I was about ten years old the first time I heard Mark Wills on the radio. I am now twenty six years old and "Jacobs Ladder" is still one of my favorite songs.
Mark Wills was signed to Mercury between 1996 and 2003, he had five studio albums including a greatest hits record. He also had sixteen singles reach the top 40 of the Billboard Country Charts. He later went on to chart three more singles with Equity Music Group.
One of his most popular songs "19 Somethin" was a #1 hit and is still played on most radio stations today. Also a fan favorite would be his cover of Brian Mcknight's "Back At One." Mark has a authentic country sound and a voice that stands out. He is by far one of my favorite artists. Check out my 10 Random Questions with Mark below.
1. How is country music different today than when you first started out?
Country music is much more interactive today. When I started out, there was no social media. We had no way of making music directly available to our fans and it wasn't near as easy to build your fan base.
2. What artists do you currently listen to?
I love the music I cut my teeth on. Alabama, Milsap, The Oaks..but in todays music I love Little Big Town and Rascal. Honestly I love COUNTRY MUSIC. So if you make good music, I probably like it.
3. Favorite place to perform?
I love to perform anywhere. I have all types of venues from clubs to stadiums. They all have their charms and their down sides. I prefer to be able to look in the eyes of the folks I'm singing for.
4. What is your favorite thing about country music?
My favorite thing about country music is the connection with the fans. They are awesome! I love the travel and the experience that this job has afforded me in my life so far.
5. Do you have a life motto?
Have fun and enjoy the moment
6. What is your favorite song that you've written?
I wrote a song for my oldest daughter Mally when she was born and it is still one of my favorites to this day. It's called "In my arms." It still makes me tear up when I sing it.
7. Do you think country music should evolve?
Country music has evolved from the beginning. I think there is that line where it leaves its roots. When country music starts sounding like Megadeath, to me thats a bit too far.
8. If you could duet with any artists (past or present) who would you pick?
It is extremely difficult to narrow my dream duet down to one person. I recorded a duet with Ronnie Milsap who is very much alive. That was a dream come true. Also Keith Whitley or Conway, so much great talent that has come before me that I seriously wouldn't know where to start.
9. Will we be hearing any new music on the radio from you?
New music coming real soon. Stay tuned.
10. What do you want all the Mark Wills fans to know? What would you like to say to those who stuck with you since the beginning?
Just thank you for continuing to support me. It means so much to have been out there for as long as I have and to see new faces along with friends that have been there since the beginning. They will never know how much that means to me.
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