Mark Etheredge

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Mark Etheredge
Mark Etheredge Self-Portrait.jpg
Background information
Origin San Francisco Bay Area, California
Genres Adult contemporary, Singer-songwriter, Pop rock, Soft rock, Rock, Smooth jazz
Instruments Vocals, piano, Drums, Bass guitar
Labels Vipaka Records

Mark Etheredge is a Los Angeles, California based singer-songwriter and keyboardist. Etheredge writes and performs a style of adult contemporary music with elements of pop, soft rock, and smooth jazz.

Biography and early career[edit]

Mark Etheredge was born and raised in the Bay Area.[1] He started improvising on piano when he was five years old, but never ended up taking lessons, choosing instead to teach himself entirely.[2] Etheredge has stated that he considers his love of the Beatles and the songwriting team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney in particular as his primary inspiration for wanting to become a professional songwriter and musician.[3]

Etheredge released his first recording in 1990, an exclusively instrumental New Age album called As Dawn.[4]

Mark spent a significant amount of time playing music for the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco, where he met friend and collaborator Michael Cronin, who would later appear as a lyricist on the album Change Coming.[1] While a musician at the church, Mark also taught himself to play the drums.[2]

Though he never stopped writing and performing music, Etheredge primarily took on a successful career in software development, in which he worked for 21 years in software before deciding to return to music full-time in 2011.[5]

Change Coming[edit]

In September 2012, Etheredge released his second full length album, Change Coming.[6]

All of the songs on the album are original compositions, and most are written by Etheredge.[2] Many of the songs on the album are light-hearted in nature, including "Pimp You Out for Love" and "Hot Tub," but some address more serious subjects; in an radio interview, Etheredge stated that the song "Room to Room," written by collaborator Michael Cronin, is about Etheredge's mother's struggle with Alzheimer's disease.[1]

The name of the album and the lyrics of the title track refers to Etheredge's decision to give up his previous career to pursue music full time. Discussing the album, Mark stated, “I looked at my excuses not to leave—job security and the fallacy that I couldn’t afford it ... I realized that this limited thinking was holding me back. I had to let go and embrace a shift. [Change Coming is] the theme song for my career change.”[2]

The album has generally been positively received, with critic Matthew Forss calling the album "refreshing" and stating that Etheredge "brings us a contemporary pop/rock production of twelve funk [sic], jazzy, and soulful compositions that feature great percussion, jazzy keyboards and light vocals that are somewhere between Jack Johnson and Ben Folds.[7] Critic Wildy Haskell noted that that on the album Etheredge "shows a surprising ability at crafting accessible and complete musical arrangements that seem ready for adult contemporary radio."[8]

Some of the musicians who Etheredge has worked with include Jeanie Tracy, Tom Politzer of Tower of Power, Dave Shul of Spearhead, and Charlene Moore of the Weather Girls.[9][10]

Mark has opened for artists including theatrical dance-pop musician Raquela.[11]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details
1990 As Dawn
  • Label: Twilight Productions
1999 Walking Into Freedom
  • Recorded with Dean Wong as Mark & Dean
  • Label: Halogen Records
2000 Man of My Dreams
  • Recorded with Dean Wong as Mark & Dean
  • Label: Halogen Records
2012 Change Coming
  • Label: Vipaka Records

Singles[edit]

Date Single details
February 2013 "Pimp You Out for Love" (Paul Goodyear's San Frandisco Mix)
February 2013 "Pimp You Out for Love" (Paul Goodyear's San Frandisco Dub Mix)
April 2013 "I Would" (Japanese)
  • Label: Vipaka Records

Appearances[edit]

Year Album details
1991 Blood on the Rim by Rich Norman
1991 Instrumental Christmas by Mark Russo
1995 Season's Silhouette by Mark Russo
  • Arranger, composer, drum programming, piano, synthesizer
  • Label: M&M Productions
2004 Oh, Happy Day! by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and Transcendence Gospel Choir
2005 Oh, This Life! by Red Shoe Collection
  • Hammond organ
  • Label: Red Shoe

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Etheredge, Mark; Cronin, Michael (28 February 2013). 'Change Coming' for S.F. singer Mark Etheredge. Interview with Eric Jansen. Out in the Bay. KALW 91.7 FM. San Francisco. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d MacKay, Shelley (7 February 2013). "Mark Etheredge Embraces "Change Coming"". San Francisco Bay Times. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Holland, John (8 October 2012). "Simply Six: Mark Etheredge". Voices to Hear. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "As Dawn". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Smotherman, Joshua. "Mark Etheredge Is Change Coming". Middle Tennessee Music. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Voorhees, John (19 November 2012). "Mark Etheredge – Change Coming". Owldolatrous Press. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Forss, Matthew (25 October 2012). "CD Review: Mark Etheredge's 'Change Coming'". Inside World Music. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Haskell, Wildy (27 October 2012). "Mark Etheredge - Change Coming". Wildy's World. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Mark Etheredge in Concert". The Sacramento Bee. The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Credits". Change Coming (booklet). Mark Etheredge. Vipaka Records. 2012. 
  11. ^ "May 21: Raquela and Mark Etheredge LIVE". OMG. Club OMG!. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 

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