From press reports
After graduating from Mississippi State in 1995, he borrowed his daddy’s gray F150, took Hwy. 415 to the Natchez Trace and took a right.
Mark Box was headed to Nashville, but he wasn’t going there to “make it.” Although he can’t remember a time when he wasn’t playing or singing, it was actually a sales job at a major music publisher that brought him to The Music City. Not long after arriving in town, Box found himself in the studio doing session work for various publishers in town.
“I had a great job and I was pretty comfortable with where I was, but there’s just something about being in the studio creating music that’s hard to beat. I just couldn’t get enough of it.”
After years of sitting behind a desk, Mark decided to take a shot at making music for a living. Before long, he was writing and recording his own brand of country, and entertaining rowdy crowds at celebrated music haunts such as Rippy’s Bar & Grill, Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge, and Honky Tonk Central.
“I play music because I really love it. I love what it does to people. I love how a certain song can take them to a particular place or time that taps into a memory or emotion that touches, or maybe even changes them in a way they will never forget.” The importance of faith, home and family, and the idea that where you’re from shapes who you are, are the recurring themes of Mark’s music. Born and raised on a small farm in Choctaw County, Mississippi, Mark developed an early love of simple lyric songs that tell a story. From Southern Gospel super groups like The Happy Goodman Family and The Hinson’s to the early Bakersfield sound of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, the smooth crooning of George Strait to the hillbilly rock of Marty Stuart, and the heartbreak that could only be told through the voice of George Jones, all of these show their influences on FIELDS OF HOME, Mark’s first CD of original material. “I try to write songs that people can identify with and that make sense. That’s what I was going for with this record.” From the contemplations of life and legacy expressed on the title track and “The Man My Momma Tried to Raise”, to the soul-searching examinations of identity after love lost on “Would It Do Any Good” and “Finding Me”, the songs show Mark’s honest, emotional perspective. “Trailer Park Trash” speaks for itself, and “Honky Tonk Rockstar” offers a taste of life as seen by a working musician on Nashville’s historic Broadway music scene.
The 2010 winner of the Puckett’s Rising Star Songwriting Contest, Mark has been honored to return to the competition as a guest judge. “There’s a popular saying around this town.’It all begins with a song.’ That’s about right! It’s great to see and be inspired by some of the amazing talent this town attracts and have a glimpse into their world. To hear the story told by the actual writer is just amazing.”
While continuing to write and perform, Mark is happiest in his roles as husband and father. “Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my family and how much I enjoyed how I was raised. I was fortunate to have great parents and a wonderful family, and I want to live up to that legacy with my wife and son. I have been extremely blessed.”
For more information on Mark Box, please visit his website: www.markboxmusic.com or “Like” his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/markboxmusic.
Mark’s recording “FIELDS OF HOME” featuring 6 original songs is now available.
Mark is the son of Faye Box and the late Billy Joe Box of the Chester area and he has a host of other family members and friends in Choctaw County.