Five-time Emmy winning and Grammy nominated composer/ producer Mark Oblinger brings his soulful, eclectic blend of folk/pop to the stage in 2023, featuring powerful, vocal forward arrangements from his latest release, “High Water Line” —PLUS new songs from 3 EP’s scheduled for release this coming year.
“High Water Line” garnered a host of national reviews, press and radio airplay on both commercial and noncommercial Americana and AAA formats and tour dates including the iconic “Café Bohemia,” the “Rockwood Music Hall,” and “The Bitter End” in New York City.
In June of 2023, Mark wrapped up an over 30 year career of producing for some of the most talented and gracious local and national artists to focus on writing, recording and performing his own material. "Thanks so much to Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay, former Firefall alum Steve Manshel, Colorado Hall of Famer Chris Daniels, World Singing Day creator Scott Johnson, Cari Minor of the Strangebyrds, Lisa Bell, Timm Duffy, Karen Horan, Mindy Upton, Jonathan Bennett and many more for trusting me with your most precious musical gifts. I am humbled and forever grateful."
In April of 2023, Mark released the first single from his upcoming "The River" EP - his very alternative take on the Pure Prairie League classic "Amie." The second single, "Lead the Way" (Bessie's Eyes) was released on Septemeber 22, followed by the full "The River" EP release on December 1st, 2023.
And check out Mark's touring schedule with dates/show info regularly updated!
Mark’s tunes sound fresh yet familiar, with lyrics that paint vivid pictures of personal loss and rebirth—and the courage to stand one’s ground when left without easy choices.
Mark’s national performing roots include stints with chart topping country rock stalwarts Pure Prairie League (“Amie”) and Firefall (“Cinderella,” “You Are the Woman”). From there, Mark has had the good fortune to work with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco) Garth Brooks, Amy Grant, John Oates, Jeff Hanna, Michael Martin Murphy and more.
With works featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Mark was a 2012 Grammy nominee for his Children’s Jazz Symphony – “JumpinJazz Kids – A Swinging Jungle Tale,” featuring the great Al Jarreau.
Mark is joined on tour by veteran singer/ keyboardist and co-writer Linda Lawson and eTown drummer and bassist Christian Teele and Chris Engleman.