Mark Koenig is a British Columbia singer-songwriter whose dynamic live performances have received accolades from critics and won him fans of all ages and walks of life. He has been performing professionally for more than thirty years and is as comfortable playing Calgary's Saddledome in front of audiences of thousands as he is playing festivals, concert halls, auditoriums, coffee houses, and private performances.
In his long and storied career, Mark has opened for such country music luminaries as Bobby Bare, Garth Brooks, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Vince Gill, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stewart, George Straight, Ricky Van Shelton, Don Williams, and Dwight Yoakam. He also did a three-year stint as Ian Tyson's band leader in the mid-80s.
Mark's debut CD, The Lonesome Kind, was released in 1991 and received widespread critical acclaim for its versatility, originality and strong narratives. Featuring challenging content and bold arrangements, the songs on this album are variously influenced by folk, swing, rockabilly, Cajun, Tex-Mex, and country-rock. The CD spawned four singles (Trail of Tears, Pretty Eyes, Pretend, The Lonesome Kind), all of which received extensive airplay, and the album's title song hit Top 20 on the Canadian charts. It's not surprising that several critics picked The Lonesome Kind as one of the top country CDs of 1991.
That same year, Mark would be nominated for Best Male Country Vocalist at the Juno Awards. He would also be nominated for Song of the Year and the Vista Rising Star Award at the Canadian Country Music Awards and would win Most Promising Artist and Song of the Year (for The Lonesome Kind) at the Alberta Country Music Awards in 1992. The music video for The Lonesome Kind picked up Best Music Video at the Alberta Motion Pictures Industry Association (AMPIA) awards and was one of the Top 100 Videos played on the Country Television Network (Nashville) in 1992. Trail of Tears, the lead single off The Lonesome Kind was later selected by the Alberta Recording Industries Association (ARIA) for a compilation CD of Alberta's greatest country songs in 1995.
Mark has long been known as a confident and eloquent songwriter. His lyrics are intelligent, imaginative and engaging and a distinct departure from the often clichéd sentiments found in many country songs today. This can be attributed to a passion for writing that started in childhood as well as regular trips to Nashville where exposure to some of the best songwriters in the business helped him to hone his skills.
No stranger to television, Mark delivered a commanding live performance at the Canadian Country Music Association awards in 1992. He has also appeared on MuchMusic, the Tommy Hunter Show's 25th Anniversary Special, Joan Kennedy's syndicated television show, and was a frequent guest on Sun Country, an Edmonton television show hosted by Ian Tyson in the 80s. He has also been interviewed many times by CBC affiliate stations.
Following the success of The Lonesome Kind, Mark continued to tour on and off over the next several years while devoting the bulk of his efforts to building a log cabin in the wilderness near Invermere, BC and writing original material. The result was 1999's well-received Crazy Over You, a country-flavoured CD that features Mark's hallmarks: diverse, introspective songs delivered in a gritty baritone. Then, following an eight year self-imposed exile from the music business, Mark returned with Livin' This Life in 2008.
Mark is currently playing select dates in Canada and the United States and is hard at work on several projects, including a new CD of original material that he's recording in Alberta.
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Phone: (250) 428-3132