the wilkins

the wilkins

 Kingston, Ontario, CAN
BandFolkPop

Out of the ether, songs and words streamed down the path of life pounding in our heads. Acoustic, rock and roll, roots, anthems, east coast hip hop and soundscapes. We unite the traditionally “unplugged” folk style with electronica... the music you hear is our life in melody, thoughts and feelings

Biography

The Ontario Independent Music Awards nominated Wilkins as one of the best folk artists of 2008. The Wilkins have created a musical style uniting electronic-heavy music with the traditionally “unplugged” folk style. Marks driving acoustic guitar infuse with Julian’s intense piano and synch lines which play off Geoff’s dancing guitar work. Three part harmonies are also a staple of the Wilkins sound featuring lead vocals from both Mark and Julian and Jan, with Jan’s vocals evoking a “Alison Krauss meets Stevie Nicks” style.

Mark Wilkins is known among the rock and roll scene for his past involvement in the Ontario based band, Photograph. Discovered by Tom Cochran of Red Rider, the band signed to Capitol Records, going on to produce such hits as “Last Dance” and “Blow Away.” Photograph toured with numerous national acts including April Wine and Blue Rodeo in addition to working with future legendary U2 producer Daniel Lanois.

In 2003 Mark and Jan, teamed up to release their first album Seasons.

In 2007 their collaboration extended to include Julian, an avid pianist and veteran thespian and performer in his own right. Geoff Hales came on board in late 2008 providing unparallel jazz-rock lead guitar styling and Eric Bogstad anchors the sound with bass guitar.

2010 Highlights
Release of Live CD Live at the Bookstore

2008 / 2009 / Highlights for the Wilkins:
Release of No Expiry Date in Canada

“Couldn’t Do Better” featured on the Compilation CD Sounds Like Café Volume 23 released in Australia, September 2008 by Foghorn Records.

“Love is Gone” featured on the Busta Compilation CD released in Italy by Midfinger Records (October 2008),

“Love is Gone” featured on the GOA Chillout Zone Compilation CD released in India (August 2009) by W.O.A. International Records.

Semi-finalist awarded from the UK Songwriting Contest to Mark Wilkins and Debra Campbell for Apologies Unspoken….6 out of 7

Semi-finalist awarded from the Williamsburg Songwriting Contest to Mark Wilkins for Love is Gone

Management deal with WOA Records.

Lyrics

Apologies Unspoken

Written By: Mark Wilkins and Deb Campbell

Apologies Unspoken


do you tell me truth?
cause making love to you is so damm easy
do I have what it takes
to keep you coming back in my good graces?

we are who we are we are not the same
live life with no regrets, no regrets - apologies unspoken

is there really a me?
or am I just another distraction
with your stupid grin you have failed me
where did I go wrong

we are who we are we are not the same
live life with no regrets, no regrets - apologies unspoken

loving with no strings attached
this is a facade with no commitment
we can’t talk this out
life is precious
don't waste it away

we are who we are we are not the same
live life with no regrets, no regrets - apologies unspoken
we are who we are we are not the same
live life with no regrets, no regrets - apologies unspoken

Love is Gone

Written By: Mark, Jan, and Julian Wilkins

Love is Gone

Blue to black feel the cold roll in
Feel the sweat dancing across my skin
You’re not here to steal the covers
Can’t get warm, your love if gone

Love love love is gone
Oh oh oh oh oh

Life is bitter cold all the mercury gone
Took a walk outside then I turned around
Wind has filled my steps with snow
Can’t find a path to carry me home

Love love love is gone
Oh oh oh oh oh

Crying inside no one can see
Been trying hard no one believes
Me on a scale of one to ten
Is the third spot down the line

Love love love is gone
Oh oh oh oh oh

Couldn't Do Better

Written By: Mark Wilkins/Deb Campbell

I Couldn’t Do Better

Seems to be the perfect time to be leaving
Turn the wheel and slowly sink out of sight
All my thoughts are jumbled up with no clear meaning
I couldn’t do better couldn’t do better couldn’t do better if I tried

I tried my best to see our life through open eyes
But never knew what you’re feeling inside
It must hurt to bare your soul with no tomorrow
I couldn’t do better couldn’t do better couldn’t do better if I tried

A part of you will always run through my veins even when we’re worlds apart
I couldn’t do better couldn’t do better couldn’t do better if I tried

Judge me not with anger but with an open heart
I know you must be real lonely tonight
While I seem content I don’t have the answer

A part of you will always run through my veins even when we’re worlds apart
I couldn’t do better couldn’t do better couldn’t do better if I tried

Easy

Written By: Mark wilkins and Julian Wilkins

Got to get out and have some fun my baby and I are going on the run
Easy easy
757 soaring way up high buckle me in and get ready to fly
Easy easy

Leaning around a hairpin curve
Thigh upon thigh through the after burn
Shifting down low revving way up high
Smiling like a fox in the henhouse hey hey hey

Got the music blaring with the bass up high
Wind is blowing cross a bright blue sky
Easy easy
Pass me if you need to be number one
Happy to be driving out in the sun
Easy easy

Leaning around a hairpin curve
Thigh upon thigh through the after burn
Shifting down low revving way up high
Smiling like a fox in the henhouse

Say what you will not a care in the world
Free from my life for at least one day
Laughing out loud just singing along
Don’t want to think what tomorrow says

Got to get out and have some fun my baby and I are going on the run
Easy easy

PEI Song

Written By: Mark Wilkins and Janice Wilkins

Holding on to things I cherish
Time is standing still for awhile
In and out the mood is changing
I must remember to stop and to smile

Chorus
I want to live and laugh out loud
I want to fly above the clouds
I want to know that this is for real
Live in each moment

Verse
Storm clouds rolling, rain is pounding
Sky is clearing the day it begins
Breeze is blowing in from somewhere
Bringing the tide to sleep on the shore

Chorus
I want to live and laugh out loud
I want to fly above the clouds
I want to know that this is for real
Live in each moment

Whatever U Want

Written By: Mark Wilkins and Julian Wilkins

Whatever You Want

Whatever you want
You just don’t want it enough
Whatever you need
It’s already there
Look inside that big old trunk
Finding things you don’t need…at all

Nothing is ever what it seems
Somewhere between your reality and the dream
And the dream

What did they say?
Did you really hear?
Where are you going?
Why are you still here?
Must be true it made the news
Feeling things you don’t really need….at all

Nothing is ever what it seems
Somewhere between your reality and the dream
And the dream

Find My Way

Written By: Mark Wilkins

A new bright day is shining but I don’t really care
The leaves are changing color everywhere
These autumn days are beautiful but days like this won’t last
A part of me is dying deep inside

When I feel I’ve lost my way, when I feel I’m going down
I look inside and find my way

Some things could not be better, some things could not be worse
I’m searching for some comfort and some truth
The times just won’t stop changing no matter how I try
My flip flops are a distant memory

When I feel I’ve lost my way, when I feel I’m going down
I look inside and find my way

Where am I going?
Why do I still care?
It doesn’t really matter anymore

Another day is dawning, I think it’s almost rain
I think I see some blue sky to the north
I realize I’m smiling, my coffee cup is full
My feet are finally warm enough for me

So when I feel I’ve lost my way, and when I feel I’m going down
I look inside and find my way
So when I feel I’ve lost my way, and when I feel I’m going down
I look inside and find my way

You Can't Tell Me

Written By: Mark Wilkins

When I knock upon your door will you know me anymore?
You can’t tell me what it’s all about
In the car heading north I now you’ve done that thing before
You can’t tell me what it’s all about

I’ve got to see the good today forget about what’s wrong
Cause every day’s worth living till you’re gone
You’ve got your pain and sorrow sometimes that’s all we’ve got
Glad to see you smile one more time
You can’t tell me, you can’t tell me…no you can’t tell me

Pick up that then some more, you know what you’ve came here for
You can’t tell me what it’s all about
You have to laugh you’re like a fool nice to spend some time with you
You can’t tell me what it’s all about

I’ve got to see the good today forget about what’s wrong
Cause every day’s worth living till you’re gone
You’ve got your pain and sorrow sometimes that’s all we’ve got
Glad to see you smile one more time
You can’t tell me, you can’t tell me…no you can’t tell me

Every Step

Written By: Mark Wilkins

Chorus:

Every step taken is recorded down
Every door leads to another door
One door opens one door closed
Will I risk it again
And open that closed door

Verse:

I am on a path
To a place I do not know
Will the path remember
And follow where I go
It follows on forever
Through my lifetime and beyond
Moves in all directions
Till I get home

Chorus

Verse

When I make decisions
On how my life should go
I am walking on the path
And it follows where I go
When I make mistakes
You know I've made a few
The path will take me back
So I can start anew

Chorus

Verse

Woke up in the night
Where exactly am I going
Felt like dead -man walking
Felt so all alone
I am on a path
To a place I do not know
The path will remember
And follow me home

Chorus

Discography

Jango Radio featuring 3 Wilkins songs, Love is Gone, Don't be a Fool, and Couldn't Do Better.

Live at the Bookstore released 2011

Australia - Sounds Like Cafe series Vol 31: Featured Song: Every Step released Dec 2010

No Expiry Date - released Oct 2008

Australia - Sounds Like Cafe series Vol 23: Featured Song: Couldn't Do Better - released Sept 2008

Italy - Busta Compilation CD, October 2008
Featured Song: Love Is Gone

"Apologies Unspoken" was a Semi-Finalist in the Folk and Country category in the UK Songwriting Contest 2008.

Radio Interview : CUIT Take 5 with Andy Frank

Radio Interview / Performance : CUIT Acoustic Workshop with Heather Fielding

Nominee for Best Folk Artist, 2008 Ontario Independent Music Awards

Love is Gone is featured on compilation WOA Records CD released in India

Set List

[1] Just a memory
[2] Couldn't do better
[3] Love is gone
[4] Find my way
[5] Quietly here comes the dawn
[6] One more call
[7] Why can't I?
[8] Apologes unspoken
[9] Live in the moment (PEI Song)
[10] Holding my heart
[12] Song of hope
[13] What it is
[14] Whatever you want
[15] Easy
[16] You can't tell me
[17] Tonight
[18] Love is gone
[19] Amazing grace
[20] The change
[21] Red Moon Rising
[22] A face in the Crowd
[23] Take a chance