Local musician Mark Shark was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri. “I wanted to be a professional baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals," he confessed. Lucky for us, he ended up being a musician. When asked if he has a day job, his answer was, “I’m a musician—I have several day jobs. Every day I am either composing, recording, transcribing, writing, or teaching,” Mark said.
“I moved to LA in 1979 to pursue music and spent the next 35 years in the studio, touring, gigging, teaching, and writing from my home there. I moved to Portland a year and a half ago with my wife Robin. Our daughter attends Reed College.”
Moving to LA in 1979 opened up a lot of opportunities for Mark. Meeting Jesse Ed Davis and playing with him led to meeting Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, and Bonnie Raitt—these people all made a huge impact on Mark’s playing.