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Mark Christopher Merritt

Mark was born in Virginia, raised in North Carolina and finished high school in Tennessee--a true "wild-eyed southern boy". His musical background started when he was twelve years old, playing clarinet and saxophone in school bands. At the age of fifteen, Mark started playing guitar and singing. After high school, Mark spent twelve years playing with military bands in Korea, Japan, Germany and the United States. Mark has also played several concerts backing "The Temptations".
Mark has had a successful career playing in Bands and performing solo for the last 33 years. Mark has worked with (and also led his own) big-bands, Jazz combos, country and rock bands covering almost all genres of music.
In 1996, Mark started his publishing company, Choo-Choo Seven Musik u. Verlag. In 2009 Mark took over an independent record label and soon found himself owning 4 labels (Amazing Records, Castle Road Records, Blade Records, Country Lane Records). Mark has recently combined the labels under Castle Road Records.
Mark also continues to perform himself and has released to date 7 Solo CD´s, 1 Duo CD (mit Sievert Ahrend), 1 Band CD (Mark Merritt Band; mit Sievert Ahrend und Thomas Merritt).

Mark Merritt Radio Hits:

„You Can’t Stop If You Never Slow Down“
Platz 1 der Hitparade Country Super 10

“Danger Straight Ahead”
Platz 4 der Country Super 10 ein

„Danger Straight Ahead“
Top 20 der Country Music Airplay Charts Deutschland

“For Everything You Do”
20 Wochen auf Platz 1 in den Zuhörer-Charts auf

„The Farmer’s Daughter“
Platz13 der Hitparade Country Super 10

"Boats, Beaches, Bikinis and Beer"
Platz 1 in den Country Music Airplay Charts Deutschland

"Boats, Beaches, Bikinis and Beer"
Platz 25 in den Country Music Airplay Charts Deutschland
Platz 3 in den Country Super 10


GACMF Awards 2002: *Male Singer of the Year 2001* nomination
Pullman City: *Pullman City Country Music Trophy 2001* winner
ICMAG Awards 2001: *Male Entertainer of the Year*
ICMAG Awards 2000: *Songwriter of the Year* & *Independent Award*
Best of Texas Award Show ’99: *American Horizon Award*
ICMAG Awards ’99: *Male Singer of the Year*
Mark Merritt