Mark Bright (record producer)

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Mark Bright
Birth name Mark David Bright
Born December 22, 1959
Longview, Texas, U.S.
Origin Nashville, Tennessee
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Songwriter, record producer, music publisher
Years active 1990s-present
Associated acts Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Jo Dee Messina, Lonestar, Reba McEntire, Scotty McCreery

Mark David Bright (born December 22, 1959 in Longview, Texas) is an American, multi-award winning record producer, songwriter, and publishing company executive.[1] His production projects include Carrie Underwood,[2] Rascal Flatts,[3] Shakira,[4] A Rocket To The Moon,[5] Reba McEntire,[6] Sara Evans,[7] The Swon Brothers,[8] and Scotty McCreery,[9] among many others. His initial success in production was launched with the group Blackhawk,[10] which resulted in two #1 singles, nine Top Ten singles, and multi-platinum record sales for the group. Bright produced the three-week #1 hit, Sara Evans Real Fine Place To Start,[11] as well as Reba McEntire’s longest running #1 Consider Me Gone.[12]

He also developed, produced, managed, and published country super group Rascal Flatts.[13] Bright’s current success with Carrie Underwood has resulted in 21 #1’s including Jesus Take The Wheel, Before He Cheats, Cowboy Casanova, Blown Away, Something In The Water, and Church Bells. He produced Underwood’s NBC Sunday Night Football intro/theme song the last four years running, as well as producing Billboard’s Country Album of The Decade (Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts).[14] Cumulatively, Bright’s production work has resulted in over 86 million units sold worldwide. Bright has also worked with Sting, Randy Travis, Keith Urban, Allen Menken, Peter Cetera, Jo Dee Messina, The Isaacs, Lonestar, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, and Steven Tyler.[15]

Bright formerly served as Vice President of EMI Music Publishing Nashville[16] and co-founded music publishing co-venture, Teracel Music. Staff writers included Brett James, Rascal Flatts, and Danny Wells. He sold the catalog to Dimensional Music Publishing in 2006.[17] The Teracel catalog included the multi-week #1 songs, When The Sun Goes Down by Kenny Chesney, These Days by Rascal Flatts, Blessed by Martina McBride, and Who I Am by Jessica Andrews. Bright then founded My Good Girl Music, a co-venture with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.[18] The company had multi-week #1 songs, Do You Believe Me Now by Jimmy Wayne, American Ride by Toby Keith, and Without You by Keith Urban.

As a songwriter, Bright owns Delbert’s Boy Music (ASCAP), which includes George Strait’s 60th #1 hit, Give It All We Got Tonight.[19] Bright's songs have also been recorded by Shakira,[20] Hayley Orrantia,[21] Whitney Duncan,[22] Ashley Gearing,[23] and Carter Winter.[24]

He is the former President and CEO of Word Entertainment,[25] signing Grammy-winning artists For King & Country (band). Bright was a former National Trustee and serves as a current Governor of The Recording Academy, as well as on the CMA Board of Directors. He currently holds membership in the following organizations: CMA,[26] ASCAP,[27] Leadership Music,[28] The Recording Academy,[29] and ACM.[30]


Songwriting discography[31][edit]

Year Artist Album Credit
2016 Carrie Underwood 2016 Grammy Nominees Producer
2016 Carrie Underwood NBC Sunday Night Football Intro/Theme Song Producer
2016 Hayley Orrantia Strong Sweet & Southern Producer, Co-writer
2016 Carter Winter The Whiskey In Me Producer, Co-writer
2015 Carrie Underwood NBC Sunday Night Football Intro/Theme Song Producer
2015 Ashley Gearing Ashley Gearing Co-writer
2015 Carrie Underwood Storyteller Producer
2015 Mark Schultz Mom:A Son's First Love. A Daughters Best Friend Producer
2015 Mark Schultz The Ultimate Collection Producer
2015 Luke Bryan 4 Album Collection Keyboards, Producer
2014 Carrie Underwood Greatest Hits: Decade #1 Producer
2014 Sara Evans Original Album Classics, Vol. 2 Producer
2014 Lucy Hale Road Between Producer
2014 Carrie Underwood NBC Sunday Night Football Intro/Theme Song Producer
2014 Shakira Shakira Co-writer
2014 Sara Evans Slow Me Down Producer
2014 The Swon Brothers The Swon Brothers Producer
2014 George Strait The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium Co-writer
2013 Carrie Underwood NBC Sunday Night Football Intro/Theme Song Producer
2013 Sammy Kershaw Big Hits, Vol. 1 Co-writer
2013 George Strait Love Is Everything Co-writer
2013 Sara Evans Playlist: The Very Best of Sara Evans Producer
2013 Scotty McCreery See You Tonight Producer
2013 A Rocket to the Moon Wild & Free Producer, Engineer
2012 Carrie Underwood Blown Away Producer
2012 Scotty McCreery Christmas with Scotty McCreery Producer
2012 George Strait Give It All We Got Tonight Co-writer
2012 Edens Edge Edens Edge Producer
2012 Various Girls on Top [Sony] Producer
2012 Various God Gave Me You: 12 Inspirational Hits from Today's Top Country Artists Producer
2011 Scotty McCreery American Idol Season 10 Highlights Producer
2011 Various American Idol: 10th Anniversary: The Hits, Vol. 1 Producer
2011 Randy Travis Anniversary Celebration Vocal Producer
2011 Scotty McCreery Clear as Day Producer, String Arrangements
2011 Various Footloose Producer
2011 Various My Country, Vol. 2: Smash Hits Arranger, Producer
2011 Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines Keyboards, Producer
2011 Edens Edge Amen Producer
2011 Mark Schultz The Best of Mark Schultz Producer
2010 Loretta Lynn Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn Producer
2010 Various Country Heat 2011 Producer
2010 Danny Gokey My Best Days Producer
2010 Whitney Duncan Right Road Now Producer, Co-Writer
2009 Various A Very Special Christmas 7 Producer
2009 Billy Ray Cyrus Back to Tennessee Producer, Audio Production
2009 Reba McEntire Consider Me Gone Producer
2009 Various Country Heat 2010 Producer
2009 Hannah Montana Hannah Montana: The Movie Producer
2009 Reba McEntire Keep on Loving You Producer
2009 Carrie Underwood Play On Producer
2009 Jimmy Wayne Sara Smile Producer
2009 Reba McEntire Strange [X3] Producer
2009 Miley Cyrus Hannah Montana/Hannah Montana: The Movie Producer
2008 Various Country Sings Disney Producer
2008 Disney Disney Box Office Hits Producer, Audio Production
2008 Various Disneymania, Vol. 6 Producer
2008 Jimmy Wayne Do You Believe Me Now? Producer
2008 Alan Menken Encantada [Original Soundtrack] Producer
2008 Carrie Underwood Grammy Nominees 2008 Producer
2008 Rascal Flatts Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 Producer
2008 Carrie Underwood How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites from the Grand Ole Opry Producer, Audio Production
2008 Mark Schultz Mark Schultz Gift Tin Producer
2007 Carrie Underwood Before He Cheats Producer
2007 The Isaacs Big Sky Producer, Arranger, Audio Production
2007 Carrie Underwood Carnival Ride Producer
2007 Alan Menken / Stephen Schwartz Enchanted [Original Score] Producer
2007 Rascal Flatts Feels Like Today/Me and My Gang [Bonus Track] Producer
2007 Sara Evans Greatest Hits Producer, Audio Production
2007 Various Hear Something Country: Christmas Producer
2007 Various More Country Heat 2007 Producer
2007 Miley Cyrus Nickelodeon Kids Choice, Vol. 3 Producer
2007 Tim Krekel Soul Season Sax (Baritone)
2007 BlackHawk Super Hits Producer
2007 Lonestar Super Hits Producer
2007 Various Totally Country, Vol. 6 Producer
2007 Various WOW Hits 2008 Producer
2006 Megan Mullins Ain't What It Used to Be Producer
2006 Pinmonkey Big Shiny Cars Producer, Audio Production, Guitar (Acoustic), Mandolin
2006 Mark Schultz Broken & Beautiful Producer
2006 Various Country Heat 2007 Producer
2006 Lonestar Everyone's Hero Producer
2006 Carrie Underwood Grammy Nominees 2006 Producer
2006 Carrie Underwood More Country Heat 2006 Producer
2006 Lonestar Mountains Producer, Audio Production
2006 Jim VanCleve No Apologies Producer
2006 Sara Evans She Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool: Tribute to Barbara Mandrell Producer
2006 Mountain Heart Strummin' with the Devil: The Southern Side of Van Halen Producer, Guitar
2006 Randy Travis Three Wooden Crosses Producer
2006 Mountain Heart Wide Open Producer, Audio Production, Guitar
2005 Jo Dee Messina Delicious Surprise Producer, Audio Production
2005 Sara Evans Real Fine Place Producer, Audio Production
2005 Carrie Underwood Some Hearts Producer, Audio Production
2005 Joey Daniels Take Me Off the Market Producer, Audio Production
2004 Rascal Flatts Feels Like Today Producer
2004 Malibu Storm Malibu Storm Producer, Audio Production
2004 Malibu Storm Photograph/Hammer And Nails Producer
2004 BlackHawk Platinum & Gold Collection Producer
2003 Rascal Flatts Totally Country, Vol. 3 Producer
2002 The Shankman Twins O Christmas Tree!: A Bluegrass Collection for the Holidays Producer
2002 Rascal Flatts We Were Soldiers [Soundtrack] Producer
2002 BlackHawk Totally Country, Vol. 2 Producer
2002 Rascal Flatts We Were Soldiers [Original Motion Picture Score] Producer
2001 Chonda Pierce Four-Eyed Blonde Producer
2001 Jolie & the Wanted Jolie & the Wanted Producer
2000 BlackHawk Greatest Hits Producer, Vocals, Choir/Chorus
2000 Rascal Flatts Rascal Flatts Producer
2000 Shane McAnally Shane McAnally Producer
2000 John Debney The Emperor's New Groove Producer, Arranger, Vocal Arrangement
2000 BlackHawk Ultimate Country Party, Vol. 2 Producer
1999 James Prosser Life Goes On Producer
1999 BlackHawk Superstar Country Hits Producer
1999 Chonda Pierce Yes & Amen Producer
1998 BlackHawk The Sky's the Limit Producer
1998 Blackhawk Today's Wild Country Producer
1997 Jeff Wood Between the Earth and the Stars Producer
1997 Burnin' Daylight Burnin' Daylight Producer
1997 Kippi Brannon I'd Be with You/Daddy's Little Girl Producer
1997 BlackHawk Love & Gravity Producer
1997 BlackHawk Peace in the Valley [Arista] Producer
1997 BlackHawk Stone Country: Country Artists Perform the Songs of the Rolling Stones Producer
1997 Peter Cetera You're the Inspiration: A Collection Producer
1996 Rick Orozco Buscando Una Estrella Producer
1996 Alan Vega Dujang Prang Illustrations
1996 BlackHawk Star of Wonder: Country Christmas Collection Producer, Arranger
1995 BlackHawk Strong Enough Producer
1995 Various Artist The Best of Country Christmas, Vol. 5 Producer
1994 BlackHawk Blackhawk Producer, Engineer


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