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How Garth Brooks Influenced Mark Bray

Updated: Mar 30, 2020


August 17, 2011

In a recent interview, Country artist Mark Bray commented on his biggest musical influence, Garth Brooks. We thought it was worth a mention…

I never saw anything like it before … or since…

Garth Brooks Mark's inspiration
Garth Brooks Mark's inspiration

I was glued to the TV for over 2 hours as Garth and his band threw a party for

20,000 fans! They were having so much

fun it looked effortless. I remember thinking “I can do that”. I was a teenager, couldn’t play the guitar and didn’t have much singing experience. But I knew I wanted to be just like Garth.

These days while country music more

resembles 80’s rock with an alternative edge and cowboy hats are generally disappearing from the scene, I’m proud to say that just like Garth, I do it my way.

My producer Dave Simmons and writing partner Ray McCrory have been in the business for a long time. Their influences include everyone from the 70’s through the present and they compose songs in many genres other than country. This adds the distinct sound of the debut releases “The Gasoline Blues”, “Meet Mark Bray” and “American All Star”. Dave is also working with me to bring more of my traditional country flavor to our new projects.

Although I love pop and rock music too, I’m always proud when a fan tells me they see a little Garth Brooks everything I do!

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