Have you ever wondered what Prince would sound like if he came out today? Well, the answer is Mark St. Rose.
Mark St. Rose is an emerging R&B artist. Growing up in the small city of Albany, Georgia, Mark had a particular interest and love for music from a young age. This affinity was evident throughout Mark’s endeavors: he was part of the choir in his church, and he was a member of a marching band and chorus at his high school, Westover. During high school, he developed a knack for writing poetry, which he would eventually turn into songwriting further into his career, and he trained himself to learn how to play the piano, guitar, drums, bass, and many other instruments. His dedication to music and discipline throughout the years cultivated his rich experience and style.
While his craft is mainly in R&B, Mark gains inspiration and cites influence from many different genres, including pop, rock, neo-soul, house, and jazz. Mark looks up to the giants of the music industry and attributes his musical stylings to artists such as Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Lenny Kravits, D’Angelo, and the late Prince, to name a few.
Mark’s debut project was released last year, entitled Doves Vol. 1. It’s an LP consisting of twelve songs, each showcasing his ability to put together great music and attesting to a style unique only to him. His music is scintillating and hypnotizing and entirely relatable. He has a newly released single called “No Rush,” which channels a heavy late nineties R&B aesthetic. This sound is what Mark fully intends to capture and explore for his next project, an EP called “Mango,” set to be released later this year.
Mark is the full package. He writes, sings, and produces all of his music. Mark can play any instrument, and his music displays a wide range of vocal talent. Mark loves adding guitar solos in his tracks because he believes it is a lost art in mainstream music and needs a revival. With his passion, skill, and drive, Mark believes he is fully capable of conquering the R&B genre. Versatility is essential in the music industry, and Mark is capable of branching out into any genre.
Young adults, particularly women and people from the LGBT community gravitate toward his music. Mark hopes they find comfort in his music as much as he enjoyed producing them. He writes his songs to teach: give men lessons on how to treat women properly and encourage women to stop bottling up their feelings and trust their men to acknowledge them.
When you listen to Mark’s voice, there is an uncanny resemblance to one of the most legendary singers of all time, Prince. The similarity makes Mark’s music reminiscent of a past era and almost nostalgic even. Mark has also learned many lessons from studying acts that came before him like Usher, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Jackson, Prince, Babyface, and many others. His music quality reflects the high regard and value Mark has for his craft, and someday, he hopes to be among the giants he continually admires.