Mark McKinney likes to keep the people guessing. Considered by Texas music fans to be a powerhouse of a writer and entertainer, McKinney’s wide range of musical influences are clearly evident in his highly original songs- ranging from emotion and lyric rich Americana songs; to rowdy country anthems; to delicately crafted love songs. A west Texas native, Mark moved to Austin, Texas in the 90s and has since been quite comfortable living in the live music capitol of the world. In the summer of 2006, Mark released his first solo album, “Get It On” and hit the road touring full time.
Mark snagged his first Number One spot on the Texas Music Chart and TRRR in early 2013 with "She Ain't Leavin'," the debut single off of his latest album, "Standing My Ground." Later that year, the second single from the album, "Stolen Cash," made its way up to Number Three on the charts. In 2014 the single 'Lonely Bones' also reached Number One on both Texas Charts.
In March of 2016, "Sunshine," Mark's first single off his upcoming fifth studio album, also reached the Number One spot on the Texas Chart.
Touring constantly since 2006, Mark has delivered over 160 memorable performances every single year to his growing Texas and national fan base. To his credit, Mark has penned co-writes with Grammy-nominated songwriters John Mabe and James Slater, as well as renowned Texas songwriters Kevin Fowler, Larry Joe Taylor, Bleu Edmondson, Kyle Park and more.
McKinney also gained national recognition by having several songs licensed and used by ESPN and NASCAR. He also had several music videos appear on GAC and CMT. Over the course of his career, McKinney has shared the stage with music legends like Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Charlie Daniels, Ted Nugent, Robert Earl Keen, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Billy Currington, Gary Allan, Ryan Bingham, Randy Rogers, Eli Young Band, Kevin Fowler, Pat Green and more. In the summer of 2008 during a tour in France, McKinney won the French Country Music Award for “Live Performance of the Year” for his concert at the Equiblues Festival in St. Agreve France. He is in great company- previous winners of this award include Brad Paisley, Jamey Johnson, and Dierks Bentley.
With four studio albums, Fifteen Top 10 hits on the Texas Country Charts, an ever-growing fan base, and favorite entertainer of the Texas music scene, Mark McKinney is a force to be reckoned with, and has no plans of slowing down any time soon. Along with touring, Mark is currently writing for his fifth studio album due out summer 2016. Be sure to keep checking for the release date!