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Mark Bates

The grandson of a Pentecostal Preacher, Mark Bates grew up going to a small church in a small town. Old time gospel music filled the services, and by the age of 13, Mark was singing sad songs about fire, brimstone, and wasted years. The characters in these songs became the genesis and focus of his work. A pianist and singer at heart, Mark has spent his early career trying to find the beauty of quiet desperation, the honesty in broken dreams, and the humor that's hiding in every sad situation. In 2009, Mark went into the studio and recorded his first album " Down The Narrow" produced by Mark Thayer of Signature Sounds ( Mark Erelli, Chris Smither).

Born in Hurricane, WV, Mark is 21 years old and has written over 200 songs. He has conducted the West Virginia Symphony, traveled as a professional jazz trumpet player, and recorded a full length album. In the vein of Lucinda Williams and Tom Waits, Mark's music has strong Americana roots and is centered around storytelling. Mark currently lives as a full time musician in Nashville, TN.