From a young age, when Mark Irwin didn’t know the words to songs on the radio, he made them up.
In the late 80s Mark was playing guitar and singing in the village in New York City. On a whim, he packed up his car and drove to Nashville. At the time, The Bluebird served lunch and dinner and was very much a place to network. On his second day in Nashville he got a job working there.
Not long after, Mark caught the ear of the folks at Ten Ten Music Publishing, a young upstart company at the time and wrote “Here In The Real World” with Alan Jackson. The song became the title track to Alan's first album and each of their first number one song.
Since then Mark’s music has remained on the radio with hits Blake Shelton “Neon Light” Tim McGraw’s “The Highway Don’t Care” and many more. He attributes his long career to always trying to get to the truth of the characters in his song.
Mark’s advice to young writers today: “Change comes in inches rather than feet… If you come to town [Nashville]…do it for the long haul like I said it doesn't happen overnight. The thing is you’ve got to keep at it and imagine what you could be writing a year from now. I think there's always room for improvement...You need to really love it because if you don't love it, find something else to do."
Mark is going to be at the January 2019 hit songwriter invitational.