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Alberta boy Mark Lorenz will certainly grab the audience's attention at the Saturday night beer gardens.
- Edmonton Sun


"Mark Lorenz and his band did a great job for Telus Country Fever in our beer gardens. They got the crowd involved right off the start and kept them involved throughout their performance".
- Ken Truhn - Organizer


On behalf of the Airdrie Rodeo Ranch Association and Airdrie Pro Rodeo I would like to recognize Mark for the fine work he has done for our Rodeo.
We appreciate very much all Mark has done for our Rodeo. His hard work and dedication have gone a long way to making our Rodeo a bigger and better event each year.

Yours in the Western Spirit

Brenda Moon
President - Brenda Moon - President


Up-and-coming country performer Mark Lorenz will be sharing his brand of country rock during a pair of weekend shows at the Living Sky Casino.Lorenz and his band will be on stage on Friday and Saturday, fresh off an appearance during Canadian Music Week in Toronto.
"It is gonna be a really cool thing for us because we do have a fairly good following in Saskatchewan and we love getting out to Saskatchewan. Unfortunately we don't get out there as often as we probably should," Lorenz said during a phone interview.

Lorenz, who boasts a pair of CD releases in Reputation (1998) and Black (2006), also enjoyed a career highlight back in 1996 when he stood on centre stage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
"That was probably the most incredible experience of my musical career to this date. It was... to date, it's been a once in a lifetime opportunity. It allowed me to showcase my talent, and the talent that Canadians have, down in Nashville in front of an American crowd, which was awesome. It also allowed me to stand on the stage where every one of my country music heroes has stood at one point or another. I don't normally get a really bad case of nerves before I go and play, but standing backstage at the Opry waiting for them to call my name, I was shaking."
He said his show in Swift Current will be fun for his fans.
"We're gonna be bringin' the redneck party to SC for sure! There'll be a little bit of everything."
“We haven’t played in Swift Current ... I’ll bet ya it’s been 10 years since we played there when we used to be a club band years and years ago.”


INTERVIEW

BOOSTER: So you’ve been doing this for a while?

LORENZ: We have. It’s been seventeen years in the works.

BOOSTER: Yes. Your “overnight success”.

LORENZ: Seventeen years to an overnight success.

BOOSTER: What did you do during your 48-week tour?

LORENZ: We traveled. We’ve actually done multiple long-term tours over the last 17 years, traveling from Juno Alaska to Corpus Christi Texas and every possible place in between. We did a lot of honky tonk tours. It was… all of our stuff to date has only been North American, but we’re looking to expand that within the next couple of years.

BOOSTER: What was the significance of “Route 72” was for the name of your CD?

LORENZ: Well it might have something to do with my birth year, but that just an unconfirmed comment. (laughed). Route 72… I mean, 1972 is my birth year, and when we were looking for a title for the album, when we put all the material together for the album, it just turned into this … driving album, and by driving I mean, you put in your car or your truck, you get in and you just go. Every song is kinda just ‘hit the highway and drive’. Go explore, do something. Have some fun. And Route 72 just sort of came out of that. It fit so well, so we decided to run with it.

BOOSTER: Did you actually travel on Route 72?

LORENZ: We do, actually. We’ve done quite a bit of time on Route 72. Highway 72 is a highway that’s only … probably 25 miles from my house. We’ve taken it a millions times. It runs from Beiseker, Alta. straight through to Kindersley, on the way to Saskatoon. We’ve spent a lot of time traveling to Saskatoon … Prince Albert … Yorkton … Battleford.

BOOSTER: That’s quite a step from when you were on the stage at Nashville in the Grand Ole Opry. What was that like?

LORENZ: That was probably the most incredible experience of my musical career to this date. It was… to date, it’s been a once in a lifetime opportunity. It allowed me to showcase my talent, and the talent that Canadians have, down in Nashville in front of an American crowd, which was awesome. It also allowed me to stand on the stage where every one of my country music heroes has stood at one point or another. I don’t normally get a really bad case of nerves before I go and play, but standing backstage at the Opry waiting for them to call my name, I was shaking.

BOOSTER: So it’s humbling as well as elevating.

LORENZ: It was extremely humbling. Because you know you walk out into that square circle and you stand exactly where Johnny Cash did, and you stand exactly where Patsy Cline stood. And everybody that’s followed, you know, Merle Haggard. I mean, it is an extremely humbling experience because you do realize you are playing in a house of greatness.

BOOSTER: So where are you in terms of your “overnight success in 17 years”. Do you have a longer term plan?

LORENZ: I want to sustain longevity in this business. There are artists that I don’t necessarily tailor my career after but I fully respect because of their longevity. George Strait would be one, you know. From the time he started to the present, he is the king of country music, I mean, hands down. He does what he… he plays, sings and does the kind of music that he wants to do, and people respect that. And I believe that that’s the type of artist I want to become. I want to write stuff about real life. I wan - The Southwest Booster - Swift Current, Sask


ON THE HORIZON WITH MARK LORENZ
Stars are born of innate talent and often unexpected circumstance – but a dare? Mark Lorenz is one star that has it all: talent, luck and modesty. Although, he certainly wasn’t shy when we got a hold of him to discuss his unprecedented success...

From friend’s birthdays to the Grand Ole Opry, Mark’s had the opportunity to impress audiences of all varieties. But who has made a lasting impression on him? “George Strait” was his immediate response; “the type of music, the longevity of his career and the fact that his image has remained consistent throughout,” are all aspects that Mark hopes to emulate in his own pursuit.

Not only does Mark excel at performing, but he’s also an avid songwriter. He’s no stranger to the perils of the trade, and describes the experience as both a “blessing and a curse; when you’re awake at three o’clock in the morning and can’t get to sleep until you write down that last line,” he discloses that the process doesn’t always come easy to him (does it for anybody?) and states that his songs, “tend to come together on different terms”; sometimes he whips up a chorus in five minutes, while others require a bit more insight.

When asked what event has been pivotal to his music career, Mark responded that he “hasn’t quite hit it yet. Sure, I’ve been successful and been able to pursue music as a living,” which, even for some, remains an unrequited desire, “but I haven’t had that breakthrough moment just yet”. Perhaps fame is just around the corner for this hard-working performer.

Mark has already enjoyed considerable success, but where does he hope to be in five years time? “Playing at the Grand Ole Opry would be great - I really just hope to be doing the same thing I am now; there’s no limit in this business.”

Although Mark owes much of his musical inspiration to his small town, country upbringing, he feels that he would have been drawn to music regardless of where he was exposed to it. “Your environment has a lot to do with it. On the farm, I grew up with country music – it was just around all the time.” Had he been reared in the urban city of Toronto or Vancouver, who knows where this gifted artist might be? But one thing’s for sure – you can take the singer out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the singer!

Artist Biography

Mark Lorenz’s passion for music started early. Mark’s first time in a studio to record was brought about by a dare to record a country song for a friend’s birthday.

In 1996, Mark went to Nashville and was invited to play at the legendary Grand Ole Opry. With his passion growing, Mark went back to the studio to record his debut 5 song EP Reputation in 1998 and released the title track to radio across Canada. He toured vigorously, promoting himself and his music. This helped in selling over 7500 units of his debut EP from stage sales alone.

Mark recorded his sophomore CD Black in 2006, self-penning nine of the ten tracks on the CD. Launching this CD in front of a hometown crowd of 10,000 people, Mark proceeded to hit the country music scene with a vigorous stance, releasing four singles to Canadian country radio within an eighteen month span. The response has been phenomenal.

Meeting his mentor, George Strait, inspired this native Albertan to travel back and forth to Nashville, to hone his writing skills by collaborating with a selection of seasoned Nashville songwriters. These skills are displayed beautifully on his upcoming album Route 72, scheduled for release this spring. Mark’s first single “You Wreck Me,” a co-write with Julian Austin, is already being played on country radio across the country.

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www.marklorenz.ca
- CCMA


Alberta-based singer/songwriter Mark Lorenz takes a giant step forward with this new album, thanks in large part to the production input of Nashville's Dean Miller (son of the late Roger (King Of The Road)Miller. Lorenz has also matured nicely as a songwriter writing or co-writing five of the album's new songs (he also has two more of his own tunes on the five-song "bonus" section of the album)
Featured tracks here include the current single, You Wreck Me, a tune Mark Lorenz co-wrote with Julian Austin; as well as Lorenz's own traveling wanderlust song, New Mexico: and the Billy Yates penned Like A Radio, which comes complete with an effective radio static sound effect intro.

To read the full review, check your June 2009 edition of Country Music News - Country Music News by Larry Delaney



Mark Lorenz is back in Grande Prairie next week for two nights at the Great Northern Casino.
There's no place in the world that Mark Lorenz would rather be than on stage.
The Alberta country recording artist says he enjoys working in the studio, but it's live where his songs really come alive.
"I think that live is the best time for any performer. You get on stage and you get to be a part of somebody's life. When they come to see your show you get to be a part of their life," he said on the phone from his native Airdrie.
"I think that as a performer, I try to put myself into every seat of that venue. My job as a performer is to try and take the emotions of my material and sing it so that it touches people."
Lorenz, 37, is currently on tour to support his latest album, Route 72, a record that he says was much easier to make than his debut album, Black.
"I think this album was easier to make because of the experience of the last one. You live and you grow with every album that you put out there," Lorenz said. "As you go along in life, life changes and you learn to appreciate all the little things, and so all of those little things go into that new album."
Like most artists, Lorenz considers an album a sort of snapshot into his life at the time he was writing it, and Route 72 is no exception. It's not by accident that the album has a much happier vibe than his previous work, he says.
"I finally reached the stage in my life where everything seems to be clicking, and everything seems to be going along the path you want it to go. And Route 72 is really about that…it's like that Sunday driving music," he said.
"It's like an everyday driving music, but it's especially like a nice, sunny, Sunday driving music. You get in your car, you're not sure where you're going to go, you just put the CD, in you turn it up, and you drive."
With 2009 winding down, Lorenz said he still cannot believe the year he and his band have had, having travelled to new places and met new people.
"This year has been unbelievable. This year we've accomplished every goal that we set out to accomplish and more. With the release of Route 72, our fan base has super exceeded what we thought it was going to be for this year," he said.
Lorenz comes to Grande Prairie next week to play the Great Northern Casino on Nov. 19, 20, and 21.
"They can expect high energy, a good time, and all-around fun." rzaccagna@bowesnet.com - REMO ZACCAGNA – Herald-Tribune staff


Canada has a way of giving the country music genre imports that combine styles of pop and rock into their countrified mix and Mark Lorenz follows that suit. He brings together good, old fashioned, rock-n-roll with his country flavorings even covering the likes of John Fogerty's "Centerfield" on his newest album Route 72. His blending of country styled rock and southern rock has catapulted to the status of an artist to watch in his native Canada and has also started to created a buzz for him within' the states. We caught up with Mark to chat about the new album, covering Fogerty, the country music scenes in Canada versus the US, and much much more.


1. What can people expect to hear when they hit play on your new album Route 72?

It's driving music. It's one of those cd's that you get in your car whether it be Sunday afternoon or any day of the week, you just want to get out and drive, you just throw the cd into your player, turn it up and hit the road.

2. A song that may instantly catch people's ears is your cover of the popular John Fogerty hit "Centerfield." Why did you decide that this was a song that you needed to cut?

You know there have been so many covers songs that we have played over the span of my career, when you start out in the clubs. And then there are some covers that we played that have just stuck with us through the years that we just get a crowd response from or it could be one of the favorite songs that we just played. "Centerfield" was always a fan favorite, people always requested it, people always wanted to hear it. It was just an easy stretch to put it on the cd because it was one of our favorites, it was one of our fan favorites, and it was just an easy mix to put it on the cd.

3. What differences will people hear in your version in comparison to Fogerty's?

It's been countrified. We get asked that question a lot and it's kind of a hard question to answer because you take every cover song that you do and you don't normally try to do it the same way as say Fogerty did, you try to put your own spin onto that song. So when we were playing with it in the studio, we tried to find some interesting ways to make the song unique to us. It's hard to take away from a song like "Centerfield." It would be like someone trying to recut "Sweet Home Alabama." It is really hard to take away from songs like that because they are such great songs. So it's just the small thing you do like add a fiddle or a steel. You can't really change it all that much because it's too good of a song to mess up to much. We just sort of countrified it and made it our own.

4. The other single released from the album first was "You Wreck Me." What can you tell people about this song?

"You Wreck Me" was written by myself and another Canadian artist, Julian Austin. It was our first real writing experience together and we had sat down and tried to figure out what we were going to write about. We went through everyone has done leaving songs, drinking songs and hurting songs. Julian looked at me and said, why don't we write a song about our wives. Not in a bad way, but in a good way about how they wrecked us in a good way. As funny as it sounds, this is a really crazy business and finding somebody that will stick by you through it all is pretty amazing. It just came about and I was like hey that's kind of a cool play on words "You Wreck Me." The words just came pouring out on the page in about 5 minutes. I was like that's a great song that we need to release on radio. The rest is history.

5. Why did you feel it was a good way to introduce you and your new album to listeners?

The single was right directly in my range and style. It was upbeat, it was catchy, and it just fit into that whole driving idea behind the album about how you just put the song into your radio and crack it and drive. It fit into that so well that we were like it just has to be the first single because this will set up the rest of the singles on the album.

6. To follow-up you have released "Like A Radio." What makes this song the perfect follow-up single to "Centerfield?"

"Like A Radio" was a perfect follow up for a couple different reasons. It's a very radio friendly song and it just fit in with everything that was going on at that time. Life gets so crazy but sometimes it's cool to have that somebody at home that will be there for you. It's also a song that everyone can relate with. Everybody is in a relationship, whether it's crazy or whether it's dull, you know life's ups and downs and that's what the song is about.

7. Being from Canada and being a part of their country music scene, what are the major differences that you've noticed between the Canadian and US music scenes?

The major differences are marketplace. One of the things that Canadian artists have to do is drive to really make it work up here because we have such a smaller audience across the country. We only have like 35 million people across the entire - Today's Country Magazine


After touring throughout Canada and the United States, country singer Mark Lorenz is happy to be back on home turf.

Lorenz, originally from Airdrie, is coming to Cochrane to play the Rockyview Hotel — and he couldn’t be happier.

“We have a pretty big fan base in the area,” Lorenz said, adding it’s always fun when old fans have a chance to come out and see how the performer has evolved since his start.

“The shows just get better and better and better because folks just love to watch you advance.”

When it comes to pegging down a specific sound and describing his music, Lorenz said “that’s one of the toughest questions to answer.”

“Super charged country music would be a good way to explain it,” he said, adding he also draws influences from other types of music and incorporates it into his own. “There’s something in the show for everybody.”

Lorenzo recently released his new CD Route 72 and plays the Stageline Saloon Feb. 5-6 starting at 9 p.m. - Cochrane Eagle



By Lana Michelin - Red Deer Advocate
Published: March 12, 2009 6:37 AM

Alberta singer Mark Lorenz says he doesn’t do commercial or traditional country, but is a “real-life country” artist.
The 36-year-old actually grew up on a 150-head cattle and horse ranch near Airdrie and attended the local rodeo every summer.
“It was a big thing for my family,” recalled Lorenz, who will perform in Red Deer from Thursday, March 19, to Saturday, March 21, at Wild Bill’s in the North Hill Inn.
Although he lives in Airdrie proper now with his wife and three kids, Lorenz remains a partner in the farm operation with his dad and fuels his music with childhood memories.
The experiences of walking down country roads barefoot and skinny-dipping in a local pond were captured in his tune Sweet Summer Nights, from his 2006 CD Black, which got decent airplay and became the theme song of a pro rodeo marketing campaign.
More new songs based on his country origins will be featured on his second album, Route 72, including Six-Pack and a Full Moon, about the comfort he feels in coming back to Airdrie after “spending time in this crazy music business.
“It’s nice to be able to come back to the place where you’re from and just take my wife’s hand and kick back . . .” he said.
Lorenz has already released his first single from the new album, You Wreck Me, to country radio. Written with Manitoba singer Julian Austin, Lorenz said it’s a tribute to both of their wives, “who are crazy to love us and put up with us while we’re chasing the neon dream.”
That dream recently got a push forward when Lorenz was featured in the Canadian Country Music Association’s February newsletter as an up-and-coming “horizon” artist.
The performer, who hasn’t entertained in this city for about four years due to a shortage of live-music venues, said he’s looking forward this month to “reigniting the redneck party in Red Deer,” where he has a loyal fan base. Lorenz will sing three sets that start at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge.
lmichelin@reddeeradvocate.com - Red Deer Advocate


Discography

Reputation - 5 song EP
Reputation - First EP radio release
Mark Lorenz(Black) - 10 song full album
Hillbilly State Of Mind - First album radio release
Wouldn't Change A Thing - Released June 11, 2007
The Way She Walks Away-Released Jan 28, 2008
Sweet Summer Nights - Released May 2008
New Album - Route 72- released March 13 2009
You Wreck Me - Released January 12, 2009
Centerfield - Released May 19, 2009

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Bio

Mark Lorenz’s passion for music started early.  While traveling throughout North America, competing in horse shows with his parents; one could always hear Mark singing along to the likes of Marty Robbins, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Bryan Adams and John Cougar Mellencamp. Mark's first studio experience was brought about by a dare to record a country song for a friend’s birthday. From there, Mark's passion for country music escaladed from singing a few tunes for family and friends to eventually performing at local venues.

In 1996, Mark had the opportunity to showcase within the “squared circle” at the legendary Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.  This prestigious opportunity only amplified his passion for country music. Mark recruited his band, and began touring extensively throughout Canada and the USA, at clubs such as Caravan in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Saddlelite in Rock Springs, Wyoming; Houston's in Brandon, Manitoba; and Coyote's in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Mark went back to the studio to record a 5 song EP called Reputation in 1998. He released the title track “Reputation” to radio across Canada and received some solid airplay. Mark filled his calendar with 48 weeks of the year out on tour, including a spot at the Merritt Mountain Music Jamboree.

In 2006, Mark recorded his sophomore CD Black, a ten song album (9 of which Mark wrote himself), including the single “Sweet Summer Nights” which was written for the Airdrie Pro Rodeo Association.  The CD release party was held in front of a hometown crowd of 10,000 people.  Four singles from the album; "Hillbilly State Of Mind," "Wouldn't Change A Thing," "The Way She Walks Away" and "Sweet Summer Nights;" received airplay on Canadian country radio. Mark continued to play venues across the country including Big Valley Jamboree, Telus Country Music Festival, and Airdrie Pro Rodeo.

Since 1997 this native Albertan has frequently traveled back and forth to Nashville honing his writing skills. Pairing with numerous seasoned songwriters in Nashville and Canada; this combination has attributed in the development of the singles on his newest CD "Route 72", released in spring 2009. The album taps into Mark’s writing creativity and includes the first single released to radio across Canada, “You Wreck Me” which was co-written with Julian Austin. Branded with his own country twist, Mark does a countryfied upbeat remake of the John Fogerty tune, “Centerfield.” This summer Mark filmed two videos in support of the album, “Somewhere in Alberta” and “Like A Radio,” the current single at Canadian radio.

A born entertainer, Mark's likes to give back to the community, from hosting his annual charity golf tournament, to entertaining on many other charity event stages.  He continues to play festivals, jamborees as well as finding himself front and centre stage opening for artists ranging from Road Hammers, Clay Walker, Tracy Byrd, Emerson Drive, Johnny Reid to Trooper and April Wine.

Mark's music is a blend of hard core country, hillbilly rock, and spiced with some good ole southern rock.  This seasoned singer/songwriter's continuous ability to enthrall audiences leaves even the reluctant ... hollering for more after each performance.