Versatile singer releases solo EP

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GRAND URGE singer Mark Stanley, right, has released a solo EP.

Chicago, Mark’s first release, was recorded in October and November at a small studio in Tottenham, London.

Mark, whose influences include Damien Rice, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Kings of Leon and Guillemots, wrote the songs and sings and plays piano, guitars and harmonica on the disc.

Over the last two months, the title song has had airtime on radio stations in Edinburgh, Lancashire, Yorkshire and on the internet.

“I’ve done a few live acoustic sessions at various stations too,” he says.

Mark played at Acoustic Bistro at Cafe Venus on Saturday and at North Cliff Golf Club last Friday. He plays twice a month at the Pavilion in Bridlington.

Born in Scarborough, Mark did his first gig when he was 14 in the Newcastle Packet with his dad, Chris.

“He had been in bands and stuff over the years and got me into performing,” Mark recalls.

“I was in the school and church choir as a kid,” he says. “That’s where I first began to sing. I went to Buckinghamshire Uni to study golf at 18 and did a year’s work experience in Florida. I did a few gigs over there and decided I didn’t want to do golf for the rest of my life and that I wanted to be involved in music.

“I came home and started studying audio-engineering at Liverpool SAE and then came home after that and have been a gigging self-employed musician ever since. I’ve played in Ireland, America and England in the last year.”

Mark’s EP can be bought at Record Revivals.