Marcus Nelson, 23 January 1971, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Nelson had originally attended the Philadelphia High School of Creative and Performing Arts and was an early member of classmates Boyz II Men before they left the school. Following a moderately successful 1991 solo album for Capitol Records, Nelson concentrated on writing and production work for LaFace acts Pebbles and Toni Braxton, and it was through his association with LaFace owner Babyface that he joined vocal quintet Az Yet. Nelson enjoyed short-lived success with the group who topped the R&B singles chart in 1996 with Last Night and reached the mainstream Top 10 with Hard To Say Im Sorry.
After leaving Az Yet because of creative differences with the other members, Nelson signed a solo recording contract with Columbia Records. The smooth soul collection Chocolate Mood, released in November 1999, featured the hit R&B single, 15...