Mark Gibson is a singer/songwriter from Tulsa, OK, who recently transplanted to Cincinnati, Ohio. Over the years, he's been in solo and band projects (including meridianwest) that contained a wide array of sounds and influences.
After the release of his first solo album, "Beautifully Deconstructed," (2012) which still contained influences of bands like U2 and Coldplay, he decided it was time to define his own sound. Gibson's love for music began with the guitar, so it seemed like the right place to start. He quickly realized that when he just played for himself at home, he naturally played bluesy and soulful riffs. He explored those sounds further, and found a more rhythmic and soulful approach to playing and songwriting. When he played and sang in that manner, it felt like he was coming home. Gibson released his sophomore album in 2016, "Blue Eyed Soul," and it represented four years of writing and playing the type of music that he loved. Throughout 2017, he recorded a few live shows at Soul City in Tulsa, and released a full-length live album, "Live from Soul City" on February 3rd, 2018. The album showcases a seven piece band of wonderful Tulsa and Oklahoma City musicians. It's raw and emotive; everything you'd expect from a soul band. Now he's taking that sound to Cincinnati. Touring the country is also on the horizon for 2018, but no matter where Gibson travels, that Okie Soul will always be in the passenger seat.