In just a short amount of time, MARK209 has garnered the interest of an industry. Tagged the “best group you probably have never heard” by industry leaders, MARK209 has certainly made a mark for themselves. The 2011 National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY was no exception as they revealed their new name; which is a reference to Mile Marker 209 in Nashville, TN (the location of Music Row … and considered the Heart of Nashville).
Audiences respond immediately to the four-part harmony that they are accustomed to in Southern Gospel. However, MARK209’s sound has more of a country grace and their lyrics reflect the life that many live, which allows them to effectively communicate to their audience. Evident in their recordings is the fact that they utilize some of Nashville’s top writers and musicians.
In an attempt to change it up, MARK209 has teamed with manager/producer Billy Coren who orchestrates their song selection and arrangements. Billy takes from his years of experience with the Ronnie Milsap show to produce their unique sound.
MARK209 travels extensively across the United States and Canada, including appearances at Elvis Week 2012 Graceland Main Stage, the North Carolina Apple Festival Main Stage, Harmony at the Gulf, the Owasso Gospel Opry, and Tonanzio’s Dinner Theatre. They have also been guests on many television programs including Nite Line and Down Home Gospel on Dove Broadcasting, The Good Life, and Gospel Music Today. The American Society of Gospel Music has broadcast three of MARK209’s concerts as worldwide pay-per-view events. The group has also been secured to sing the title cut of the soundtrack for a televised documentary about "The Church in the Wildwood", as well as to perform on The Wheeling Jamboree during the Jamboree’s 80th Anniversary Celebration. During the Christmas season, MARK209 tours the country performing their highly acclaimed Christmas concert.
MARK209: Nathaniel Justice, Jym Howe, Bryan Hatton, Ray Woconish -- four superbly distinctive and recognizable voices blended together to bring fun, encouragement, inspiration, and an interactive worship experience to all ages.
The members of MARK209 have taken a stand. They all agree that the words they sing are not just words, they are words to live by. Click below to see their Morality Clause.
#1 Song, 2 consecutive months (Southern Gospel Today)
Top 5 New Release in the Nation (Singing News)
Named “Ones-To-Watch” 2012 (AGM)
Nominated "Entertainer of the Year" (USAGEM)
Nominated "Fan Favorite Artist" (AGM Music Awards)
Nominated "Breakthrough Artist" (AGM Music Awards)
Nominated "New Excelling Artist" (SGM Fan Awards)
CD “Grassroots” listed in Top Picks of 2011 (AGM)
Radio Release on the Singing News Top 80 Chart for 10 months