Mark McKee is a Los Angeles based record producer, songwriter, mixer, and touring musician whose roster of artists he has worked with includes Rooney, Delta Rae, Morgxn Leah Turner, Rookie of the Year, Bay Ledges, Katelyn Tarver, and many more.
Balancing life behind the glass as a record producer and performing live as a musican-for-hire has always been the norm since Mark was out of high school in the small town of Raleigh, NC. Beginning with producing local bands, singer songwriters, and various musical projects, Mark explored his studio abilities including engineering, playing multiple instruments, programming, and songwriting. Prior to relocating to LA, Mark owned and operated K House Recording, a multi-room commercial studio in downtown Raleigh, NC and was a staff producer at Underground Sound Recording Studio in Greensboro, NC. These constant sessions were punctuated by live gigs all over the state.
Mark relocated to LA in early 2014 to further explore and build on the musical endeavors he began in his home town. After arriving in LA, he soon began working as a multi-instrumentalist playing keyboards, guitar, and bass, diving head first into the thriving LA local music scene as a sideman/accompanist. Mark continued to bring his skills as a musician on the national stage having toured and performed all over the country with different artists. Being in LA also exposed him to incredible studios, fellow musicians, and creative people that have brought and continue to bring new and amazing oppurtunities.
Mark was recently asked in an interview with All Access Music Group about his thoughts on making music:
“The process of being in the studio with an artist, writing something completely original, and then laying it down is such a special and sacred thing that I really do cherish that this is what I get to do for a living. I’ve always had a romantic or even mystical view of what happens in the studio. My goal is to empower the artist and bring whatever skills I can to the table, whether it’s playing every instrument, or just being a reactive listener and approaching things minimally. I just try to ride the wave of the song and the moment and try to not get wiped out in the process!”
Mark has worked side by side with some of the most sought after record producers and engineers in the industry, including Howard Willing (Smashing Pumpkins, Glen Campbell, OK GO), Jon Kaplan (Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lavato, Ingrid Michaelson),Ted Comerford (Joe Walsh, Jukebox the Ghost), Jeff Juliano (Hunter Hayes, Lifehouse, O.A.R.), Bryan Cook (OneRepublic, Radiohead), Ruben Cohen (Pharrell, Far East Movement), and Joe Baldridge (Jewel, Family Force Five).
Songs Mark has written and/or produced have appeared on television networks The CW, The Hallmark Channel, Lifetime Movie Network, Netflix, and the American Girl Doll film series.
Easily jumping from different genres of popular music, Mark has a focused hand in the projects he is involved in, bringing skill, passion, but more importantly fostering an environment where the artists he works with can shine their brightest.