Hello friends! Welcome back to another episode of Festival Pass Stories podcast. This week, we’re taking it back to the music scene. If you’re a fan of country rock, you’ll love this guest. We have singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Mark Mackay. M
ark learned how to play music while growing up right outside of San Francisco, California. His parents were insistent on him learning how to play an instrument as a child, so Mark began practicing classical piano at nine years old. He admits that playing piano was not the cool thing to do in the eyes of a nine year old boy, but he’s grateful that his parents made him stick with it. After deciding to transition his talents into learning how to play the guitar, and specifically country music; Mark’s affinity for the art was flourishing and his career would soon follow. Already giving everything he’s got to his craft, Mark’s mindset was to move to LA where he attended the College of Contemporary Music, and became a musician full-time.
There isn’t a special formula to make it in the business; a lot of things have to go right at the same time. Mark made great connections while going to school which aided in his success. What really impressed our host Pat Tully, is that Mark climbed his way up to where he is today. What first started as playing in front of small crowds at local bars, turned into playing for bigger audiences at major music festivals and iconic venues. After releasing two EPs, Mark was named as one of the Top 100 National Live Acts by Music Connection Magazine.
Mark’s charisma on stage has allowed him to perform covers and original songs at places like The Ryman Auditorium. He also sang the National Anthem at AT&T Park for his hometown San Francisco Giants. Music aficionados would classify Mark’s music as a mix of country and rock n’ roll. Songs like “Always Rains in Portland” and “ Get Me Through the Night” showcases all of his musical ability and energy as an artist. Live events are what we live for at FPS, and Mark has toured with acts like REO Speedwagon, Luke Bryan, and Keith Urban. We hope that Mark continues his trajectory to become Country Music royalty himself.
We really appreciate Mark for coming on to the show, so please show support by listening to his latest EP, “Leaving California” on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming platforms. Make sure to also connect with him on social media and visit his website for bookings and tour dates.
“It’s like a golf game. In the music business, you want to get far and everything needs to be firing on all cylinders. Lightning’s got to strike when everything is working. It’s really hard to do.” - Mark Mackay
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Mark Mackay’s Website: http://www.markmackayofficial.net
Mark Mackay’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/m2mackay
Mark Mackay’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/markmackay/
Mark Mackay’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/markmackayofficial/
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