Long Beach, CA (PressExposure) May 16, 2014 -- The singer and songwriter known as Mark Bryce has released his latest EP record, "Celebrate Life." The extended-play album comprises four original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 15 minutes. It has been published on the Cedar Creek Records independent music label. A blend of pop, modern folk, and country music, "Celebrate Life" by Mark Bryce has something for everyone and proves that this American performer deserves his FM airtime.
Asked to describe his main artistic influences, Mark writes, "I'm influenced by a variety of great songs and artists. My biggest musical heroes are Mellencamp, Springsteen and Bon Jovi. Some of my current fav's include several artists in the country-crossover genre including Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and the Zac Brown Band."
Mark Bryce's "Celebrate Life" EP belongs in a play list which might include the above artists, yet maintains its own unique sound. Much of this comes from the character of Mark Bryce, himself.
"My mom was a huge Elvis fan," the native of Long Island, NY writes. "Some of my earliest memories are from watching classic live broadcasts of Elvis Presley. Seeing the innate coolness he had along with the overwhelming audience reaction just made me want to be a part of that energy and excitement. I got my first guitar at age seven and began to emulate Elvis. It wasn't long after until I started writing my first songs."
Some of the Elvis Presley swagger persists in Mark's music, giving it a direct and determined tone that is neither too aggressive nor arrogant. Another significant part of his musical chemistry is the folk-style narrative of his songs, each of which is based on the life of Mark Bryce, himself. Even his professional name, in fact, is part of his ongoing story.
Mark had moved from his small-town environment on Long Island to Hollywood with a friend. He unabashedly admits they had big dreams and "stars in our eyes."
"Several years into life in Hollywood," he writes, "my best friend from back home who had moved to LA and was my roommate tragically lost his life (this is referenced in the song 'Celebrate Life'). His name was Bryce. That's where I got my last name. I use the stage name Mark Bryce as a way of honoring him and making him apart of this next chapter of my life."
Mark Bryce has since returned to Long Island, the tale of which is recounted in his "Yellow Brick Road." He hopes to make a place for himself soon in Nashville, TN, also.
"Celebrate Life" by Mark Bryce is available online worldwide.
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