Hailing from Los Angeles, Houston comes with a glossy R&B-meets-hip-hop vibe that will endear him to radio programmers and female fans alike. He started singing as a child and was raised by his mother, a Belize native who also sang. While attending L.A.'s Hamilton High School and Academy of Music, Houston joined several different groups and could often be found freestyling (but singing, not rapping) in the neighborhood. Soon he was honing his skills in various talent competitions, which led to a deal with Capitol Records. Houston's debut LP It's Already Written dropped in the summer of 2004, hot on the heels of his breakthrough single "I Like That."