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Mark Conklin is a musical monster. Not only does he possess a terrific voice his tunes are beautifully crafted, cleverly written and instantly likeable. The man’s got a seemingly inexhaustible supply of great licks, memorable phrases and terrific melodies which suck you in the first time you hear them. He’s one of those gifted songwriters that can actually sell all of his goods entirely by his lonesome. You’re in for a treat if you happen to catch this guy’s work — and make the effort. You’re gonna leave humming a whole new set of tunes.”
- James Longo, V.P. of Performing Arts, Watchung Arts Center
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Mark D. Conklin is an award winning songwriter, producer and performer based in NJ and Nashville and founder of Music City East, LLC, a full service music entertainment and marketing company.  He recently won the Independent Music Award for Country Song of the Year and the same album which he produced was nominated for Best Country Album at the L.A. Music Awards. He’s been nominated for numerous songwriting awards by prestigious organizations including the Nashville Songwriters Association International, Billboard Magazine and the New York Songwriters Circle. His songs have been covered by dozens of artists, reached top 10 on the Billboard Blues Chart, top 10 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart, and top 40 on the Country Breakout Chart and Billboard Indicator Chart.  Mark's music has been featured in several independent films including an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival and has been heard in TV shows on HBO, Showtime, E Channel, CW among others.   

As a performer, Mark has been entertaining audiences from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark (NJPAC) to the Bluebird Café in Nashville and has been heard on the radio from Tennessee to Dublin.  He is currently managing and producing several young emerging artists, host and co-producer of the “Nashville Hitmakers” show at NJPAC and host and producer of "The Stories Behind the Songs" on NJPAC Radio.

"Lip Synch or Swim"

Breaking News!

Heart-of-dixie





Watch and listen for Mark's songs on the new CW hit series "Heart of Dixie", sung by recording artist Amber Hayes.  Amber also sings her songs and has an acting role in the new movie "Cowgirsl 'n Angels" starring Bailee Madison and James Cromwell.  Congratulations Amber!

News & Events

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Mark's song debuts on the
Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart at #9
"When Standin'Up Stood For Something" co-written and recorded by Rural Rythm recording artist Mark Houser 

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MARK D. CONKLIN is chosen 2011 "BEST OF BRANCHBURG" HONOREE
for his work in music and the performing arts!
nj.com -
http://bit.ly/qKFhrJ & nj.com - http://bit.ly/qCpDm9

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"BRANCHBURG SINGER/SONGWRITER MARK D. CONKLIN STRIKES COUNTRY CHORD IN NASHVILLE & CLOSE TO HOME"
NJ.com/Messenger-Gazette - 
http://bit.ly/fWdJMY


CONKLIN'S TUNES A BIG HIT at The Minstrel in Morristown
MorristownGreen.com - 
http://bit.ly/hHn09B
 
 

WINNER of FIRST-EVER AVON VOICES GLOBAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION
http://bit.ly/pJqtTr
 

MARK PERFORMS "SEPTEMBER 12th" at September 11th Tenth Anniversary Remembrance Event at the Mayo Performing Arts Center
MorristownGreen.com -
http://bit.ly/nqItgz
NJ.com/Independent Press -
http://bit.ly/ngFUHy 


"THIS IS ME" IS ON THE RADIO!
Emerging country/pop artist Julia Claire released her first EP in July 2011, produced and co-written by Mark D. Conklin. Julia is now on country radio rotation on Thunder 106 FM! 
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/juliaclaire


"WAIT" MUSIC VIDEO is TOP 10 on GACTV.COM and Breaks TOP 40 on the Country Music Chart!
Written by Amber Hayes, Mark D. Conklin and Bill DiLuigi, the song is climbing the top 40 in the Music Row Country Breakout Chart and Billboard indicator chart.  Way to go!  Check out "Wait" video here -
http://youtu.be/ZlTBWGP_5QE 
  

"SANTA NEEDS A BRAND NEW BAG" FEATURED IN NEW MOVIE
Mark's song can be heard in "Walk A Mile In My Pradas" with Tom Arnold and Bruce Vilanch which premiered in the June Hoboken International Film Festival - 
http://youtu.be/Yjyy_Vt4CIg

"It's About Time" CD

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