Mark was born in Victoria, BC in 1953. He composed his first song at age 5, when he started taking classical piano lessons from his Grandmother. Immediately, the influence of the classical composers (esp. Bach), his father's Boogie Woogie piano playing, and soon after, the Beatles was evident in Mark's playing style and music. During those early formative years, Mark also took violin lessons, played in a string quartet and a community string orchestra, and sang Gregorian Chant in a church choir.
All of those and later experiences and influences variously inform Mark's music. One important later experience was his membership, as a fiddler/violinist/singer, in the 15-member folk-rock group, "Bargain at Half the Price". The group's four-part male/female choir-style singing + lead vocals are clearly reflected in his own music.
Though Mark had always written songs, it wasn't until he was 31, when he formed his own band, "Jonnē Krōm", with Graeme Chard, that he introduced his songs to the public. By then, Mark had declared himself as a pianist/keyboardist. Jonnē Krōm and the band that it morphed into, "The Fault", featured female lead vocals, memorable melodies, 3 and 4-part harmonies, and richly textured scores. It should be noted that Graeme wrote about half of the songs, Mark wrote the second-most, and nearly everyone else wrote at least one song.
All the while and subsequently, Mark wrote music for and played piano and keyboards in a variety of projects including: Fringe Festival, improv comedy and other theatre projects, dance accompaniment, special events, lounge piano, a documentary movie, original rock duo "U.N.I." with Sue Baim, original rock band and duo "one2many" with Dave Jensen, and more. One highlight is Paul Hyde's guest singing on Mark's song "Winless Game" on a U.N.I. record (on the Poolwest label).
In 2011, Mark revisited all of his 75+ compositions and songs, many of which have not yet been publicly performed. Many of the songs also didn't have lyrics. Mark also decided that it was time to have his music performed the way that best suits it - with acoustic piano, string instruments, choirs, and guest solo musicians and singers. So, Mark formed a piano trio (piano, cello, violin), the "Whyte, Reed, & Cowan Trio" and has started arranging his compositions and songs accordingly. Also, he is re/writing lyrics for his songs that need them.
Mark's current projects include: arranging his music for piano trio, writing lyrics, recording the piano trio (and guests), producing CDs of his earlier bands, finishing a 6-song recording for "one2many", and other projects. Plans for the future include: piano/string/choirs/guests concerts, house-concerts, more recording, more writing, and more.