CANCELED: Mark Wilkinson
Singer-songwriter, indie folk, and acoustic pop are labels that could apply to Mark Wilkinson, but ultimately he lends his voice to the human condition. His music has risen up the charts on two continents and his shows have sold out in several countries. Although Wilkinson has shared arena stages with some of music’s most enigmatic names, including Brian Wilson and Rodriguez, he still can be found performing on the street, forging connections through song without barrier or contrivance. Some of these organic moments of connection have led to breakthroughs as an independent artist: while busking in Amsterdam, a late-night television producer approached and asked him to appear on the show that evening. After the segment aired, his music hit the charts in the Netherlands and he began trending on social media. An advertising executive saw him busking in Sydney and placed his song “Middle Ground” in a Nescafé ad campaign that sent it to the top of the iTunes singer-songwriter charts in Australia.
In 2013, Wilkinson took the leap to North America, selling out his first show in New York City and hitting the airwaves across the United States and Canada on SiriusXM’s Coffee House station, where he was named discovery of the year, alongside breakout artists such as Chvrches and Bastille. His 2015 acoustic hit “Everything to Me” is still in rotation, and he continues to sell out shows across the continent, playing legendary venues such as the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee, and Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia. Now, with three full-length albums under his belt, Wilkinson returns to the stage in support of Blue Eyed Girls, his fourth record. Set for release in March 2019, this new collection of songs comes hot on the tail of Wasted Hours, which reached no. 1 on the Australian independent album charts in early 2018.