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Mark Rose - Singer-Songwriter from Chicago

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Mark Rose is a singer-songwriter from Chicago. He is best known as a solo artist, and as former front man of indie/emo rock band Spitalfield. Rose’s debut solo album, Wonderful Trouble (2011), was described by Alternative Press Magazine as having the “style and emotion of a John Hughes movie soundtrack.”

Out of jealousy of his older sister starting piano lessons, Mark begged his parents to give him a shot at the keys at the ripe age of five. Fast-forward to Rose at age eleven, when he received his very first guitar – and hasn’t slowed down since. Not only has Mark performed over 1,000 shows (hitting nine countries, spanning over three continents), but he also took the time to truly fine-tune his craft by attending Columbia College in Chicago, studying music composition. Following his stint at Columbia, Mark signed his first record contract and publishing deal at age of 19, at which point his career shifted into the Spitalfield era.

Spitalfield spent nearly ten years touring internationally alongside acts like Fall Out Boy, Thursday, and Minus the Bear. Since Spitalfield’s departure at the end of ‘07, Mark has spent some time reinventing himself.

The process began slowly, starting with two solo EPs and a stretch of a couple hundred performances between 2008 and 2011. The time came to finally put together a debut LP, at which point the momentum immediately shifted into gear after Rose picked up the phone to call his original partner in crime for Spitalfield’s debut Remember Right Now – none other than Sean O’Keefe. “The process of getting back into a rhythm of making records felt so natural with Sean on board,” says Rose. “The initial phone call was meant to test the waters, and we ended up accomplishing more than we ever thought was possible.” Sean O’Keefe went on to produce Mark’s 2011 debut solo LP Wonderful Trouble. After some extensive touring and countless re-introductions, Mark went to work on his follow-up 4-song EP The Sound of a Turnaround, released in January of 2013. Turnaround possesses a realness that is not easily compared to Rose’s contemporaries – a realness that looks to reignite not only a scene, but also a way of thinking. Fans of John Mayer, Dashboard Confessional, and Spitalfield (the obvious lightbulb) will find themselves unable to detach from Mark’s soothing melodies and truly heartwarming lyrics. Chicago Examiner wrote, “The impact of this new sound should be a wider audience base for the multi-talented singer/songwriter.” Rose is in it for the long haul, and the songs truly portray that sentiment.

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