Singer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist
Mark Turner captivates audiences with his unique approach to blues, folk, soul and groove. He is a multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter who has an undeniable warmth and passion for the music he performs, whether it’s his heartfelt lyrics, his wailing saxophone or his roaring guitar solos.
After a decade performing with WA talents such as Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys, Jessie Gordon, the Darling Buds of May, DJ Fdel and the Perth Cabaret Collective, and performing at major festivals in Belgium, Germany, Singapore, and Australia, Mark has recently released an enchanting original debut, “Made For Us”.
Mark has won four music awards and one cabaret award at Perth Fringe World Festival and, in his debut year as a songwriter, was nominated for a WAMi Song of the Year award and semi-finalist in the Unsigned Only competition.
Made For Us
Some people take a lifetime to figure out what their dreams are and some figure it out before they are eight. Such was the case for saxophonist, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Mark Turner, who at the age of seven enrolled himself in piano lessons without his parent’s knowledge. Two decades later Mark Turner has distinguished himself as one of the most exciting and versatile performers on the Perth music scene. Whether performing his original singer/songwriter music or accompanying some of Perth’s greatest jazz, rhythm & blues and soul artists, Mark’s captivating stage presence and flair for entertainment elevates any performance into a memorable experience.
Regularly appearing with local talents such as Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys, Jessie Gordon, Perth Cabaret Collective and Hans Fiance, Mark enjoys a busy performance schedule in Perth, as well as touring extensively both around Australia and internationally. Mark has completed multiple tours of Asia, Europe and North America with highlights including performing at Mechelen Radio Modern Festival in Belgium, Bergmannstrasse Festival in Berlin and Singapore International Jazz Festival. Mark has also graced the stage with internationally renowned artists such as Adele, Big Jay McNeely, Tommy Schneller, Christian Rannenberg, and Alemay Fernandez.
Since the inception of Perth Fringe World in 2012, Mark has won four Music Awards and one Cabaret Award as well as receiving over a dozen Fringe Award nominations.
In 2017 Mark released his debut EP “Made For Us,” a sincere recording that comes straight from the heart for listeners to enjoy. Mark is currently working on producing his first album, which will be available later in 2017.
“a magical combination of emotionally filled lyrics and naturally sounding vocals.” – Divide and Conquer
“Mark has spent the past few years demonstrating his skills as not just a storyteller, but a singer, songwriter, guitarist and saxophonist” – Six8
“This is the type of track you release on repeat and let it uplift, inspire, and sing the story of love.” – Ear to the Ground Music