Mark J P Hood, 27, was overcome with emotion halfway into our first interview, and it is easy to understand why. For the past 3 years, he’s been the popular R&B singer known for singles “Make Up Love”, ” Falling For You” and “Aint Gonna Change”. After gaining his own buzz Hood appeared on season 9 of NBC’s The Voice. Hood recently decided to put his career on the line and acknowledge to his fans that he is gay.
Hood says, “I finally decided to come out because I couldn’t keep trying to be something that I wasn’t,” he tells me.
After Frank Ocean openly penned a letter to his fans about his sexuality several years ago many artist have decided to follow his lead. Homosexuality in the music industry is often kept secret to protect the artist profitability. Doug Peterson who is head of A&R at T.I.‘s Grand Hustle label says, “public relations teams,labels, artist development teams often tell homosexual artist to live by the don’t ask don’t tell policy.”
Hood accepts that his announcement could mark the end of his music career too, but he hopes it will signal a fresh start instead. He plans to continue making music and will release a new single later this year and hope all his fans continue to support him. For more information of Mark Hood be sure to follow him on Instagram @MarkJPHood.