John Mark Nelson (born November 23, 1993) is an independent American folk songwriter based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. John Mark Nelson quietly released his debut album Still Here in 2011. 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.
Nelson was born in Laguna Beach on November 23, 1993. He attended Minnetonka High School and graduated there in 2012.
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 arrange original compositions. At 17, he spent the 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 to be a songwriter, after his songs were featured on locals radios stations in Minnesota, Nelson got back to his music career.
2012: Waiting and Waiting:
After graduating from Minnetonka High School, he produced his second full length album, 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 on seven local radio stations. In December 2012, Nelson participated in a project called Minnesota Beatles Project Volume 4, recording The Beatles' song, A Day in the Life.
2014: Sings The Moon:
On January 17, 2013 Nelson launched an Kickstarter campaign to fund his third album production. The campaign was funded in February 7, 2013 with the goal of $16,735. The album was produced by Matt Patrick with co-production of Nelson. One of the songs on Sings the Moon, "The Moon and the Stars" was featured as his first music video and aired on MTV on August 13, 2013. On June 24, 2014 he released the album Sings The Moon. For this effort, rather than playing and engineering everything on his own, Nelson opted for a professional studio recording and chose the Library Recording Studio in Minneapolis. Sings the Moon was co-produced by The Library Studio's owner/operator Matt Patrick (producer). He employed his live band; Nate Babbs, Benjamin Kelly, Nic Eggert, Grace Keating but also brought in several guest musicians; Jeremy Messersmith, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Matt Patrick (producer), Aaron Fabbrini, Ben Rosenbush, Kara Laudon, Zach Miller,Jim O'Neill, John Cushing, Josh Misner, and Kenni Holmen. Nelson released the album's second single "Boy" was directed by Mairin Hart and released on YouTube on October 22, 2014.
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