“Your song writing is world class” – Nick Raymond (BMG / RCA Music)
“I really liked what I heard” – Muff Winwood (ex snr VP, A&R Sony Music UK).
“Mark has a really great voice”- Jeff Smith (BBC Radio 2 Head of Music)
Usually, when people find sudden fame as a musician, the artist in question is the first to know about it. However, this was not the case for Welshman Mark Ruebery - he is an internet sensation in Indonesia, and even has his very own tribute video. Aside from that, he also has an impressive fan base made up from people all over the world.
Mark is currently living in Newport, but has recently travelled around the world on various different cruise ships, driving all the women crazy. Seriously, Mark has had ladies shamelessly flirting in front of their husbands, women passing numbers to him on napkins, a love letter from an Austrian woman, and girls comparing him to both John Lennon and a young Mick Jagger.
The album title is ‘One Night, One Chance’. Mark describes it as a moment of self realisation, pushing your own boundaries and giving up security. The inspiration came from the ending of a rocky relationship, and the sudden realisation that he could do much more than the job that he had been doing for years. It gave him a new lease of life, a positive outlook and something new to strive for. The music on the album portrays an upbeat approach to taking risks in life. In the same week his relationship ended, he quit his job, and so began the steady climb to where he is now.
The first single off the album, ‘Her Smile’, is a feel good, jazzy number, which is about momentarily being consumed by a moment shared with the one you love. Spattered with jazz piano, swinging brass and complimented by his smooth vocals – it’s impossible to keep your toes from tapping when listening to this track!
‘Her Smile’ is due for release on the 19th January, and ‘One Night, One Chance’ is due for release on February 2nd.
To see some of his guitar skills, watch his swing medley below:
It’s no surprise that Mark is about to break the music industry, he has plenty of experience! From playing guitar for Ronan Keating and Charlotte Church, to Dan Hawkins from the Darkness describing his songs as “great, uplifting tracks”, Mark has an extensive list of celebrities and producers backing his music. Nick Brine (who has worked with Oasis and The Darkness) produced his first album, he performed with the John Barrowman Band on BBC Children In Need, and Nick Raymond (who signed Take That) came to watch one of his gigs after hearing him play on Granada television: