Emerging Atlanta based record label Marquis Boone Enterprises, LLC (MBE), a multifaceted full service, entertainment and media company that holds, endeavors in publishing, music, television, management, and philanthropy are celebrating the success of six Billboard #1’s within the last year from their breakout artists Casey J and Briana “Bri” Babineaux. Founded in 2013 at the age of 26, budding industry executive Marquis Boone started Marquis Boone Enterprises LLC and rapidly began to launch into various different business ventures which gained recognition for their innovative marketing ideas, hard work ethic, eye for talent, and discovering Casey J and then-19 year-old Briana “Bri” Babineaux whom both were launched into global superstardom. Earlier this year, leading gospel print publication Root Magazine named Boone a “Top 20 Power Player in Gospel Music in 2015” and was recently featured in The New York Times Newspaper along with his artists Casey J, Bri, and recent label signees Kelontae Gavin and C. West
Casey J spent her days contently in the classroom as an educator. Although she’d spent a deal of time as a Worship Leader, and eventually, a Worship Pastor at Boone’s Fresh Start Church of Duluth, GA ( a suburb of Atlanta), being an artist was never in the plans. Casey J began to sing singer-songwriter Will Reagan’s tune “Fill Me Up” at her church and it received such a positive response that Boone, decided to have her record the song. On January 30, 2015 Casey J recorded her debut album entitled THE TRUTH at her home church. “Fill Me Up” was serviced to gospel radio in the spring of 2014. “Fill Me Up” hit the #1 spot on March 7, 2015 spending 14 non-consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Airplay chart and eight non-consecutive weeks at #1 on its Hot Gospel Songs hybrid chart that tabulates airplay, streaming and sales.
Her rousing second single, the spiritual anthem “I’m Yours”reached #1 on March 14, 2016 and maintained that spot for four consecutive weeks. “I’m Yours” and “Fill Me Up” both hail from Casey J’s best-selling album THE TRUTH (Marquis Boone Enterprises, LLC/Tyscot Records, LLC). The soul-lifting project debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums sales chart last spring and has held a spot on the chart for more than 50 weeks. The album also made an impact on the US Billboard 200 landing at #131. It’s the first time in the history of the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart that any artist’s debut album has spawned two number one songs on the survey. The success of Casey J’s two singles and debut album led to two 2015 Gospel Music Association Dove Award nominations and a 2016 Stellar Award win as New Artist of the Year.
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