Sep 282011

The Holbrook High School Music Department will present Mark Cross in concert at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, at the George Gardner Performing Arts Center. Fusion and Movin’ will be featured at the concert. Tickets are $5 in advance from any HHS Music Department member or $6 at the door the night of the performance.

Cross grew up in Ventura County, just north of Los Angeles, and graduated from Moorpark High School in 2011. As a youngster, Mark was raised with a family who loved nothing more than to listen to and play music, while doing artist-inspiring and creative activities, such as making comic books and collages. His musical influences included classic rock artists, such as Rush and Journey, and newer artists, such as Jack Johnson and John Mayer.

When he turned 10, he received his first bass guitar from his dad. He instantly fell in love with the idea of being able to create his own music. At the age of 16, he received an acoustic guitar for Christmas and composed his first song, “Float Away.” From that time forward, he knew that one of his great loves would be to write and perform music. He immediately attracted attention as a singer-songwriter in his hometown.

Cross continued to write music whenever he had spare moments from his school studies. On one occasion, he completed five new songs in only one month. During 2010, at the age of 17, he recorded and distributed his first acoustic demo disk. By the end of that year, he had attracted notice from executives in the nearby Los Angeles-based music industry. Encouraged by positive responses, he connected with some music students at his high school to develop and transform his acoustic songs into “band songs.” The thrills and pleasures of performing his music with a band in front of festival and concert venue audiences became immensely inspiring to him. Earlier this year, he caught the attention of a Hollywood music producer and production team, who have quickly accelerated his career.

He and his Mark Cross Band mates are aggressively recording music (four albums in four months) and are touring nationally.

Cross notes that he has a very optimistic view of life and believes that every thing happens for benefiting and life-teaching reasons. He says he also believes that any goal, no matter how difficult and challenging, can be reached by most any individual, as long as that person has “unshakable self-belief, works hard and does not give up.”

Cross said he is very grateful for his opportunities to record, perform and tour, and encourages fans who come out to see any of his shows to stay and talk with him afterwards. Meeting new people and discussing a variety of subjects are two of his many joys and passions, so he hopes that fans and supporters will feel welcome to meet and talk with him when he comes to perform. He noted that he is a “fan of his fans,” and loves to hear about their life dreams and journeys, interests and stories.