Born on 20th July, 1973 to a modest family, Mark Mallman has come to gain the recognition of the world. He was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin (also the birthplace to Les Paul) to a humble couple. Even though Mallman had a keen interest in music, he had to attend regular high school while taking jazz piano classes at The Miwaukee Conservatory of Music. Moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1991, Mallman graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and performance arts from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Mallman’s professional career had a head start towards the end of the twentieth century. He had done gigs in several bands along with Davey VonBohlen, later becoming a part of The Odd, a glam rock band. However, all these stints were short lived and not enough to catapult Mallman into the world’s eyes. He wasted no time and launched his first solo album, The Tourist in 1998. Around the same time, he recorded an original single We Only have each other in the night for Vermont, his side project with old friend VonBohlen. Beginning the new millennium, Mallman released How I Lost My Life and Lived to Tell About It. By now Mallman had acquired some of the world’s attention and he went on to release The Red Bedroom in 2002, Who’s Gonna Save You Now in 2003, Mr. Serious in 2004, Between the Devil and Middle C in 2006 and Invincible Criminal in 2009.
Mark Mallman has always been the fiery performer, drowning in the joy of music while on stage. Till date, he has given three marathon performances. The first song was titled Marathon 1. It ran a length of 26 hours and came out in 1999. Traversing to the second leg of his trilogy, Mallman sang Marathon 2 over two consecutive days at the Turf Club in St.Paul, Minnesota. 2010 saw the completion of Mallman’s Marathon 3. This one ran for 78 hours and was done over staggering 576 pages of lyrics.
Today, Mallman is a professional composer of some hallmark. He has given the music for trailers of several major motion pictures including Adventureland, 10,000 BC and Haunting of Molly Hartley. Mark Mallman was recognized as the Best Male Vocalist Twin Cities in 2000 by City Pages. He also won City Pages’ Best Live Artist Twin Cities in 2010. Enraptured by the height of Mallman’s creative genius, the mayor of Minnesota declared October7-10, 2010 as ‘Mark Mallman Days’ in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Fame had had no effect on Mark Mallman. It has only drawn him closer to his music. Today, he does compositions for trailers and movies along with travelling constantly to keep up with his count of 150 shows a year.