Mark’s journey hasn’t been the typical path of most singer/ songwriters.
He didn’t grow up in New York, LA or Nashville. He wasn’t born to musician parents. Or enrolled in music classes from age five and on. He didn’t go to Berkeley, or have an uncle in the record biz, or take lessons from Shawn Mullins.
He grew up in a small town in Maine, spent all his time devoted to sports, and didn’t even pick up a guitar until he was 17. And he worked for years as an English teacher & professional writer before ever writing his first song.
In a world of teenage American Idol winners, Mark was a late-bloomer.
But maybe that’s what the music world could use a little more of.
But he did have 10 years of living in various cities in every corner of the country to draw from. Hardship & heartbreak as a teacher working with troubled teens. Exploits as a traveling writer in Europe. Star-crossed relationships. Epic road trips. Failed jobs. And a lot of hard-won knowledge of the self.
But he was always making music on the side. And always in love with melody. Whether from the countless Beatles & Eagles albums his father played in the house growing up, or the endless spins of U2, Crowded Hou...