Mark Wright

Mark Wright

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

If you like John Mayer/Rob Thomas you will love Mark. He plays acoustic shows primarily but for larger gigs he has a band he uses. Mark is a real pro and easy to work with. Mark's played everything from opening for Queensryche at B of A Centre in Boise to small house parties and everything inbetween

Biography

Biography
With a cache of powerful, passionate songs and an impenetrable, echoing voice that has a tendency to stay in your head, Mark Wright is more than just another singer/songwriter from the state of Washington.
Wright has dedicated more than half his life to the passion of writing and performing music. His obsession began as a little boy growing up in Northern Washington in a music-loving family. "My family used to listen to Barry Manilow, and sing along with him," says Wright. "It was an opportunity to get our voices loose and have fun." Although his musical tastes were questionable in the beginning, as a youngster, Wright kept pursuing music through the traditional routes. "I sang a medley at the school talent show with some friends, and tried the choir," says Wright.
Wright got serious about music at around age 17 when he became part of a U2 cover band. "U2 was undoubtedly my biggest influence," says Wright. "I love the emotion in all of their songs about hope and the uncertainty of youth." While the young singer embraced the melody and emotion of U2, he developed a hunger for a heavier edge courtesy of the budding Seattle grunge scene. "I spent most of my time studying Soundgarden's style," says Wright. "I love their ability to blend power and fury within the confines of melodic music."
While pursuing a degree in East Asian Studies at Western Washington University, Wright did time as the drummer, vocalist and lead songwriter for bands such as Cain's Libido and Gypsy Sandcastle. Although neither group reached the same levels of fame as their Seattle counterparts, the experience gave Wright an education in working as a member of a band. Through his involvement with both groups, Wright cemented his commitment to songwriting and performing.
Wright's biggest success came after earning a Master's Degree in Education, when he met up with Drummer David Caron. Caron and Wright formed the hard rock, power foursome known as Black. Black went on to release three albums, headline club tours, and sell over 5,000 albums. They also made appearances at famed gigs such as the Bite of Seattle, an opening slot for Queensryche at The Bank of America Center in Boise, and two dates as house band on the Jenny Jones Show.
After the fury of Black, Wright decided to get back to his more melodic, U2 roots, and along with Caron formed Middle 8. While Middle 8's music incorporated the power of Black, it also gave equal time to Wright's passion for melody and intricate lyrics. "I love to sit here and feel the band," says Wright. Middle 8 had a successful underground run with its first release entitled Hero, selling over 5,000 CDs.
Wright now focuses his time and energy working on his solo career, writing and performing acoustic sets of music with drama and emotion. His choice is to downplay the frivolity of image, and create songs with depth. "Music should move people, but the world is a difficult place now, and we expect to be entertained by the look of the band more than the sound of the band," says Wright.
When he's not doing music, Wright is teaching World History and Japanese to high school kids. He also coaches high school varsity girls' basketball and soccer, but his love and passion lives in music. With honed songwriting skills, recording experience, and a slew of notable performances under his belt, Wright looks forward to a bright future filled with great music. "There is a lot of good music out there right now, and I'm glad to be a part of it!"

Lyrics

All In You

Written By: Mark Wright and David Caron

All in You

It’s too much to ignore
The footstep of a man
Whose had a life to endure
And felt the pain of the plan

He’s had a lot to explore
There’s been too much to say
They never found the cure
A new question on a new day

Do you believe in what they say
Do you find comfort in the game
It’s all in you – inside of you

I’m not alone anymore
A heart beats for me
It’s just behind the door
That swings open for me

We all watched and waited for this time to come
Saw a man frustrated pushing his support away
We all watched and waited – for his face to touch the sun
Bright sun will change him – Take hold of him inside

Do you believe in what they say
Do you find comfort in the game
It’s all in you – inside of you

Words & Music: Mark Wright and David Caron Copyright 2005 Rockola Music Co

Stack

Written By: Mark Wright

Stack
Now I arose without a mention
Of the way I was the day before
I met the day with adoration
For life in a place I call my own

I never think about starvation
‘Cause I can always eat and sleep
The scents of earth bring exploration
That bring me right on down the road

To find the sedentary life for what it is
I got no need to carry hate upon my back
The riches of the world never pass me by
Because I’m free

I mix it up and send a message
That you can’t come into my home
The echo of my voice surrounds me
But for this I don’t atone

To kick and scratch and fight the lever
Puts my heart upon a sleeve
I know what I can do to gain praise
I know what to do to gain reprieve

To find the sedentary life for what it is
I got no need to carry hate upon my back
The riches of the world never pass me by
Because I’m free

I see the seasons change before me
But I still see him come and go
Why does he leave me out here
When he knows I want to shine

I speculate it’s misbehavior
But then he brings me off my seat
The life I have I’ll always cherish
Because I never miss a beat

To find the sedentary life for what it is
I got no need to carry hate upon my back
The riches of the world

Words & Music: M. Wright, D. Caron, G. Veith, D. Coram

Copyright: Rockola Music Co

You'll Be Free

Written By: Mark Wright, David Caron

You’ll Be Free
I see you watchin’ another day slip by
Another chapter in a joyless life
Can you remember who you used to be
Will you go back there why can’t you see

That you’re free to live the way you want to live
Free to give the things you have to give
Now’s the time to take the time to find out who you are
Once you do – you’ll be free – you’ll be free

I’m here to watch you touch your life
You’re showin’ signs that it’s alright
I can’t believe this Is all you need
You’ve got it in you Will you feel that

You’re free to live the way you want to live
Free to give the things you have to give
Now’s the time to take the time to find out who you are
Once you do – you’ll be free – you’ll be free

Do you feel like you’re all alone now
Can’t you feel me I’m here too
Now is the time to start to reach out
And we’re all waiting here for you

And you’re free to live the way you want to live
Free to give the things you have to give
Now’s the time to take the time to find out who you are
Once you do – you’ll be free – you’ll be free – you’ll be free – you’ll be free

Copyright 2010 Rockola Music Co.

Insane

Written By: David Caron, Mark Wright

Insane
Today I woke up to the sound of a broken world
It seems that every day’s the same
I saw a woman driven to her knees
Her pain took away the breath in me

What has happened to our hearts
Can we feel that mother’s pain
When will there be a peaceful start
Will the tears fall from her in vain insane

It’s just an explosion another roadside bomb
No one even seems to run and hide anymore
I see a screaming father who holds his broken child
Will he find the strength to carry on carry on

What has happened to our minds
Can we feel that father’s pain
When will there be a peaceful start
Will the screams echo out in vain insane

Our world is falling
And we just can’t make it stop
Giving up has never been our way – oh no
Are we so busy that we just can’t find the time
When will we stand together and change the world – oh yeah

What has happened to our hearts
Can we feel that mother’s pain
When will there be a peaceful start
Or will the tears fall from her in vain insane

It’s just another explosion……………………………..


Copyright 2010 Rockola Music Co.

Discography

Black - Self-titled
Black - Straight Away
Black - Lift
Middle 8 - Hero
Mark Wright - Believe