Mark Etheredge writes and performs his own brand of smooth adult contemporary pop music.
Change Coming, Etheredge’s debut vocal album—released on his own Vipaka Records label—evokes the refined pop of artists such as Steely Dan, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, and Todd Rundgren. Thoughtful, accessible, heartfelt, and witty, Change Coming features twelve original compositions produced by Etheredge. It’s a keyboard-driven aesthetic with a full band tastefully complimenting Etheredge’s luxurious playing. The title track is a bravely vulnerable statement of intent—an optimistic look at an uncertain future. “That’s the theme song for my career change. I knew I could have a better life if I just trusted myself. The music was calling,” Etheredge explains.
“I did demos at home with basic tracks and charts for the band to follow,” he says. The recording took place over the course of two months at The Annex in Menlo Park, California with tracking and mixing engineer Forrest Lawrence, noted for his work with Vienna Teng, Joan Baez, Chris Martin, Two Gallants and more. The album was mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Rainer Gembalczyk. Four of the songs feature Tower of Power sax man Tom Politzer and backing vocalist Jeanie Tracy.
With Change Coming, Etheredge rediscovered the cathartic rewards of writing lyrics. “After a long dry spell I wrote a song as my own therapy for dealing with some very deep regret and sadness about a breakup,” he reveals. “It opened up the process of writing and singing again. After I wrote that song, the floodgates opened and I continued to write about life situations I was dealing with and things I cared about.”
Mark Etheredge grew up surrounded by diverse music. His mom played Mozart and Chopin while his brothers played The Beatles, Doobie Brothers and Bob Dylan. His mother was a school music teacher and choir director. He grew up singing in school and church choirs, but explored piano on his own terms. “My mom tried to get me take lessons, but I refused. I liked improvising and I just taught myself,” he says. On his music journey he absorbed classical music, jazz, pop, rock, gospel, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Brazilian.
Etheredge resides in Los Angeles. He is currently writing new songs for his next release.
“There’s a big CHANGE COMING in Mark Etheredge’s life – and if the eclectic coolness of his debut album as a singer/songwriter and pianist is any indication, it’s going to involve much deserved adult contemporary stardom. In addition to playing the kind of refined soul/pop that legends like Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs and Bobby Caldwell did in their heydays, the multi-talented, Los Angeles based artist beautifully balances marvelously sly humor and colorful storytelling with heartfelt romantic expressions.” – Jonathan Widran, Smooth Jazz Global Radio
“Smooth and sophisticated…His sweet tenor vocals and smooth jazzy style bring to mind Steely Dan and Boz Scaggs, but if his sound hearkens back to earlier times, his message is entirely forward-looking.” – John Voorhees, Owdolatrous Press
“If Etheredge’s songwriting skills are not enough for you, Change Coming was tracked and mixed by engineer Forrest Lawrence (Joan Baez, Chris Martin). Joining him in the studio were some Bay Area masters including Tower of Power saxman Tom Politzer, Weather Girl Charlene Moore, and Two Tons of Fun’s Jeanie Tracy. To top all that, the record was mastered by none other than Grammy Award winning engineer Rainer Gembalczyk. Definitely a winning combo!” – Joshua Smotherman, Middle Tennessee Music
“Mark takes you on a little journey on which you’ll discover a type of music you didn’t yet know you had a love for.” – Siobhan Chapman, Indiemunity
“Mark is really on the cutting of something new and different. He is very easy and gentle in direction but knows exactly what he needs and wants. It was a pleasure working with this gifted and talented Artist. I had fun working on this project and LOVE the songs…all of them. I predict great success in this project and proud to be a part of it.” – Jeanie Tracy
“Mark’s music is so much fun! Every time I listen to Mark’s music, I end up tapping my toes, dancing or dreaming.” – Stephanie Lynne Smith, Artistic Director and Concert Pianist