Flint, Michigan, who grew up singing in the car during family road trips
and listening to James Brown, The Jackson 5, and The Temptations. He began singing in organized groups
when he was still in the sixth grade.
In 1984, he
and Simeo Overall cut a few sides, such as
“Forever”, “Let’s Get Involved”, and
“Thinking about You”, but they didn’t go anywhere. Onstage, they opened for the likes
of Full Force with Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Rene
and Angela, and Bobby Womack, and went on tour with former Dramatics
member, L.J. Reynolds.
joined Unique, with Jessie Robert Peck, and they released a CD in 1995
entitled Feels so Good on the Rizin Sun label, but it didn’t exactly set the
world ablaze. They recorded
another CD, but it went unreleased.
Marvin left the band and hooked up with a trio that performed in and around
Detroit, but it was a short-lived affiliation, and soon he was a free agent
in animation and theatre, he was picked up by The Spinners. Ex-Unique member Jessie Robert Peck
informed him of the opening, and he did his first show with them on 13th