Life seems full of hopeless dreams, mainly because of the fear that drives us away from following them. The beautiful sight of witnessing a heartfelt pursuit of a dream inspires us all to long for more. Since the words of his first song scribbled on a notebook, Mark Wagner has truly followed the pull of his heart. Mark offers a lively and realistic look on life. Through his deep faith and strong foundation for truth in a world full of lies, Mark, in a calm and defined way, embodies the hurt, joy, hope, and mysteries of our lives. Maybe the stars fall into perfect alignment or the sun shines extra brighter when the feelings of his soul transfer to show-and-tell form for his listeners to come and see.
Mark’s first solo project “While I’m Here” has enabled him to jumpstart his solo music career. Engineer, producer, and friend Ben MCamis and Mark came together with an array of talented musicians to fully express the music. “For me the creativity involved with this record was my favorite part.” Mark explains, “Ben and I had the opportunity to put our heads together and turn the songs into something I could never have imagined sitting in my room writing them.” This record is a compilation of deep lyrics, soft acoustics, and full sound. Listening to one track causes you to throw your hands in the air and dance, while others may bring you to tears.
The last year has been spent playing in cafes, bars, gymnasiums, camps, or anyplace with an audience to listen. Rocking a crowd with the full band rendition of “More Than Crazy” or serenading them with a stripped down acoustic version of “You Alone”, Mark leaves an audience wanting more. Whether the crowd is 5 or 500, Mark’s natural vocals and smooth melodies draw them to his music.
After the shows are over and the crowd disperses, the man left wrapping chords and carrying speakers understands that there is more to this life and more to share with his fans than his stylish good looks and witty sense of humor. “You know a dear friend once told me that it’s not about me,” Mark states, “and I hope my music offers something more to others.”