Mark Miller - EP Preview Show!
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA, 30030
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
“Not many redneck country songwriters have two Masters degrees.” Mark Miller laughs, poking fun at the diversity of his own success.
From following the paths of education to a full-career in gospel music, he’s been a traveling performer, a student, an adjunct professor, a worship leader, a full-time Dad and more; but, with a new chapter comes a new focus, and Mark is using this latest release to get back to his country roots. The self-produced EP, which is set to debut in August, centers on the journey of his last five years. He’s found a strength in redefining his voice through songwriting, pulling from the trials of his past to paint into words a brighter future. In collaborating with a new-found friend in renowned songwriter, Phil Barnhardt - who literally came out of retirement to co-write several tracks on the newest record - Mark is releasing a stronger collection of songs than he’s produced in recent memory.
None of this is a surprise, however. Mark has been in the music scene for years, having been born to musician parents in Nashville, Tennessee and growing up in rural Georgia, it seems that Mark Miller's destiny was to become a country singer-songwriter. Over the last twenty years, he’s gathered fans from coast to coast, playing his own songs while performing alongside artists, like Buddy Green, Lenny LeBlanc, Keith and Kristen Getty, and more.
The newest EP is littered with the influence of his southern upbringing, touching on the occasional americana instrumental and giving the vibe of an acoustic island musician, all the while staying rooted firmly in the country genre. From addiction recovery to divorce to loss and redemption, and even raising teenagers, there’s a feeling of understanding in every track. The EP will be recorded in a simplistic format - an upright bass player (Drew Lawson), a mandolin (David Ellis), a power-house vocalist (Emily Yake), an electric guitar (Josh Hall) and of course, the man himself - Mark Miller.
Some of the change in format and sound can also be accredited to legendary songwriter, Phil Barnhardt. Mark is not shy about Phil’s involvement, noting that the one-time Sony staff-writer has co-written with him on nearly every track. With Barnhardt’s accolades spanning several number-one cuts with A-listers like Waylon Jennings, Martina McBride (Broken Wing), Shenandoah (I Wanna Be Loved Like That), Lone Star (No News), Sarah Evans and more, Mark is thrilled to add his name to the long list of artists to be influenced by Phil’s talent.
A Georgia girl growing up on the outskirts of Atlanta, Ella played violin as a child. During her violin lessons, her teacher noticed Ella was always more interested in singing rather than playing. One day she asked Ella, “Would you rather sing today instead?” This concluded her violin instruction and inspired Ella’s pursuit of music ever since. Over the past year, Ella has been sharing the stage with several Atlanta based country music and Americana artists.