Mark Morrison

Mark Morrison

Mark Morrison was born in 1972 in Hanover, Germany. His music career started, and has largely ended, by his difficulties with the law and jailtime.

In 1995, Mark Morrison was being held in Leicester Prison after allgedly stabbing someone in a nightclub. While being held in prison for three months, he made the decision to become a vocalist.

Upon his release, he recorded and released the track 'Crazy' in 1995 which made it into the top 20 in the UK. In 1996, he released the single 'Return of the Mack' which topped the UK charts, making Mark Morrison the first male black solo artist to do so.

Morrison's album, Return of the Mack, came out in 1996 in the UK and rode on the success of the single. Other tracks released during that time had similar success, with 'Trippin' reaching #8 on the UK charts, 'Horny' reaching #5 and 'Moan & Groan' reaching #7.

Mark Morrison's concerts and public displays often involved him declaring his innocence. When he performed at the Brit Awards in 1997, he wore a shirt stating 'Only God Can Judge Me' and waved a gun that said 'Not Guilty.' Based on this performance, he released an E.P. titled Only God Can Judge Me which featured live performances and three new tracks.

In 1997, Mark Morrison had his stateside debut as his album was released and the single 'Return of the Mack' reached #2 on the US charts. The single had tremendous success, reaching #2 on the Hot 100 and going platinum. However, Morrison was unable to promote the album becaues he was in jail for bringing a stun gun onto an aircraft.

Mark Morrison announced his plans to return to music in 1999 after serving a year sentence in jail for paying a double to do his community service for him for a previous sentence. To launch his return, he signed a three-album deal with Death Row Records worth one million pounds.

While Morrison was the first and only British artist to sign to Death Row, he never had the chance to release an album. He recorded an album titled Innocent Man, but due to the arrest of Suge Knight, the CEO of Death Row, his album fell between the cracks.

The album, Innocent Man, may soon see release in the United States as Mark Morrison plans to have his comeback once again.