Mark Wilkinson – What Music Is All About

Last night, I was sitting in a community church hall in Glebe which resembled a rather large lounge room. Lots of sofas, armchairs and an odd assortment of chairs and coffee tables. There were 110 of us, all there to experience the magic of Mark Wilkinson performing live.

This was my second time seeing Mark perform. The first time was a few months ago in a tiny basement club near Kings Cross during a two week holiday. Due to a lack of funds, I decided to have a “staycation”, a holiday at home playing tourist in my own city. One thing I had decided to do was to discover a new artist. Some unkind friends tell me that I already have too many CDs (I do) and don’t need anymore (not true). I have quite a few friends who are eternally stuck in the past when it comes to music. They often make sweeping statements about modern music being rubbish which irritates me no end. There is still plenty of great music being created by great artists and I still get a kick out of discovering a new artist.

So, who was it to be? I quickly dismissed sites like Ticketek and Ticketmaster and found myself at Moshtix scouring the list of artists performing in Sydney during those two weeks. It felt a bit like drawing up a shortlist of job applicants to interview. Mark’s write-up caught my eye with words like “fiercely independent” and “soulful voice”. I checked a couple of clips on YouTube, liked what I heard and booked a ticket. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. It was an amazing show and I was instantly a big fan.

Last night was the same. There is something refreshing about a guy with just a guitar, simply singing and playing amazing music. And the voice. Mark really does have an amazing voice. Soulful doesn’t really describe it completely. Mark’s voice is one of those voices that grabs you by the balls and by the heart and drags you along for the ride. I really could listen to Mark’s voice all night long. I had quite a few emotional moments last night thanks to that voice. I kept thinking this is what music is meant to be about.

Another appealing thing about Mark is that he hasn’t succumbed to showbiz. He really comes across as a really down to earth guy, someone you could quite easily have a few beers and lots of laughs with.

Mark released his debut album “Truth Came Running” earlier this year, one of my favourite albums of the year. A great collection of acoustic soul. It is available through his website and on iTunes internationally as are his EPs. Here are a selection of songs.

The first single from the album was “All I Ever Wanted” and it has a great clip filmed in South Africa. I want a t-shirt with “I’m Alive” on it. 🙂

A favourite song of mine that is on the album. “Should’ve Been”.

Mark has that knack with cover versions of totally owning the song. This is the OneRepublic song “Secrets” that is on Mark’s latest EP “Sweet White Lies”.

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2 Responses to “Mark Wilkinson – What Music Is All About”

  1. 1 josh
    January 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    mark wilkinwson is a complete inspiration to me, my parents went to sydney and came beck with two of his albums, his music has got me through so much and has inspired me in much of the music i write, good on ya mark.

  2. 2 Odette
    April 3, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I stumbled across this review, and just have to say I am really glad, because here is someone saying exactly how I feel about this artist, so maybe I am not so crazy as some of my friends think I am! Well I give a lot of his cd’s away to my friends, some get him, some not so much.
    “Discovered” Mark about a year ago, ordered all his cd’s on the day and have listened to them every single day.
    I love music, and lots of old classics, but I always look for independent artists, and there are a few I love, but none of them have grabbed me like this one, and the more I listen to one of his songs (love them all, soft spot for The Secret from the Counting Down The Hours) the more I get out of it; it has been therapy for me.
    There’s a true raw honesty when he sings, he gives us all from his heart and soul.
    I normally stay away from concerts as mostly they are more about the hype than the music, but I agree that Mark’s shows are very very special, could listen to him for hours, no band, just his guitar. Secretly I am glad he is not in any hurry to “hit the big time” though I wish him all the success he’s aiming for. Have booked for 4 different shows for his current tour, can’t wait.
    Have had the privilege of chatting to Mark on a couple of occasions at The Rocks, and at his shows and find him such a humble and sincere soul, definitely the man behind this beautiful music, a real artist.
    And now I will stop, ( I could certainly rave on), lest you too think I’m crazy…
    Thank you for the opportunity to reply.
    Kind regards,

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