MARK NELSON ~ MUSICIAN/SINGER-SONGWRITER
I am a musician and singer/songwriter with a difference …… in that I do it all with one arm, not for any clever reason but simply because I was born with one arm.
Writing songs, in my head, before I could play any instrument, I eventually found a way of playing guitar, one-handed, when I was 13. I began recording my songs, at home, when I was 15 and have been writing and recording ever since.
Following many years as a guitarist/songwriter in various rock bands – The Poppyheads, Nelson Romeu, Supersmiler and Slinki Malinki – once managed by the legendary producer Gus Dudgeon, I eventually took a solo path in 2010. I started playing my own, simple, acoustic ballads at local gigs and was voted ‘Best Support Artist 2010’ at the Guildford Music Awards of that year.
I continue to perform regularly, both as a solo artist and with my Blues trio/band, at numerous gigs & festivals throughout the UK and have toured internationally in Romania and Kosovo. I have had my songs featured in films such as ‘World without Waves’ and broadcast internationally – Rock FM in Romania and RTK in Kosovo, as well as on the BBC World Service and BBC – Radio Berkshire.
My singing is heartfelt and I like to instil honesty and naturalness into my songs; as well as injecting humour into their performance, as I love to perform and have a great rapport with my audience.
In addition to rock, pop, blues and ballads, I also compose incidental and soundtrack music and have had my music featured in promo films for events such as the Festival of Orlane in Kosovo and in a rock musical Everything in Colour.
After a succession of privately released demo albums, my debut ‘official’ solo album “In From the Cold” was released in 2013 and contained mostly original blues and ballads material. My latest, second, solo release “Out in the Sun”, which I also self-produced, is far more adventurous and contains original, more full sounding, pop compositions where I perform all of the instruments (guitars, keys and even orchestration) and vocals myself.
“Out in the Sun” is released by Blue Trouser Records and is available as a CD, and as digital downloads.Please follow me on Social Media