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|Birth name||Marcus Tyrone Gray|
|Born||September 16, 1981|
|Origin||St. Louis, Missouri U.S.|
|Genres||Christian hip hop|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, actor, music executive|
|Labels||Clear Sight Music|
Marcus Tyrone Gray (born September 16, 1981), known as Flame (often stylized in all caps), is an American Christian hip hop rapper with Clear Sight Music. He has released nine albums including: the self-titled Flame, Rewind, Our World: Fallen, Our World: Redeemed, Captured, The 6th, Royal Flush, Forward, and God Knows. Flame has been nominated for several Dove and Stellar Awards throughout his music career and Our World: Redeemed was nominated for a Grammy Award.
During his personal time, Flame initially wrote raps as devotionals to God. After converting his devotionals to songs, Cross Movement Records took an interest in supporting Flame in publishing his gospel work through rap music. In 2004, Flame released his debut album with Cross Movement Records. Since then, Flame released three more albums and launched his own record label, Clear Sight Music.
His self-titled debut album, Flame, was released in October 2004. In December 2005, Flame released his second album titled, Rewind. On April 17, 2007, Flame released his third album entitled Our World: Fallen, which is the first part of a two part series. On August 7, 2007, the sequel, Our World: Redeemed was scheduled to release, but the date was pushed back to March 4, 2008.
On February 20, 2007, it was announced that Flame's track, "Gotta Notice", from the album Rewind was nominated for the 38th Annual GMA Dove Awards in the category Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year. In mid-2007, Flame joined the rest of Cross Movement for their final tour. Our World Redeemed was nominated for a Stellar Award, Dove Award, and Grammy Award. In 2009, Flame was a special guest on Reach Records 116 Clique's tour Don't Waste Your Life.
In 2014 Flame, along with three other musicians, filed a lawsuit against Katy Perry for alleged copyright infringement. In the suit, Perry was accused of stealing production elements from Flame's Gospel track, "Joyful Noise", in her song "Dark Horse". Flame and the other plaintiffs involved in the suit claim that, not only did Perry appropriate elements of the song, but that the video tarnished their production by using imagery associated with black magic and witchcraft; ideologies that Flame strongly opposes. It was originally reported that the matter had been settled out of court; however, as of late 2018, the case was set to go to trial. On July 29, 2019, a jury sided with Flame, leaving Perry to pay $550,000 and her label to pay the remaining $2.78 million. On March 17, 2020, Judge Christina A. Snyder overturned the jury award, citing numerous factors, including that the musical theme was both simple and common, and that the evidence given did not support the jury's award. Snyder vacated the jury's verdict and denied motions for a new trial, but stated that should the case be heard on appeal at the Ninth Circuit, that a new jury trial would be required. Flame filed a notice of appeal at the Ninth Circuit on April 13, 2020.
|2007||Our World: Fallen
|2008||Our World: Redeemed
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