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Mark McGee
1976-1986:
By age 11, Mark's love for guitar and visions of the big time had taken over. Mark's passion for music propelled him forward, and by age 15 he was performing in the San Francisco Bay Area's top clubs with his early bands Overdrive (1980-1983) and Now (1984-1985), opening for bands such as Metallica, Ratt, Y&T, Randy Hansen, Loudness and Quiet Riot.

1985-1986:
From 1985-1986, Mark was lead guitarist with the prog rock band Starcastle. In the seventies, Starcastle played arenas touring with Jethro Tull, Rush, Boston and many others. Starcastle was experimental in its approach to creating music, with an artistic side rarely heard in the music of today. Led by founding member Gary Strater (1953-2004), Starcastle's music was a fusion of rock and classical styles, with layers of harmony vocals. Realizing how the resonance of a great vocal had the power to move him deeply, Mark began developing his own strengths as a vocalist and was soon accepted to study with respected voice teacher Judy Davis (Barbra Streisand, John Waite, Steve Perry).

Passion, song and melody have always been the biggest inspirations for Mark and have had a direct influence on how he attacks the string and makes the guitar sing. His melodic and emotionally driven style makes Mark a standout among other guitarists.

1986-1995:
From 1986-1995, Mark was busy recording and touring as lead guitarist for the Bay Area's Vicious Rumors. VR toured in 20 countries and enjoyed video rotation on MTV's Headbanger's Ball (USA & Europe). Their 1991 Atlantic Records release, "Welcome to the Ball", was nominated for "Outstanding Metal Album" at the 1992 Bay Area Music Awards. Highlights with VR include performing at the Hammersmith Odeon and the Marquee Club in London, as well as headlining a sold out tour of Japan. VR performed shows around the world to crowds as big as 30,000 people and performed with acts such as Paul Stanley (Kiss), Blue Oyster Cult, Badlands, Paul Dianno (Iron Maiden), Savatage, Testament, Danzig, Zakk Wylde, Metal Church and many others. Mark left Vicious Rumors in 1995 but later made guest appearances on their albums "Sadistic Symphony" and "Razorback Killers". In April 2011, Mark reunited with the band for a special show at the "Keep It True" festival in Germany.

1995-1999:
In 1995, Mark was invited to play guitar with the Alameda All Stars. The members of the All Stars were also members of Gregg Allman's band, "Gregg Allman and Friends". When Gregg was in need of a guitarist, Mark was asked to audition and walked away with the gig. Mark is the longest running guitarist in Gregg's 30+ year solo career. From 1995-2004 and in 2007, Mark toured throughout the US, Europe, Canada and Japan with the southern rock icon and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer. Mark's fiery style and wicked slide playing added an exciting edge and intensity to the band's sound. Through Gregg came the opportunity to work alongside legendary producer Tom Dowd (Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin) for the recording of Gregg's "Searching for Simplicity" cd in 1997. Mark also appears on Gregg's 2001 "No Stranger To The Dark/The Best of" cd. Gregg Allman & Friends shared the stage with artists such as Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks, Govt. Mule, The Spinners, Wilson Pickett, David Crosby, Bad Co., REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent, Joan Jett, Kansas and Cyndi Lauper.

1999- present:
In 1999, Mark was hired as a session musician to record guitar tracks on demos for singer/songwriter Nicole Sutton, from Detroit. Other musicians on the demos include bassist Stu Hamm, drummer Jeff Campitelli and Katie Schuch. Mark and Nicole had much in common, both musically and personally, and the two soon realized that their paths' crossing was no accident but destiny.

Mark and Nicole named the band Luvplanet, and rehearsals continued throughout 1999 as everyone prepared to go into the studio. Mark's role as producer became clear as he began fine tuning song arrangements and vocal harmonies. Luvplanet's well-received debut cd was released in 2003. Stu and Jeff's obligations with Joe Satriani, however, didn't allow them the time to commit to the band, but Mark and Nicole's chemistry continued to blossom. Together with bassist Tommy Sisco and former drummer Scott McKenzie, the band released 3 follow-up albums: "State of Mind" (2005), "Lucky One" (2008) and "Luvolution" (2010). The band also recorded the song "Don't Take Me For A Loser" (featuring Mark on lead vocals) for the Gary Moore Tribute album "Give Us Moore".

Mark and Nicole continue to create fresh, original rock music with memorable, meaningful songs, big melodic hooks and stellar guitar work. Pre-production for their 5th full length studio album is ongoing, and plans to tour are also in the works.

Mark has tracks recorded for his debut solo cd, tentatively titled "Gem". The cd highlights his diverse musical palette and includes guest appearances by bassists Tony Franklin (Jimmy Page), Stu Hamm (Steve Vai), drummers Jamie Van De Bogert (Gregg Allman) and Jeff Campitelli (Joe Satriani) as well as other special guest appearances.

Mark played guitar on the Disney soundtrack "Sky High" and on the acclaimed instrumental release "Guitar Farm". He also made guest appearances on Stu Hamm's "Outbound" and "Just Outside of Normal" releases, on Brad Gillis's (Night Ranger) "Alligator" cd and on vocal legend Mickey Thomas's (Starship, Elvin Bishop) 2011 release "Marauder".

If you wish to hire Mark for sessions, production or guitar instruction contact him at mark@markmcgee.com

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