Mark Morton is a faithful son of Carrboro, North Carolina, believing in the music coursing through his hometown's veins. 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. His command of the guitar is incredibly diverse both in repertoire and in style. Studying under the tutelage of John David, Morton developed his skills as a guitar player capable of fitting in any setting. His approach is regarded as muscular from growing up around blues while his choices as a accompanist engender lush harmonic landscapes. Morton is known for his compositions that are wrapped in harmonies dripping with influence from jazz and melodies reminiscent of energetic blues, soul and pop music. He can be found producing unique arrangements of pieces from the Great American Songbook at his performances.
One of his most cherished moments in his catalog is performing with Grammy nominated saxophonist Troy Roberts, supporting Roberts in a performance of Fred Sturm's arrangement of Radiohead's "Everything In Its Right Place".
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 with his new campaign, Music Is Business, an effort to highlight the professional aspects of being a sole proprietor and entrepreneur in the creative community amidst the STEM working world.
In late 2018 Mark will be working to release his debut LP, a project that has continuously evolved with him for nearly three years and features a staggering amount of local musicians. The record is tentatively set to release in November, 2018.