Mark began making a name for himself as a singer-songwriter in the vibrant cultural scene of Washington, DC. While still a teen, he caught the attention of legendary songwriter Tom Paxton, who lit a fire in the young writer, leading him to Nashville and a publishing deal with Cherry Lane Music.
Today he is a well-published and critically acclaimed songwriter, having won distinguished songwriting awards, including the Kerrville New Folk Award. Billboard Magazine called Mark’s Neal McCoy hit, Every Man for Himself, “a song with rare lyrical and musical edge and the best cut on the album.” Many other industry publications from the likes of Martin Guitar Company’s Sounding Board Magazine and the UK’s Maverick Magazine have heralded his work. Music Row Magazine said of Mark’s, “Almost too good” and “I’ll bet he’s a killer to hear live.”
Mark is also an author. Kirkus Reviews said of Mark’s first full-length book, The Sons of Starmount: Memoir of a Ten-Year-Old Boy, “Cheerful, more thoughtful than most reminiscences, and quite enjoyable.”
He is a regular contributor to Songbones Magazine, and you can find his blog personal at www.imacre8tive.com. For more information on his music, the book and the companion album, with original songs written from the book, and produced in authentic 1970s style, please visit: www.markelliottcreative.com