(p) & (c) Hazardgirl @ Hazardgirl Promotions, Vickiree Melouney & Mark Shay
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Booby Warm Records
Mark Shay was born in the O.C. of California, USA before his parents moved the family, at first, to N.Z. and later to Australia.
with a wide variety of musical influences from Dolly Parton to Elvis to
Mozart, he soon found himself in piano lessons learning classical music
at an early age.
With such a strong surrounding of Rock ’n’ Roll
and Country Music, Mark Shay was soon looking for a musical identity of
his own which he found in the likes of Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, and
Prince to name a few.
At the age of 11 he stumbled onto a video
clip of a young Glam Band named Poison with the song “Talk Dirty To Me”
and his fascination with the humble guitar began.
Mark Shay spent
the next few years teaching himself how to play the guitar and from the
age of 15 even began to teach others how to play. Along the way of
developing his craft he also taught himself how to play the Bass Guitar,
Banjo, Cello, Drums, and Violin among other instruments.
the rebellious teenager, Mark Shay’s musical tastes began to lean
towards the guitar dominated Hard Rock / Heavy Metal genre where he
became influenced by the likes of Poison, Skid Row, etc.
At the age of 14, Mark Shay found himself playing for local bands / artists at pubs and clubs in Sydney and surrounding areas.
the help of Karaoke, he began to work on a very undeveloped voice. As
his vocal ability began to improve Mark Shay used Karaoke competitions
to fine-tune his performing skills and was soon finding himself not only
placing in competitions, but winning them outright.
started his songwriting at the age of 12, the maturity in the music did
not start to show and develop until his later teens.
with being unable to secure a record deal, and after going under
different stage names, Mark Shay finally had a little success under the
name Shy-Michel with his heavy metal song called “Wake Up” which he
released via the internet.
Throughout the years, Mark Shay’s
musical taste had remained very eclectic, as he listened to the likes of
Marilyn Manson, Christina Aguilera, Sebastian Bach, Shania Twain,
Motley Crue, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Eminem,
Michelle Branch and so on.
But it was at a Line Dancing class that he frequents where he heard Keith Urban for the first time.
after being exposed to the music of Keith Urban, Mark Shay started to
discover others who were reinventing the sound and image of the country
music scene that he was raised with.
Mark Shay soon found himself being drawn back to Country Music.
wasn’t long before the influence began to reappear in his songwriting.
And it was soon after that where he found himself performing to crowds
that were dominated by country music fans.
The diversity in Mark
Shay’s musical influences leads to the unorthodox approach he takes with
his songwriting, playing, and performing.
Currently based out of
Wollongong, in the Illawarra, NSW he is aspiring to one day have his
own name up there with those who have, and are still pioneering and
reinventing the term “Country Rock”, Mark Shay just wants to stay true
“If I can blend the simplicity and honesty of
Country, with the passion and excitement of Rock… and do it well… Then
what more could I ask for.”
"its about time" also features the hit single - Keith Urban Stole My Girl -
has finally released his first album It's About Time....& after doing the
hard yards for the years leading into the album release it was an appropriate
title for the album.
Each track has been Written about his own life experiences or those of family,
friends & also Fans!!...Each song on the album someone will relate too.
About this track...
was written with the husband of a mad Keith Urban fan in mind...& how when
something comes on radio or TV about Keith the partner is only a second
thought....many people will relate...
If you would like to purchase a copy of "Its About Time", Please contact Vickiree Melouney -