My Mourning Belle

My Mourning Belle

 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

My Mourning Belle blends the lyrical and melodic sensibilities of a classic singer-songwriter with the exuberance and passion of anthemic rock. The resulting songs are heart-felt and thought-provoking, with melodies that you can sing along to.

Biography

My Mourning Belle is the vision of Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter Mark Allen...

As is evident on the debut EP, "A Place You Hope to Find," the music of My Mourning Belle blends the lyrical and melodic sensibilities of a classic singer-songwriter with the passion and exuberance of anthemic rock. The result is a sound that is both uplifting and melancholic with themes that are at once cynical and romantic. Whether with the anthemic chorus of "Start Again," the haunted soul rock of "Lorelei," the reflective melancholy of "Shedding Skin," or the mournful cries of "When You're Gone," Allen fuses our sadness, hopes, and fears into melodies that we can sing along to.

With more than a decade of singing, writing, and performing behind him, Allen is a veteran of the Milwaukee music scene. As the singer of his previous band, the moody alt-pop rockers, G:Fuzz, he recorded three EPs, one of which was released on the Chicago-based independent label, Foray Two Music. With G:Fuzz, Allen performed all over the Midwest, including such venues as the Double Door in Chicago, the Annex in Madison, the Rave and Shank Hall in Milwaukee, and the world's largest music festival, Summerfest.

Allen debuted as My Mourning Belle on Good Friday 2007 with an acoustic set in front of a SOLD OUT crowd at Linneman's Riverwest Inn. Upon the 2008 release of “A Place You Hope To Find,” Allen toured extensively, with shows ranging from the Midwest to the West Coast. He has since distinguished himself as an artist to watch, captivating audiences with his emotive voice and ardent live performances.

My Mourning Belle is currently at work on a new album with producer and multi-instrumentalist, Aaron Moore. The album will be released in 2011.

2010 Highlights and Overview

****Independently booked, promoted and completed a fall your of the Midwest.

2009 Highlights and Overview

***Interviewed on 88.9 FM Radio Milwaukee.

***"A Place You Hope to Find" is listed in the weekly "High Five" on JSITop21.com - Issue #340 (The John Shelton Ivany Top 21 is distributed to over 200 national newspapers).

***Locally ranked #1 Alternative Music Artist on the ReverbNation charts.

2008 Highlights and Overview

***Independently booked, promoted and completed an extensive fall tour including both west coast and regional dates.

***Two appearances on the FM 102.1 Kramp & Adler Morning Show.

***Digital distribution of "A Place You Hope to Find" through iTunes and all other major digital retailers.

***June release of the debut EP, "A Place You Hope To Find."

***Teamed up with the premium denim line, Rich & Skinny Jeans, for a sponsorship opportunity.

***Selected as the June 2008 WisconsinMusician.com Spotlight Artist of the Month.

***Featured in articles for OnMilwaukee.com and MKE.

***Performed at a benefit show for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.

Lyrics

Start Over Again

Written By: Mark Allen

there's a place inside her mind
a place she goes to hide
in a world full of lies
a place you hope to find
a place where all her darkness
never comes to light
a place where she escapes
from an ordinary life
in this ordinary town
on an ordinary night
the only place she feels alive
thinking to herself...
if i could start over again
what would I do? would i take a chance?
I have waited for the longest time
he had a different vision
of the american dream
his life a motion picture
made for the widescreen
with tales tailor made
for a kerouac book
and lovers never named
their loving all he took
fast forward to the future
or even present tense
it seems as though his dreams have past
and now he wonders...
if I could start over again
what would I do? would i take a chance?
I have waited for the longest time
seems I have waited for all of my life
if I could start over again
start again and again
start again and again
if I could start over again
I think that I might take that chance
I have waited for the longest time
seems I have waited for all of my life
if I could start over again
what would I do? would i take a chance?
I have waited for the longest time
seems I have waited for all of my life
seems I have waited for all of my life
seems I have waited for all of my life

Shedding Skin

Written By: Mark Allen

hey... what are you running from?
where are you going to go when the world comes down?
hey... who are you trying to be?
who is the person I see before me now?
I... I am shedding my skin
am I close to the end?
did I ever begin?
how did you get to this place
in theses shackles and chains of your own mind?
I... I have no one to blame
I am ready to change
I will not be afraid
I will shine as bright as the sun
I'll shine on everyone
I will no longer run
I will no longer run
I will no longer run from tomorrow

The Ones I Love

Written By: Mark Allen

there was a time in my life
I was alone
a time when I thought I was strong
I could face the world on my own
as I look back on my life
I've come to know
a heart that is empty and cold
left no room for me to grow
and now with my heart in your hands
hear me lord
take this heart of mine
bruised, broken, tired of the fight
run to the arms of the ones I love
there was a time when I felt
I had no where to go
a time when I lived on the run
far from anywhere I could call home
as I look back on my life
I've come to know
I wouldn't be in this world
without the love of the ones I have known
and now with my heart in your hands
hear me lord
take this heart of mine
bruised, broken, tired of the fight
run to the arms of the ones I love
to my friends and my lover
all the people in my life
to the ones who have parted
hear me lord
take this song of mine
lift my voice to heaven on high
sing in the name of the ones I love
all I am is because of the ones I love
all I am is because of the ones I love
all I am is because of the ones I love
all I am is because of the ones I love
I will sing in the name of the ones
die in the name of the ones
sing in the name of the ones that I love

Lorelei

Written By: Mark Allen

are you a dream
is that your voice I hear tonight
Lorelei
echoing in a melody
captivating and divine
is that you I see on a distant shore
bathing in the light of the setting sun
a siren singing
as I leave this all behind
everybody here tells me I'll be fine
there's nobody here who knows what's on my mind
you're all I see
Lorelei
is this a dream
did you call my name tonight
Lorelei
you lead me here
to watch me drown in the mystery of your tide
a smile on my face as I'm going down
dancing to the sound of my mourning belle
who is singing
as I leave this world behind
everybody here tells me I'll be fine
there's nobody here who knows what's on my mind
you're all I see
Lorelei
la la lie la la lie la la lie
my Lorelei
la la lie la la lie la la lie
my Lorelei
everybody here tells me I'll be fine
there's nobody here
no one who knows what's on my mind
my sweet Lorelei
my Lorelei
you're all I see tonight
you're all I see tonight

Discography

Currently writing and recording the full length album Never Let Go; due to be released in 2012.

2010
Never Let Go (Promo CD)

2008
A Place You Hope to Find (debut EP)

2007
Start Again (single)

Set List

Preferred set is 30-45 minutes but can do more or less upon request.

Example of a recent set list:

See You Around
Tragedy Reigns
The Hopelessness of Hope
All I'll Never Be
Tears In a River
When You're Gone
Lorelei
Bittersweet
Start Again
Shedding Skin
Five Years (David Bowie)
The Ones I Love

Encores:
Imagine My Suprise
Fade Into You (Mazzy Star)