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"Combining music and his thoughtful and stirring poetry (John Mayer meets Tom Petty) Mark infuses his signature sound with lively, soul connecting guitar riffs and memorable lyrics that interpret life, uplift, encourage, and inspire."

Texas-based Indie-rock musician Mark Winters is many things; a soulful songwriter, a witty poet, passionate musician, an entrepreneur, an optimist, a family man and a bonafide rocket scientist!

His biggest influences are John Mayer, Tom Petty, and Jason Mraz. His music starts from a place of poetry and creative inspiration, and uses his “rocket-scientist brain” to find structures that help him explore that initial burst of inspiration and feeling – like writing haikus, which is his favorite! Mark plays as a solo/duo act, and full band shows as Mark Winters and the Jetliners.

Congratulations on your latest Christmas music! What is the biggest tip you followed when creating the sound?

Christmas is an upbeat and reflective time of year for me, and my family and friends wanted to make sure I incorporated that feeling into my first holiday song. Of course there has to be a guitar riff and some other holiday sounds to put you in the mood!

How did the sound evolve from the start to the finish?

I wrote the song on my acoustic guitar, and experimented with a variety of melodies for the chorus. I wanted something that was building throughout and kept a sing-along feel. Next came the instrumentation layers, we tried to incorporate more piano and other holiday sounds (chimes, glockenspiel, even some bird sounds). We settled on the upbeat shuffle vibe to carry the energy, and really love the final mix.

Any tricks up your sleeve when making the music?

Keep playing the song live, recording and compare it with how the produced mix is coming along. Are you staying true to the feeling and energy? It’s easy to overproduce in my opinion, but hey I’m on a journey and would love to learn from others who are further on their journey.

Was there a collection of ideas that you had or did you have a really specific idea on the music?

I am very focused on a specific message for each song I write, and often refer back to my initial song notes to keep me on track. My Christmas is all about fun, family and reflections for the holidays!

How much time do you demand of yourself to focus on music?

I am a very disciplined person, and have dedicated time each week for writing, jamming, freestyle singing and music theory. I record myself often so I can check out my progress.

Do you have any tips or tricks for our audience on how to manage your time when it comes to making sure your music is on track for release?

I have a schedule and use my digital calendar to make sure I’m on track, but…. If the music I’m creating is not coming together, I will delay the schedule until it is vibing right…

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