Mark Sholtez is an Australian singer-songwriter. His debut album, Real Street from 2006, has resulted in nominations for an ARIA Award and APRA Awards winning an APRA for 'Most Performed Jazz Work' for "Love Me for the Cool" in 2007. His follow-up album is titled The Distance Between Two Truths.
Shortly after signing a deal with the U.S. label Verve Records, Sholtez recorded his debut album, Real Street, in New York City. The album's cast includes multiple Grammy-winning producer (and Verve Music Group chairman) Tommy LiPuma (Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, Nat King Cole, George Benson, Barbra Streisand, Al Jarreau, Miles Davis) along with noted veteran engineer Al Schmitt and a prestigious cast of players that includes Christian McBride on bass, Rob Mounsey on keyboards, Geoffrey Keezer on piano, Bob Mann on guitar, Chris Potter on sax and Lewis Nash on drums.
Real Street was released in April 2006 and debuted in the ARIA Jazz and Blues chart at the number one position where it stayed for ten consecutive weeks. The same year, it was nominated for an ARIA Music Awards.
In 2007, having written three of the five songs nominated in the category of Most Performed Jazz Work, Sholtez's original composition "Love Me for the Cool" won him an APRA Awards.
His follow-up album The Distance Between Two Truths was recorded in LA with producer Larry Klein. The album features Larry Goldings on keyboards, David Piltch on bass, Doug Pettibone and Bruce Woodward on guitars, Brian MacLeod on drums and Kate Markowitz on backing vocals.
- Real Street (April 2006)
- "Love Me for the Cool"
- "If You Were a Song"
- "All I Want Is You"
- "Dream About You"
- "Not What I'll Be Missin'"
- "Home by Now"
- "Wanting You"
- "Complicated Woman"
- "One More Kiss"
- The Distance Between Two Truths (July 2010) #88 Australia
- "A Thousand Lies"
- "All Four Seasons"
- "This Perfect Day"
- "Too Late for Heroes"
- "We Could Get Lost"
- "No Kind of Love"
- "Little Things"
- "The Mystery of You"
- "Kissed It All Away"
- "She'll Change Your Mind"
- "This Is Where It Starts"
- "Far Enough Away"
- "If I Didn't Love You"
Awards and nominations
|2007||"Complicated Woman"||Most Performed Jazz Work Overseas||Nominated|
|"Dream About You"||Most Performed Jazz Work Overseas||Nominated|
|"Love Me for the Cool"||Most Performed Jazz Work Overseas||Won|
- "APRA History". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 3 May 2010.
- "Most Performed Jazz Work". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 3 May 2010.
- "2007 Winners - APRA Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 3 May 2010.