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Mark McGrath performing at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA on Oct. 11, 2009
|Birth name||Mark Sayers McGrath|
March 15, 1968 |
|Origin||Newport Beach, California, United States|
|Genres||Alternative rock, pop rock, pop punk|
|Occupations||Musician, singer, television host|
|Associated acts||Sugar Ray, The Wondergirls, Shania Twain|
Mark Sayers McGrath (born March 15, 1968) is an American singer of the rock band Sugar Ray. McGrath is also known for his work as a co-host of Extra, and he was the host of Don't Forget the Lyrics! in 2010. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
McGrath began singing professionally in 1992 with a band composed of his high school friends, where they attended Corona Del Mar High School called Shrinky Dinx (later changed to Sugar Ray). In 1994 the band signed with Atlantic Records. Their first success came in 1997 with the song "Fly". (for more information see: Sugar Ray).
McGrath's personal popularity soared as he appeared on national magazine covers such as Rolling Stone and Spin. He also made numerous appearances on MTV, VH1, and various talk and awards shows. People magazine named him the "Sexiest Rocker" of 1998. In 1999 McGrath was a member of the short-lived side project The Wondergirls that included Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots.
In 2004, he recorded a duet with country music singer, Shania Twain for her song "Party for Two". A country music version of the song was also recorded and released with country music singer Billy Currington.
McGrath contributed the track "Reaching Out" on Strait Up, a tribute album to late vocalist Lynn Strait, for whom he has a dedication tattoo to memorialize. He appeared in the video of "Angel's Son," another song written for the album (by Sevendust) and performed with the band during their appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
McGrath began his work as co-host of the Extra television show on September 13, 2004 after a producer had noticed his work hosting various VH1 and MTV programs and asked him to join. McGrath left the show in July 2008 to focus on his music career. He also served as a guest judge for American Idol auditions that were aired in early 2005. McGrath received the part of Dex Lawson on The WB show Charmed in 2005, but he ultimately turned it down due to scheduling conflicts, and he was replaced by Jason Lewis.
McGrath was the host of Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll and Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious.
McGrath is a 3-time Champion of Rock & Roll Jeopardy! on VH1. In the Finals he won against Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and Gary Dell'Abate of The Howard Stern Show. He also performed as the lead singer in the Scooby-Doo movie, starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
McGrath began hosting the syndicated version of Don't Forget the Lyrics in September 2010.
He appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice Season 4 which premiered in March 2011, where he was fired in week six and finished in tenth place. He also performed along with his band Sugar Ray in an episode of Las Vegas, Season 1 Episode 19.
McGrath was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He married beautician Carin Kingsland on September 24, 2012. The couple met in 1994 and were engaged on New Year's Eve 2009 after 16 years of on-and-off dating. McGrath and Kingsland are parents to twins Lydon Edward and Hartley Grace, born on April 29, 2010.
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- "Mark McGrath Marries Carin Kingsland". People. September 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-24.
- "Mark McGrath Welcomes Twins Lydon Edward and Hartley Grace – Moms & Babies – Moms & Babies - People.com". Celebritybabies.people.com. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
- Mark McGrath at the Internet Movie Database
- Official Website of Mark McGrath
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