Bio

Bio

Award-winning musician and artist Mark Gothard has been writing and recording for more than 25 years, airing his wares across the nation as a traveling troubadour across the East Coast with stops in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Boston, as well as the Santa Cruz Mountains and Jackson, Wyoming. Now again based in his native Los Angeles, Mark has written more than 300 songs and performed at many of the music capital’s renowned venues, including House of Blues, Largo, B.B. King and The Troubadour.

 

The early months of 2016 proved bountiful as Mark prepares the release this year of his seventh full-length CD, drawing inspiration from Americana and blues and such heroes as Buddy Holly, B.B. King and Lightnin’ Hopkins. In January, the album’s preview single “Lovesick” was embraced by global licensing company Pop-Up Music for placement in film and/or TV.

 

In February, new song “It’s Alright” was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award in the Blues Category—Mark’s third HMMA nomination. For the third year, he will attend the gala awards and red carpet ceremony at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood this November.

 

Meanwhile, Mark’s feature story—which features his song “Dive Bar Lawn” from his sixth indie CD “Fly The Coop”—has marked more than 1 million marketing impressions among readers of publisher Marquix Global Network’s syndicates.

 

“I thought that 2015 was rewarding, but the first part of 2016 has been a real inspiration for my music career,” Mark says. “I’ve been working on the new CD for nearly a year and a half, and it is by far my most complete and focused work. This disc is meant to entertain, be very listenable and get your toes tappin’. I can’t wait to share it.”

 

Mark’s current “Fly the Coop” (available on CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon), produced & recorded with Terry Bailey, has been characterized as “Ryan Adams meets Johnny Cash.” It followed 2013’s acclaimed “The Poet,” which channels the spirit of musical heroes Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits.

 

In January 2015, he was awarded the Akademia Music Award for Best Folk/Americana Song, honoring “Dive Bar Lawn.” The song was also nominated for an HMMA in the Americana/Folk/Acoustic category. Adding to his kudos, Mark’s track “Timbuktu”—recorded by Nashville’s Paramount Group Inc.—won the 2013 Director’s Award in the Nashville International Song and Lyric Contest, while his “Jesse James” was nominated for a 2012 HMMA in the Folk/Acoustic Category.

 

In his younger years, Mark was a Varsity Tennis player attending Princeton University. When a teammate showed him how to strum a few chords on the guitar, his career fate quickly transitioned from a strung racket to six strings. He has also earned a Master’s in Education, with teaching credentials, but his roots remain firmly planted in song.

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