Mark comes from a musical family. Both of his parents were musicians and singers -- his mom an expressive vocalist with a knack for inventive harmonies, his dad a songwriter and musician. Their band The Gospel Voices was known for bringing unconventional rock elements into a traditional music style. His dad later earned a living producing radio and writing jingles.
By 12, Mark was strumming his dad's Gibson and singing original songs influenced by popular artists from his parents' heyday like John Fogerty, Jimi Hendrix, and Johnny Cash.
At Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, he made a name for himself as one of Kentucky's finest singer-songwriters, blending imaginative lyrics and a distinctive guitar style. By his early twenties, he had collaborated with a number of great musicians like Curtis Burch and Bela Fleck of Newgrass Revival, Kentucky Headhunter Greg Martin, and jazz pianist Beegie Adair.
His songs have been used commercially by the NCAA athletics department of his alma mater as well as the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Melloan's songwriting has been praised in a number of publications including Country Weekly.
His latest album mixes country, bluegrass, rock, and pop into an all-American sound with wider appeal than the narrative folk and newgrass Melloan is known for. "Hallelujah Love" (release date forthcoming) fits somewhere between Alison Krauss and The Wallflowers.
Recorded in Nashville mainstays like Quad Studios' Neve Room where Neil Young recorded Harvest, the thirteen songs include performances by bluegrass masters Stuart Duncan and Byron House, Counting Crows drummer Steve Bowman, and pop singer David Mead. The collection was mixed by Grammy-winner Jason Lehning and mastered by the iconic Bob Ludwig.
Melloan's vocal is refreshingly free from affectation and immediately recognizeable. As producer and bandleader, Melloan's arrangements are sophisticated and rewarding in a critical listening session. And as songwriter, his lyrics are uplifting and relatable, hitting on universal themes of love, hope, and endurance.
Melloan's new songs are memorable and easy to like. Download on iTunes
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Team & Collaborating Artists
American rock drummer and songwriter; founding member and drummer for the Counting Crows
Kentucky multi-instrumentalist; arranger; composer; and studio musician
Electric guitarist; songwriter; producer; multi-instrumentalist; studio musician; touring musician (Billy Currington, Big n Rich)
American bluegrass multi-instrumentalist; five-time Academy of Country Music Fiddle Player of the Year; two-time Grammy-winner
Nashville multi-instrumentalist and keyboardist; producer; engineer (Willie Nelson, Porter Wagoner, Sheryl Crow)
Member of rock band Brother Henry with brother, Ned; multi-instrumentalist and cellist (Ben Folds, Guster, Sixpence None the Richer, Steve Earle, R.E.M.); producer; engineer
Kentucky filmmakers specializing in pre-production, on-set logistics, and post-production.
Kentucky drummer and percussionist; worship musician and youth pastor
New Zealand rock bassist; member of Australian rock band Midnight Oil
American bass player and session musician (Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Buddy Miller); producer; touring musician (Robert Plant Band of Joy); multiple Grammy nominations
Nashville artist and graphic designer; chalk-artist; hand-lettering artist
Kentucky film-maker, photographer, and graphic artist
American producer (Mat Kearney), composer, multi-instrumentalist and keyboardist; mixer/engineer (Alison Krauss, Guster, George Jones); two-time Grammy winner
Nashville producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and arranger (Kasey Musgraves); engineer (Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis)
American mastering engineer (Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Police, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen); 10-time Grammy-winner
Nashville pop singer-songwriter; vocalist; multi-instrumentalist; extensive discography and touring history (John Mayer, Liz Phair)
Kentucky stylist and photographer (Disney, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, CBS Sports, ESPN)
Recording engineer (Electric Thunder Studios)
Recording engineer (Studio 526)
Recording engineer (Quad Studios Nashville)
American bassist and multi-instrumentalist; composer; producer; extensive touring history (Billy Joel, Elton John, John Fogerty, Crosby Stills and Nash, Tim McGraw)
Recording engineer (Quad Studios Nashville)
Nashville recording engineer (Ronnie Milsap, Randy Travis, Mindy Smith)
Nashville producer; engineer; musician
Nashville drummer and percussionist (Loretta Lynn, Ricky Van Shelton); producer and recording engineer