Mark Garrison was born with a passion to make music. From the time he entered his first talent show in third grade, got his dad to teach him to play guitar, and won, he has been hooked. Mark started his first band at the age of 14 and became a local talent. After graduating from high school he started a rock band and began playing the bar scene. This band included Lee Davis, who has since gone on to make quite a name for himself within the music world. Mark and Lee have remained close friends to this day.
Mark eventually became burned out with the bar scene and decided to move to Nashville to pursue a record deal. He spent nearly ten years in Nashville in which time he had a country group from England, Blue Rendezvous, record one of his songs, "She'll Go Her Way, I'll Go Mine". The last five years in Nashville Mark landed a job working for Reba McEntire. Reba published three gospel songs Mark had written under her Starstruck Angel Publishing Co. and offered to shop a record deal for him. Marks' desire for success in the music business was losing its appeal and Mark turned the offer down, decided to move back to Ga., and got out of music all together. He spent the next 13 years driving a truck and raising a family. During this time Mark was able to reflect and separate himself from some of the superficial idiocracy of the music business and concentrate on some of the purer aspects, allowing him to fall in love with the idea all over again. Mark has spent the last three years playing bluegrass with "BlueBilly Grit", a band he started, which includes his daughter, Amber Hollis, Shawn Hart, Patrick Chilsom, and occasionally his son Matt Garrison. "BlueBilly Grit just released their second Cd, "Ready for a Change" and stays busy playing venues all over the Southeast. Mark, Amber, and Patrick also have a side project called "Tuesday's Union" which features a wide range of music from all genres.
As a soloist, Mark has a wonderful repertoire which covers a vast range of music. You might hear anything from James Taylor, to Johnny Cash, Jim Croce, Bill Monroe, Dean Martin, John Denver, Elvis, or Mark's own original songs, which are a culmination of a lifetime spent in love with music from all eras.
Mark Garrison has performed as a professional musician all over the southeast at weddings, corporate events, festivals, night clubs, and private parties. As a soloist, Mark has a wonderful repertoire which covers a vast range of music. You might hear anything from James Taylor, to Johnny Cash, Jim Croce, Bill Monroe, Dean Martin, John Denver, Elvis, Something off today's pop or rock charts, or Mark's own original songs, which are a culmination of a lifetime spent in love with music from all eras. His versatility and fun loving charm add to his expertise as a musician, singer, and songwriter. In addition to his solo act, Mark is a member of "BlueBilly Grit", a rockabilly bluegrass band with two Cd's under their belt, and "Tuesday's Union", both currently playing in venues throughout the southeast.