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Believe

by Mark Wright

Acoustic guitar-driven rock with introspective lyrics, recurring melodies, and immense vocal strength-singer-songwriter Mark Wright's debut solo CD "Believe." Inventive, positive, and void of routine-if you like James Blunt,Rob Thomas,Train,3 Doors Down-t
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1. Alone
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2. Let Go
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3. All In You
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4. Believe
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5. What's It Gonna Be
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6. Means Too Much
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7. Me
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8. Connection
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9. Too Much
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10. Regret
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11. Rise Up
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12. Two Hands
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13. Now You Will Come
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14. 60 Days
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
MARK WRIGHT
Singer/Songwriter



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!"

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sandy

believe
i loved his cd. his voice was what caught me first. It is so passionate. I've listened to his cd alot love the tone the beat I would recommend him to all my friends
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Shannon

Rising star from the North West --- VERY GOOD!!
At first listen to Mark’s music, it’s his voice that instantly makes you take notice. With an extremely unique raspyness to his powerful vocals, he grabs your attention. I found myself getting lost within the tone and range of his vocals, completely taking me away .. and into his heart through song.

Believe is a collection of acoustic rock tracks, written by Mark and David Caron. Lyrically, each song is solid, with a good flow .. all the while mixing in his own style with that always present echoing voice. Drawing on his years of dedication to performing and writing music, Believe shows the talent of a very seasoned professional, but not a jaded one. With noting his influences as U2 and Soundgarden, it’s not difficult to hear the melody of U2, as well as the raw power and edge of the Seattle grunge scene in Believe.

Do I Believe Mark? Yes I do!!
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Sussan

Believe its great
A musical collection of short stories would be one way of describing this CD, each song having its own little plot allowing you to catch a tempting glimpse at the heart and soul of the very talented Mark Wright.

This album has an almost infectious quality to it, and I’ve found myself on more than one occasion humming one of Mark’s songs without being totally conscious of it. This only happens to me if I really like a song.

One of the aspects that sets ‘Believe’ apart from many of its rivals is the strong and solid rhythm flowing through the album giving it a vibrancy and life of its own. It also has a lovely raw tone giving it an almost tangible quality, whilst still sounding polished and replete.

Believe is an album worthy of your time and energy to investigate further.
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