Mark was raised and still resides in Center Star, Alabama,
in the shadow of the music mecca of Muscle Shoals.
He grew up loving and emulating the sounds from those
Shoals studios and has had a 33 year career as a
songwriter. He graduated from Brooks High in 1983, then
attended the University Of North Alabama where he
received a degree in commercial music in 1988.
Mark also worked locally as a radio announcer. He has had songs recorded
by Josh Turner, Brandy Clark, Reba, Alabama, John Michael Montgomery, Shenandoah,
Blackhawk, Terri Clark, Craig Morgan, Carly Pearce and many others.
His song "That's What I Love About Sunday" was the most
performed song at country radio in 2005 according to
Billboard magazine and spent five weeks at number one. Also it
was the #8 Billboard country song of the 2000's decade, and achieved
gold sales status.
His first cut was on the Shoals supergroup Shenandoah--
the solely penned "Moon Over Georgia" became a top five hit nationally.
Mark was also co-writer along with Walt Aldridge on the
number two country hit by Blackhawk, "Like There Ain't No
Yesterday". Mark was awarded a bronze star for his musical
achievements which is on permanent display in the lobby of the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame.
His songs have appeared on nine gold or platinum albums. Mark has been a staff songwriter for FAME, Jody Williams Music, Reba McEntire's Starstruck Music Group, March Music, Sony ATV Tree and currently for Noble Vision Music Group in Nashville.Mark has had 14 songs co-written with and recorded by Josh Turner.
In 2016, Mark appeared as a songwriter on records by Brandy Clark and Shenandoah respectively that were nominated for both Grammy and Dove awards.