Mark Masri

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Mark Masri
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Masri publicity shot
Background information
Birth name Mark Masri
Born (1979-08-23) August 23, 1979 (age 35)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres pop, classical-crossover, adult contemporary, gospel
Occupations singer, composer, songwriter, producer
Years active 2000 - present
Labels EMI
Associated acts Lara Fabian, David Foster, Olivia Newton-John, Jon Secada, Jim Brickman, Amy Sky
Website markmasri.com

Mark Masri (born August 23, 1979) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and producer[1] of pop, classical and inspirational songs. He also plays the piano. He is signed to EMI record label. He has released four albums: Mark Masri, La Voce, Christmas Is..., and A Christmas Time with You, as well as a special US release: See My Face. He sings mainly in English, but has a multilingual repertoire of interpretations. On his album La Voce he sings a collection of classic songs in six languages.

History[edit]

Mark Masri was born to a Lebanese immigrant father, a Pentecostal minister, and a Canadian mother, a banker[2] He moved with his family from Ontario to various locations including Quebec and Nova Scotia. He started singing in his father's small church near Antigonish, Nova Scotia, when he was nine. The family returned to Scarborough, Ontario in the 1980s. At twelve he was singing in local churches and giving piano recitals. He led in many choirs and worked as a music producer for the CTS network. When his job position was eliminated, he decided to devote all his time to music. In 2000 he released his first album, self-titled Mark Masri.

After Masri recorded a demo with Amy Sky, on a song she thought might suit Jim Brickman, he was very interested and invited Masri in 2008 to tour with him.[3] They also collaborated on Brickman's hit "Christmas Is..." that reached #18 on Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks. Masri also appeared as a guest vocalist on Jim Brickman’s 2009 CD Faith, which was nominated for Best New Age Album at the Grammy Awards.

He is married to Angela since 1998 and they have a son together.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • In 2001, nominated for a Juno Award in the category Best Gospel Album for Mark Masri[4]
  • In 2001, winner of the GMA Canada Covenant Award for
    • Pop Album Of The Year: Mark Masri
    • Contemporary Gospel Song Of The Year: "Dwell In The House"
    • Pop Song Of The Year: "Take My Hand" (with Madeline Stone and Bernie Herms)
  • In 2010, winner of the GMA Canada Covenant Award for three categories:
    • Classical - Traditional Song of the Year for "Time" (Mark Masri featuring Nita Whitaker) (Mark Masri jointly with Amy Sky))
    • Classical - Traditional Album of the Year for La Voce
    • Inspirational Song of the Year for "Hold On" ((Mark Masri jointly with Adam Crossley and John Acosta)

In popular media[edit]

  • In 2009, Mark Masri appeared in PBS Beautiful World, filmed at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. He shared the stage with Jim Brickman, Jon Secada, Melinda Doolittle, Órla Fallon, Arthur Hanlon, David Klinkenberg, Anne Cochran and Tracy Silverman.
  • On 15 October, he took part in Hitman Returns: David Foster and Friends Live singing love alongside Seal, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Charice, Donna Summer, Canadian Tenors, Lara Fabian. Michael Bolton, Kenny G, Kathryn Joosten and others.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

2001
Mark Masri (independent limited edition)
2009
Christmas Is...

Tracklist

  1. Ave Maria
  2. O Holy Night
  3. Christmas Is (feat Jim Brickman)
  4. Every Time It Snows (feat Olivia Newton-John)
  5. Panis Angelicus
  6. A Holy Child
  7. A Christmas Time With You
  8. Greatest Gift of All (Your Love) (feat Jim Brickman and Amy Sky)
  9. Silent Night
  10. Lullaby, My Love
2009
See My Face

(only in the United States)

2010
La Voce

Tracklist

  1. Ce Sempre Musica
  2. Truly
  3. Hold On
  4. Caruso
  5. Fragilidad (Fragile) (feat Jon Secada & Pavlo)
  6. La Prima Vota (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face)
  7. Fix You
  8. I Owe You
  9. Time (feat Nita Whitaker)
  10. Buongiorno Principessa
  11. A Song Can Change Your Life
  12. Love You With My Life
  13. Erev Shel Shosanim (feat Amy Sky)
  14. Je T'Attendrai (The Face)
  15. A Mother's Love (feat Jim Brickman)
  16. The Prayer
2010
A Christmas Time with You

Tracklist

  1. The Gift of Christmas Love
  2. Christmas Is…(feat. Jim Brickman)
  3. Every Time It Snows (feat. Olivia Newton-John)
  4. Ave Maria
  5. Silent Night
  6. Panis Angelicus
  7. Holy Child
  8. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas with I'll Be Home For Christmas (feat. Dawn Langstroth)
  9. A Christmas Time With You
  10. Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day (feat. Toronto Mass Choir)
  11. Lullaby, My Love
  12. What Child Is This?
  13. O Holy Night
2011
Intimo

Tracklist (Love Songs of Italy)

  1. Castelli Di Sabbia (The Shadow Of Your Smile)
  2. Parla Piu Piano (Speak Softly Love)
  3. Santa Lucia
  4. Con Te Partiro (Time To Say Goodbye)
  5. Nella Fantasia
  6. Intermezzo
  7. Arrivederci Roma
  8. Un Giorno Per Noi (A Time For Us) with Rosanna Riverso
  9. Tristesse
  10. O Sole Mio
  11. Nessun Dorma
  12. Torna A Surriento
  13. Un Giorno Per Noi (A Time For Us) Orchestral

Featured[edit]

  • 2008: "Christmas Is" by Jim Brickman feat. Mark Masri - reached #18 on Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks
  • 2009: "Breathe, Dream, Pray, Love" in album Home (Jim Brickman feat. Mark Masri and Delta Goodrem)
  • 2010: "To Be Wanted" by Olivia Newton-John feat. Mark Masri appeared on Newton-John's album Grace and Gratitude - Renewed edition) (United States release). The album reached US Billboard New Age albums chart at #2, Billboard Christian albums chart at #36 and Billboard Christian/Gospel albums chart at #54.
  • 2010: "Waiting" (Rosanna Riverso feat. Mark Masri) on her album Let There Be Peace

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