R&B singer Marques Houston is finishing up his third album, "Veteran," due Nov. 14 via T.U.G./Universal.

R&B singer Marques Houston is finishing up his third album, "Veteran," due Nov. 14 via T.U.G./Universal. The set features guest appearances from Shawnna, Mya and Yung Joc, and production by the Underdogs, Bryan Michael Cox and Rufus Black, among others.

A video was recently shot for lead single "Favorite Girl," which Houston describes as "a mid-tempo, feel-good song you can drive or clean up to." The singer wrote the majority of the tracks on the new offering.

"I think this is the first album that reflects who I am as an artist and as a man," he tells Billboard.com. "There's a lot that I've been through as far as relationships and just experiencing life. I'm only 25 but I’m veteran because I've been in the industry since I was 8 and I've watched the changes."

Houston says the disc is a natural step up in both his artistic and personal evolution. "My first solo album was basically the setup album, letting everybody know that I was breaking away from the group. The 'Naked' album was really a coming-of-age project, letting everybody know I could talk about sexy stuff and getting the image of a little kid out of people's head," he says. "With this album, I really dug into my soul and deep into my spirit. [Going from] a bad relationship to a new one gave me a lot to write about."

"Veteran" will be the follow-up to 2005's "Naked," which bowed at No. 13 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 390,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Meanwhile, Houston and Omarion, who appeared together in 2004's "You Got Served," will star in the upcoming drama "Somebody Help Me," which was also written and directed by Chris Stokes.

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