The Mark Harper Project

The Mark Harper Project

 Dallas, Texas, USA
BandJazzLatin

The Mark Harper Project & The Mark Harper Acoustic Band are exciting to see and listen to. The Acoustic Band, specializing in Jazz, Latin Jazz, CuBop and other styles of music, gives you raw excellence with great musical imagery. The Mark Harper Project provides that same imagery through Jazz, R&B, and wonderful vocal ballads.
Mark had been a member of Smooth Jazz Bassist of the Year, Wayman Tisdale's band, having toured with him for 7 years. Mark also spent two years with Tower of Power as lea

Biography


Mark Harper is a seasoned guitarist, performer and multi-platinum award winner who is introducing yet another side of his creative abilities to the world. Mark has recorded and performed with some of the industries top performers such as: Kirk Whalum, Ronnie Laws, Bebe Winans, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Phyllis Hyman, Tom Braxton, Fingerprints, The Mac Band, George Duke, Jonathan Butler, Michael Lington, Wayman Tisdale, Tower of Power and a host of others.

For seven years Mark was the guitarist for Wayman Tisdale. Mark and Wayman had a very special bond and friendship that was sealed at the very first rehearsal. After rehearsing all of the songs that Wayman had listed for an upcoming show, Mark began to play other songs of Wayman's while band members began to pack-up. Wayman was excited, joined Mark and right there a spark was ignited. They jammed for some time. After playing Wayman's music, both being fans of old school music they began to play songs from the 70's & 80's. By the time they finished an hour and a half had vanished! The spark that was ignited continued in Wayman's shows and fan's looked forward to the old school music tribute.

During his time with Wayman, Mark was in the process of writing and co-writing his solo project. Wayman heard some of the material and was astounded by what he heard. That inspired Mark and Wayman to record together on Mark's project. Mark and his keyboardist/co-producer, Tony Blaine, spent four days at Wayman's ranch completing the material for Mark's project. One of Wayman's favorite songs on the project was a song titled "Dedication" written for Mark by a long time friend and great musician, Steve Lewis. Wayman told Mark that "Dedication" was the perfect song for he and Mark to perform a duet and he felt people would love it! Just days prior to Wayman's passing, the radio mix for the single "Dedication" was complete. Wayman heard this duet with his friend and said, "That's a winner!" Neither Mark nor Wayman knew that the title of this track, Dedication, would in the end have a deep and personal meaning.

Discography

The Mark Harper Project CD is in stores throughout the Midwest and South. His debut single is "Dedication" co-written and co-produced by the late Wayman Tisdale. Mark was formerly of The Mac Band (Roses Are Red) and Tower Of Power. This CD is full of hits such as Normandy, At Sunset along with classics One Less Bell and Sailing. This is one geniune smooth jazz winner!