All Things Vocal Podcast

Professional vocal coach Judy Rodman shares tips and techniques for singing and speaking on stage and in the recording studio. For singers, speakers, vocal coaches and studio producers

The Multi-Creative Soul - Interview with Mark Elliott

June 15th, 2020

This is the audio version of the blogpost you can find at AllThingsVocal.com.

Today I interview Mark Elliott… singer, songwriter, performer, musician,  audio engineer, studio producer, novelist, poet, outdoorsman, and airplane pilot. I'm sure there's more:) Listen for inspiration to go forward, from someone who has a big to-do list and knows how to use it!

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Some quotes from the interview:

Discipline is connected to inspiration
Protecting forward momentum energizes the next thing
The legs of your forward momentum are upon content

Some of our discussion trails:

  • Integrating multiple creative and technical sides of oneself.
  • How you can start out in classical voice and end up in bluegrass - loving them both!
  • The value of both nature and nurture, parents and environment, to Mark's journey.
  • Brick walls and turning points
  • The difference between writing songs and writing novels.
  • Mark recites his latest poem ‘Where Did You Go’ 
  • Thinking outside the box for the promotional video series to launch his single 'Craziest Thing'. We play a snippet!
  • Mark's experience with a vocal polyp.
  • Guitar strings and microphones... including how he cleans his mics.
  • Mark's future gazing; encouragement for others to move forward, too.

About Mark Elliot:

To quote Devon O'Day; 

As a singer-songwriter, Mark Elliott is a ‘lifer.’ He lives and breathes the poetry of existence.
Mark started his singer-songwriter career in Washington, DC. Tom Paxton discovered him and led him to Nashville. He has won songwriting awards including the Kerrville New Folk Award, has written for publishing houses including Bluewater Music, Maypop Music group, and Sony Music/ATV, and has had his songs cut by indie and major-label artists. Billboard Magazine called Mark’s Neal McCoy hit, Every Man for Himself, “a song with rare lyrical and musical edge and the best cut on the album.” Other publications have praised his work including Martin Guitar Company’s Sounding Board Magazine, UK’s Maverick Magazine and Music Row Magazine which said Mark was "Almost too good”.  
 

He tours live with his band, Runaway Home, and has a new solo EP due out summer 2020, with the first single called "Craziest Thing". Mark writes books, blogs, and essays. Kirkus Reviews said of Mark’s first full-length book, The Sons of Starmount: Memoir of a Ten-Year-Old Boy, “Cheerful, more thoughtful than most reminiscences, and quite enjoyable.” Mark is a regular contributor to Songbones Magazine.