In addition in late 2016 Mark’s song Island, recorded and released as a single by pop artist Svrcina, has over 2,000,000 plays on Spotify, and the lyric video has over 1,000,000 plays on youtube. His song “John Brown” has been performed on four continents and is part of the band’s Papa Grows Funk’s new documentary, “Do U want it?” His song “Country as Cornbread” was the title track of Red Marlowe’s EP. Red was runner up on “The Voice” in 2017.
Mark has had two music publishing deals in Nashville. He also has twelve years experience teaching songwriting at Tulane University, and has recently taught pop/rock ensembles on the adjunct music faculty at Loyola University in New Orleans. He still continues to write, perform, record and produce music of many genres with his band, Carson Station. He has co-produced solo album projects as well.
A New Orleans native he started out playing in clubs around town at the age of 15 cutting his teeth on classic rock and blues in cover bands.
His experience playing and subbing in different bands over the years helped to expand his repertoire to funk, R&B, jazz standards, and country among other styles.
(bass, saxophone, flute)
He is a graduate of the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas, and studied Jazz Performance at The University of North Texas.
He then moved to Austin where he performed with numerous acts including The Golden Arm Trio, The Naughty Ones, Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes, and acted as lead alto saxophone in several notable big bands.
Among his most memorable freelance gigs was a performance as lead saxophone alongside Aretha Franklin. From 2005 to 2014, he was the saxophonist for the Marcia Ball Band, touring extensively worldwide. Thad is currently the saxophonist for the Lena Prima band.
started annoying his parents by banging on things at the ripe old age of four for no apparent reason, and his parents, like any naïve, masochistic parents, bought him a drum set.
He kept playing those drums and moved to New Orleans in 1999 to find some like-minded musician folk. Since then, he has played with many amazing songwriters, song pickers, and song singers, such as Lynn Drury, Dave Jordan and the NIA, Eric Lindell, Gal Holiday, and The Fessters. He has loved every minute of it.
(lead vocal, acoustic guitar)
Mark Carson has been writing songs and performing for many years. He has played venues and fesivals in New Orleans, Nashville, and elsewhere, including the Bluebird Café, Tipitina’s, and the Maple Leaf, as well as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Frank Brown Songwriting Festival, and the Pardi Gras Festival. He has written over 1500 songs in many genres.
In addition to getting some songs cut by award-winning and successful New Orleans bands such as Papa Grows Funk, in 2009 Mark got his first Nashville country single, Barn on the Rooftop, that was recorded by Ty Williams. He has had over 50 songs recorded by artists in Nashville, New Orleans, and beyond, and has had several singles played on country radio, as well as other songs recorded in the country, pop, funk, and rock genres.
Recently Mark co-wrote three songs from New Orleans artist John "Papa" Gros's latest release, "Central City." He had co-written nine of the eleven songs on John “Papa” Gros’s 2016 releast, "River's On Fire."
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