Mark Weber has loved music since he was a little kid. He grew up listening to the music his parents liked– jazz from Dad, Motown and rock from Mom… Some of their favorites included the Four Freshmen, Nancy Wilson, The Supremes, Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Carpenters, The Beach Boys and Tina Turner.
Mark’s first record was the The Chipmunks Christmas album and the first CD he bought was Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s “Homebase.”
Along the way friends introduced him to other genres, like Country music, punk, Celtic and EDM.
“People will usually tell you they like all types of music, except either Country or rap,” he says. “I’m unusual, because I like both of those.”
Mark started going to music concerts at any early age, and has seen a plethora of artists live in concert, including Sheila E., Orkesta Mendoza, Postmodern Jukebox, Lake Street Dive, Twisted Sister, Smokey Robinson, Reba McEntire, Barenaked Ladies, The Reign of Kindo, CeCe Peniston, Arrested Development, Lucy Wainwright Roche, The Temptations/The Four Tops, Matt Cusson, For King & Country, The Pointer Sisters, Kenny Loggins, Chicago, Michael McDonald, Huey Lewis & The News, Melissa Etheridge, Blondie, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Eric Burdon of The Animals, Jars of Clay, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, Jackie Evancho, Charlotte Church, U2, Tina Turner, The Four Freshmen, Beach Boys, KC & The Sunshine Band, Patti LaBelle, En Vogue, Sixpence None The Richer, Brooks & Dunn, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Allen Toussaint, Tuba Skinny, Bobby Brown, Donny Osmond, Shabba Ranks, Selah, Vickie Winans, CeCe Winans, Kenny Rogers, Natalie Cole, Aaron Neville, Hall & Oates, Down With Webster, The Spinners, Gladys Knight, The O’Jays, Robert Randolph, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, MercyMe, Newsboys, Rod Stewart, Over The Rhine, Birds of Chicago, Clint Holmes, Marc Scibilia, Claudette King, Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, and Santana.
As a teenager, Mark started writing articles for newspapers and magazines, which eventually lead to getting a Master’s degree in Journalism from Regent University.
Having interviewed and/or written about some 2,500 music artists… so far… some of the highlights included Mary J. Blige, Charlie Daniels, Dionne Warwick, and Joan Osborne. Always eclectic in musical taste, Mark’s published articles have appeared in The National Enquirer and Gospel Today magazine, for example.
Eventually Mark started singing pop-jazz with his dad’s jazz group, and that lead to recording three albums, one of which, a pop album of original songs called Days Like These, is available for download on iTunes and CDBaby.
Meanwhile, Mark continues to love promoting music artists–of all genres–via social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn) and this site, the “Mark Weber Music Blog.”