Ok, so who is the man behind the voice? Well Mark was born in a sleepy northern town in 1958 being the youngest son of four brothers and from a very early age Mark was exposed to a mass proliferation of music which undoubtedly shaped the Mark of today. His mother encouraged his passion with music and the ability to perform by sending him to piano lessons at the ripe age of nine, further he found himself singing constantly to either ‘The Beatles and Stones’ on the one hand and ‘Stevie Wonder and The Temptations’ on the other, but in spite of this he still appreciated the singers that we now refer to as ‘crooners’ from the older era such as Sinatra, Martin and Bennett to mention a few.
In his teens while holidaying with friends in Jersey in 1978 it was suggested that they checked out a certain singer called Matt Monro who was appearing in a nearby club. At the time it was just something to fill the time but by the end of the evening Mark was totally blown away by the quality and sheer control of Matt’s voice and from that day on Mark realised that is what he wanted to emulate. Throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s Mark dabbled with song-writing and recording along with the odd gig here and there until finally in 2001 releasing the album Synergy, a collection of original songs on Garden Records, a label owned and run by ex-fellow band member and good friend Jon Buxton.
During the noughties Mark played the east midlands club circuit as one half of a singing duo where he continued to hone his singing and entertaining skills...So that more or less brings us right up to the present.
The question is, in a musical sense where is Mark J Landerr today? Well let me give you a direct quote from him, “I feel like I’m sitting in a very comfortable position right now, my voice has mellowed a lot and now I’m in my fifties I’ve never felt so happy to be doing what I am doing and singing the type of songs that I’ve loved for years”. Yes Mark is in a very good place and I encourage you to experience the voice, the ultimate crooner that is Mark J Landerr.