of which he won "Best R&B Act" in 1996. He also
performed at the 1997 Brit Awards.
The performance at the Brit's influenced WEA and Morrison to release
Only God Can Judge Me, a 9-track EP which contained live performances,
interviews, prayers and three full-length songs including "Who's
The Mack", which reached #13 in the UK.
 Criminal record
In 1993, Morrison was fined £50 for obstructing a police officer,
and in 1997 was fined £750 for threatening behaviour. Morrison
continued to be accused of various crimes, and in 1997 he was convicted
of attempting to bring a stun gun onto an aircraft travelling from
Newcastle to Belfast. He was jailed for three months for this
offence in early 1997, at about the same time that Morrison's hit
song "Return of the Mack" began its climb to its #2 peak
in the U.S.. In 1998 he failed to appear in court on charges of
possessing an offensive weapon, flying to Barbados instead; He was
arrested on his return to the UK and remanded in custody. He
was later cleared of the offensive weapon charge.
He was convicted of affray for his part in a brawl in which a man
was killed, and sentenced to community service. Morrison later
was incarcerated in Wormwood Scrubs for a year for paying a lookalike
to perform his court-appointed community service in his stead, while
Morrison himself went on tour. While in prison, Morrison reportedly
converted to Islam and attempted to change his name to Abdul Rahman.
Also in 1998, Morrison was banned from driving for six months and
fined £1,380 after twice being caught driving without a licence.
In 2002, Morrison was arrested on suspicion of kidnap and car theft.
He was released on bail but a policemen was later arrested on suspicion
of taking a bribe from Morrison in return for his release. Morrison
failed to appear in court to face the charges and a warrant was issued
for his arrest.
In 2004, he was arrested and spent a night in police cells, after
a fracas that started when his medallion was stolen.
In 2009, Morrison was arrested for an assault in London.
 Return to music
Morrison appeared on the 1999 Brit Awards where he presented an
award and introduced Josh Klemme and announced his return to music.
He was signed to footballer Kevin Campbell's 2 Wikid label in 2003.
His first release for the label, the "Just a Man"/"Backstabbers" single
was a minor UK hit, reaching #48 in the UK Singles Chart in August
In May 2006, Morrison released a limited edition DVD/CD version
of his comeback album Innocent Man in the UK, independently through
his own imprint Mack Life Records/Mona Records. A single, also entitled "Innocent
Man" feat. DMX was released in March 2006. It was well received,
and reached #46 in the UK Singles Chart.
In 2007 he featured on Cassidy's single "Innocent Man (Misunderstood)" from
his B.A.R.S. The Barry Adrian Reese Story album. The track sampled
Morrison's lyrics from his song, "Innocent Man". It was
produced by Swizz Beatz, and charted highly on Billboard's Bubbling
Under Singles chart.
In 2008 he stated that he would never return to his home town of
Leicester because the city had shown him "nothing but contempt",
also calling himself "The Beatles of that city".
In 2008, Morrison announced the release of a 'best of' compilation,
King of British R&B: The Best Of.. Mark Morrison, although it
In 2010 a new album was announced, I Am What I Am, to be preceded
by a single, "B'Day" featuring platinum recording artist
Trina in 2011. The first track from the album to leak online
was entitled "Father Forgive Them", and featured rapper
Crooked I of Slaughterhouse, the Supergroup signed to Eminem's Shady
Records. On Friday 13th May 2011, IAMWHATIAM (single) was leaked,
in full.  It states that it will be the first single from I Am
What I Am
Main article: Mark Morrison discography
Return of the Mack (1996) (UK)
Only God Can Judge Me (1997)
Innocent Man (2006)
I Am What I Am (2011)