Marcelius Martin (aka Kariz Marcel) is a New York born, Baltimore raised producer and social-entrepreneur. With his early musical roots sprouting from hip hop, go-go and Baltimore club music, Kariz’s sound is a seamless blend of those worlds. He recently established The Blackwater Production House, an intergenerational collective of artists and business professionals who specialize in producing socially impactful content via arts and entertainment. In 2007, he founded Kariz Kids Youth Enrichment Services (now Innovation Echo Alliance) and within a decade, the organization has created over 30 teaching artist jobs within communities in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and upstate New York, serving over 2,000 youth. Marcel is also a prolific digital developer and has won the Grand Prize in the Baltimore Hackathon for the prototype of an app that can help young people make beats, record vocals, and distribute music all while learning core study subjects. A self-proclaimed “Performative Producer”, he has collaborated with a host of acclaimed musicians including Epic/Wonderland Nigerian-American recording artist Jidenna on his 2019 major label release.