John Mark Nelson is an independent American folk songwriter based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Raised in a musical home, Nelson has found success in the Minneapolis music scene almost immediately after graduating high school; in December 2011, John Mark Nelson quietly released his debut album 'Still Here'. His second release, Waiting and Waiting, was released in August 2012. In June 2014, Nelson released his third album, Sings the Moon, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign that helped him fund the project.
2011: Still Here:
Nelson grew up around music, as his immediate family was composed of musicians. When he has 14 years old, Nelson started to learn instruments and arranged original compositions.
At 17, he spent a fall and the winters crafting songs at home, and in 2011, he put this record together and released his first full length, Still Here released independently on 29 December, 2011.
He does not have the intention of be a songwriter, but after his songs were featured on locals radios stations in Minnesota, Nelson got back to his music career.
2012: Waiting and Waiting:
After the High School, he produced his second full length, Waiting and Waiting released independently on 12 August, 2012. The album was released with a sold out show on Observer Drift and Husky and had songs featured in seven local radio stations.
In December 2012, Nelson participated in a project Minnesota Beatle Project Volume 4, recording a cover of The Beatles, A Day in the Life. He also had his first music video aired on MTV on 13 August 2013.