Mark Morton, Jr. is a faithful son of Carrboro, North Carolina, believing in the music coursing through his hometown's veins. After finishing grade school in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, he set out to study Music at Berry College. Studying under the tutelage of John David, Morton developed his skills as an artist striving to fit into any setting. During his time living in Georgia, Morton honed his skills and earned his stripes at various venues in his second home of Rome, GA and Atlanta as well as local Carrboro hubs like The Station and Second Wind, bringing in songs to perform that he wrote in his dorm. Morton moved home to establish a niche and cultivate a group of peers to collaborate with. His approach is regarded as muscular from growing up around blues records and hearing artists such as a Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King, while his choices as an accompanist engender lush harmonic landscapes. His command of the guitar is incredibly diverse both in repertoire and in style, having been influenced by artists in the Jazz idiom while taking interest in other genres. The result is an amalgam of memorable composing and contemplative and riveting improvisation. Morton is known for his compositions that are wrapped in harmonies dripping with influence from jazz and melodies reminiscent of energetic blues, vibrant soul and sincere pop music. He often produces unique arrangements of pieces from the Great American Songbook.
One of his most cherished moments in his catalog is performing with Grammy nominated saxophonist Troy Roberts, who most recently appeared on Van Morrison’s newest record. Supporting Roberts in songs such as Fred Sturm's arrangement of Radiohead's "Everything In Its Right Place", Morton has been a part of the transcendental movement of “New Standards”.
Morton believes in spreading the professional and humanitarian benefits of music through community outreach and education. A lecture series is currently underway to showcase the importance of investing in community and spreading the severity of importance in the arts for developing youth. Additionally, Morton advocates for the arts as a means to making to a living in an effort to highlight the professional aspects of being a sole proprietor and entrepreneur in the creative community amidst the STEM working world.