There is a grass-roots buzz building in small town Spokane, WA around local singer/songwriter Mark Schurtz or "Shirtz" as friends like to call him. Having always tried to find his niche in other cities, it was only until recently that Shirtz found success in Spokane.
Mark was the only one out of the five Schurtz children to pursue music. Brothers and sisters found sports and Mark found a CD player, getting quickly addicted to forming melodies and lyrics. Song writing started at the age of 8, scratching down misspelled words and naivety into a notebook that would later become an outlet for thoughts and angst. Realizing the potential in him, Mark's parents got him involved in music lessons at an early age and quickly saw the passion and addiction he had developed for creating music. At the age of 14, Mark started getting attention from production companies and labels from across the globe. Randy Kartchner (who has written hits for Gladys Knight and the Pips) flew to Spokane from Nashville, Tennessee to meet Mark and work on material that would later turn into Mark's first single "If That's How it Feels."
Few short months passed and "If That's How it Feels" had gotten the attention of representatives from record companies such as Jive and Columbia. In 2005, Mark flew to Belfast, Ireland to meet with "Streetwize", a new international boyband. After a quick audition, Mark was welcomed as a good fit for the group and began training in Orlando, Florida with Lou Pearlman who managed and marketed such artists as the Backstreet Boys, N*sync, Britney Spears, O-Town and many more.
Streetwize disbanded in 2006 due to legal issues with the management. Mark continued to pursue music and found other opportunities waiting for him around every corner.
Mark graduated from Mt. Spokane high school in 2008 and enrolled in college for Audio Technology. After a year in school, Mark had internship opportunities all across the United States. The next few years would consist of traveling and writing new material, with the thought of sold out crowds still fresh in his mind.
Mark set foot back in Spokane in 2011 and hit the local scene hard. That summer he was crowned the winner of "Spokane's Got Talent" and began playing every venue in town. More recently he has moved to Seattle and works with a full band. During the summer of 2013, Mark has played with such artists as ZZ Ward, Nappy Roots, Jonny Lang, Vicci Martinez and many other great up and comers.
Mark has impressed audiences all over the country with his unique way of covering popular songs with his looping equipment. His band is also made of seasoned players and delivers a masterful performance of original material for all ages. His new album, Dirty Laundry, contains 10 original songs and is releasing fall 2013 on iTunes and Pandora and many other digital outlets.