A DUTCHBOY in NASHVILLE
Nashville based 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, always busy with his musical passion, started writing songs at the age of 11.
After graduating high school Mark decided to go to university. By that time he already had his own 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, invited Mark to the UK after listening to some of his demo recordings. 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 sadly died from a heart attack.
In 2008 music industry veteran Fred Vail, former producer of the legendary Beach Boys came across Mark’s songs and wanted him to come work on a couple of tracks in his Treasure Isle Recorders, the Nashville based studio 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. In the years to come Mark recorded numerous times at Treasure Isle Recorders and released different albums in Europe, rapidly getting airplay on Dutch and European radio and performing on various television shows. Over the last years Mark won multiple Dutch CMA Awards for ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ as well as ‘Most Promising Act’. Other highlights were playing Europe’s biggest Country Music Festival in Zurich, Switzerland, theater tours and European (country) festivals.
Although Mark received serious recognition in his hometown of Rotterdam by receiving the ‘export award’ and the fact that he’s still touring and releasing music in Europe, Mark finally decided to fully focus on a US career and settled in Nashville.
Over the last three years ‘Dutch Boy’ Mark Blomsteel – a loving nickname by the Nashville locals – worked extensively in his brand new hometown Nashville on his first US debut record. Recorded in the Treasure Isle Recorders Studio and produced by Nashville country veteran Fred Vail, “Burning Old Bridges” is above all a very diverse album. Up tempo songs as the first single “Contagious”, country rock songs like “Crank it”. Ballads are definitely a strong side for Blomsteel, as you can hear the pure emotion in his voice in songs like “Someone Somewhere Tonight” and “Give You Back”. Mark also shows his playful sexy side in “Show Me What You Got”. All In all, Mark’s distinctive voice stands out from the crowd.
The first US single ‘Contagious’ is released via M.A.R.S. Label Group USA / CEN, The Orchard, a division of Sony Music, on the 15th of March, 2019 and will be followed by the release of the debut album “Burning Old Bridges” on April 26th, 2019.