Mark Blomsteel (1983) was born and raised in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. At an early age he was diagnosed with a genetic eye disease that would leave him legally blind. Limited vision never stopped him from chasing his goals and dreams. Mark was always busy with his passions music and sports (soccer). At the age of 11 he casually started writing songs and joined a high school band when he was 12.
After graduating high school Mark decided to go to the university of Rotterdam to become a teacher. Those plans changed two years later when he decided to go with media and entertainment management. A 4 year study which earned him a Bachelor degree. By that time Mark already had his own internet radio show and worked for MTV Networks.
It was during the last year of college that he got in contact with British producer Paul ‘Tubbs’ Williams. Williams who previously worked with The Spice Girls and Boyzone was very interested in working with Mark after hearing some of his demo recordings which were done in a home studio.
Together they recorded ‘Leaving it all behind’ a song Mark wrote. This song was to be Williams’ last work. Shortly after mixing the track he died from a massive heart attack.
Mark started his own page on the website MySpace.com which was getting enormously popular. Mark uploaded ‘Leaving It All Behind’ and to his surprise started gaining a huge following. At one point he became the number one Dutch singer/songwriter on the famous website. Even some airplay on Dutch radio stations was gained.
NASHVILLE DEBUT ALBUM
In 2008 a music industry veteran by the name of Fred Vail, former producer and manager of the legendary Beach Boys came across Mark’s song and was so impressed that he wanted him to come work on a debut album in his Treasure Isle Recorders, a studio in Nashville Tennessee where the likes of Johnny Cash, Sheryl Crow and Dolly Parton used to record as well as Jason Aldean, who to date recorded all his platinum albums there. Vail brought together a team of the best studio musicians including bandleader Chris Leuzinger, who played on every Garth Brooks album and in the summer of 2009 work started on Mark’s self titled debut album.
It took some time before the album started getting some attention but Mark rapidly started getting airplay on every Dutch country radio show. In 2012 Mark formed a band and started working on a first Tour in Europe. A first single was launched ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’ which led to interviews and performances on Dutch National radio and tv stations. That same year the song ‘What’s That Cowgirl See In Me’ from the album won the Dutch CMA Award for Song of the Year!
2014 brought a new album with the title ‘Crank It’ again recorded with Vail and Leuzinger at Treasure Isle. An album that brought Mark more recognition and radio airplay with the singles ‘Different Just The Same, ‘Talk Me Down’ (for which a music video was shot during a blizzard in New York City) and the most successful single to date, the Richard Marx cover ‘Endless Summer Nights’. At the end of 2014 Mark won the Dutch CMA Awards for ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ as well as ‘Most Promising Act’. Another highlight was the fact that Mark and band were invited to play one of Europe’s biggest Country Music Festivals in Zurich, Switzerland.
When Mark first got to Nashville and hit the songwriting and karaoke scene, the locals gave him a loving nickname Dutch boy! It always stuck with him over the years and he decided it would be a fitting title for his third Nashville record. The team started working on this album, partially funded by fans in 2015 and eventually was ready for release two years later in 2017.
Prior to the album, three singles were released: ‘Contagious’, ‘Crazy Come Crazy Go’ and ‘Show Me What You Got’. Especially ‘Contagious’ was very popular and it’s video, recorded in New York City reached over 100k views on YouTube. During the promotion of that single Mark also had the privilege to play at the iconic venue ‘De Melkweg’ in Amsterdam where legends as Prince and The Rolling Stones previously played at.
At the end of 2017, Mark was successful at the Dutch CMA Awards again winning ‘Album of the Year’ for ‘#Dutchboy’ and ‘Song of the Year’ for ‘Lived & Gone To Heaven’. He also got recognition in his hometown of Rotterdam where he was nominated for an important export award.
2018 kicked off with the release of the 4th single from ‘#Dutchboy’. ‘Caught In A Storm’.