Beauty from ashes...
Mark has been singing and songwriting since high school in rural Georgia. Early on, Mark was influenced by John Denver's ability to find music in a simple chord progression and do something spectacular with it. He taught himself to play guitar while listening to Denver's music on an old, beat-up Barclay guitar accidentally left at his house by an out-of-town guest.
Repressed memories of severe childhood trauma left Mark plagued with fear and identity issues. God graciously delivered and restored him later in life (click here to read more about that process). As a result of this ongoing journey together, Mark and his wife, Cindy, are passionate about using their gifts to help others "press on" to find hope and healing by the power of God through the language of music.
Mark' s music is eclectic in genre but primarily Christian, Pop, Folk and Americana. His style can be characterized as fun, real, "passionizing", sometimes-raw music that speaks from the heart in a way most people can relate to. Much of his music comes out of his personal recovery as well as friends from Celebrate Recovery.
Mark's music sounds like Matthew West, Matt Redman, Phillips, Craig and Dean as well as Big Daddy Weave. Andy Rozier (Vertical Church) and Paul Balouche have been especially influential in Mark's pursuit of excellence in songwriting while always staying "real" and relatable - the same person on and off stage.
Mark recently transitioned from being a Worship and Arts Pastor to full-time songwriting. After five years as a full-time caregiver for her father who had Parkinson's Disease, Cindy now does marketing and collaborating at Mark Alewine Music. Mark and Cindy reside in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and enjoy date nights, golf, hiking, fishing and time with family.