Marcus Canty

Marcus Canty
Birth name Marcus Canty
Born (1991-01-22) January 22, 1991
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Genres Pop, R&B, soul
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, dancer
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards
Years active 2011present
Labels Epic Records[1]
Associated acts L.A. Reid, The X Factor (U.S.) 2011 finalists, Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Wale

Marcus Canty (born January 22, 1991) is an American R&B and soul singer and dancer. He finished in fourth place in the first season of The X Factor USA.

Early life

Marcus Canty was born in Washington, D. C. and raised in Landover, Maryland by his single mother, Darlene M. Canty. He attended Columbia Park Elementary School in Landover, Maryland; Hyattsville Middle School, in Hyattsville, Maryland; DeMatha Catholic High School also in Hyattsville, Maryland; and graduated from Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland. He started acting at the age of 3 in church plays and graduated to the big stage in an award winning OneStage production’s play titled, A Family That Prays Together. He didn't tap into his singing talent until the age of 11. His first public performance was at the world-famous Apollo Theater in New York where he won second place against adult and youth contenders. He continued singing in church, school choirs, county and state choirs, while also singing in talent shows and other competitions and events throughout the United States and Canada. While singing was something that came natural to Canty, basketball was his first real love. He began playing the sport at the age of eight and continued to play throughout high school until he was given an ultimatum of basketball or singing. Realizing that he wouldn't be 6'6” tall, singing became his obvious choice, and he is now pursuing his dreams.

Music career

During his audition on the X-Factor, he sang "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder. His musical influences include Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Usher, Donny Hathaway, Boyz II Men, Mary J. Blige, Monica, Bobby Brown, and Whitney Houston. At judges' houses, he performed "All My Life" by K-Ci & JoJo. On December 1, he landed in the bottom 3 with Drew and Astro, and had to sing off against Drew. Simon Cowell voted to eliminate him, but Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul and his mentor L.A. Reid voted to save him. Then, on December 8, he landed in the bottom 2 yet again, along with Rachel Crow. The judges went into deadlock for a second time, and he was saved by having more votes than Crow. In the semi-finals, Canty was eliminated by receiving the least number of votes, taking fourth place overall.

Performances and results

Performance Theme Song choice Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice I Wish Through to Bootcamp
Judges; Houses Solo All My Life Through to Live Shows
Week 1 N/A Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?" Safe by L.A. Reid
Week 2 N/A Every Little Step Safe (5th)
Week 3 Songs from Movies I'm Going Down Safe (9th)
Week 4 Rock Piece of My Heart Safe (7th)
Week 5 Giving Thanks A Song for Mama Bottom three
Final Showdown (Week 5) No theme "You Lost Me" Saved by Deadlock (7th)
Week 6 Michael Jackson PYT (Pretty Young Thing) Bottom three
Final Showdown (Week 6) No theme "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)" Saved by Judges' Vote (6th)
Week 7 Dance Music Hits "Ain't Nobody Bottom two
Save Me Songs "Song For You"
Final Showdown (Week 7) No theme I'm Going Down Saved by Deadlock (4th)
Week 8 Pepsi Challenge "I'll Make Love To You" Eliminated
by Public Vote (4th)
"Get me to the final" songs (no specific theme) "Careless Whisper"

Post X-Factor

On January 18, 2012, Epic Records announced that Canty, along with two other contestants, who were also mentored by LA Reid, had all signed recording contracts.[1] On March 7, 2012, Canty released his first single “Won't Make a Fool Out of You", which was featured in the 2012 film Think Like a Man, an adaptation of Steve Harvey's book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. As of March 22, 2012, "Won't Make A Fool Out of You" charted at #98 on Billboard's R/B chart. It was sent to urban AC radio stations on May 15, 2012[2] as the third single from the soundtrack. On July 31, Marcus released his second single, "In & Out," which featured Wale. Marcus released his debut extended play, This...Is Marcus Canty, on March 5, 2013.[3] The EP only debuted at 114 on the US Billboard 200. With its low sales, he was dropped from Epic in July 2013.



Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2012 "Won't Make A Fool Out Of You" 69 Think Like a Man
"In & Out" (Feat. Wale) 56 This...Is Marcus Canty
"Used By You"

Extended plays

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
This...Is Marcus Canty 114 4,000


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