Flame was born Marcus T. Gray in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. He made his debut in 2004 with a self-titled album on Cross Movement Records and earned his first Dove Award nomination a year later with the release of the album Rewind.
Most of FLAME’s life has been lived between two worlds. From the contradicting spheres of gang culture and Christianity that defined his formative years to the blurred lines between the sacred and the secular that shaped his career as the first Midwest Christian rap artist to gain a national platform, FLAME has always been caught in the middle. He may have grown up soaked in street culture, but today he is a well-versed leader in Christian hip-hop with a growing list of accolades, including five Dove Award nominations, three Stellar Award nominations and a GRAMMY® nomination.