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Genres You Will Love
Rock: Heartland Rock Moods: Mood: Brooding Moods: Christian Blues: Blues-Rock Country: Outlaw Country

By Location
CANADA - Saskatchewan

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Mark Penner

Mark Penner is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. He grew up on a small farm in south western Saskatchewan and developed a keen love for music at an early age, influenced by his father's gospel roots. He was fascinated by the sounds of the blues, southern rock, and British rock from his older brother's music collection. In high school, he was introduced to the works of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Donovan and other artists of the 60's and 70's by his English and Industrial Arts teachers. In 1986, he joined the gospel rock band called the Believer Band whose founding member, Randy Ens, introduced him to the music of Larrry Norman,
Randy Stonehill, and the Resurrection Band. After the group disbanded, he continued collaborating with local musicians and working solo. In 1990, he released the self produced album Endless Road. In 1998, he travelled to the UK where he collaborated with two fellow Canadian musicians and a few UK musicians for a performance in the town of Dover. In 2003, he moved to Vancouver and joined friend and guitarist Colin Schindel, naming their act Massey 44 in memory of their rural prairie heritage. They recorded the CD Antelope, produced by Tim Readman, in Vancouver in 2005 where it was well received by the local music community and continues to find new audiences. Mark returned to Saskatchewan in 2008 where he continues to write, record and perform his music.