â€œUnlike many â€˜relaxationâ€™ albums, this is not bland easy listening- it has far more depth and feeling. I can recommend it to anyone who wants something calming, yet not insipid.â€ - S.B., U.K.
"Thanks for sharing a part of yourself through your music." â€“ K., U.S.A.
"Put this on and nothing matters any more..." - P.H., U.K.
(Thank you all for your kind words and your permission to quote them here.)
In natural light- a clear expression of Mark Powellâ€™s varied and unique styles. His soulful interpretation of tunes such as the beautiful â€œMcCrimmondâ€™sâ€ lament blend with his own compositions like the jazzy â€œComing and Goingâ€ (featuring the superb violin of Tim Perkins), the dramatic â€œAlluviumâ€, with its powerful orchestra and choir, and the stirring title track.
Music has the power to change our mood, refresh, uplift and relax. Crossing the boundaries between classical and world music, Mark's albums offer much more than just â€œrelaxationâ€ or downbeat â€œchill outâ€ sounds. Some tracks have a romantic feel to them, some are sparkling and animated and some are more mellow. Play them in the car, at home, during your dinner party, or download the MP3s and listen to them on the bus or train.
If you like the music of artists such as Enya, Carl Jenkins (Adiemus) or Ludovico Einaudi (Echoes), you will almost certainly enjoy Mark's CDs.
His hallmarks are strong, emotive original themes, at times incorporating traditional tunes and instruments, and virtuoso musicianship from players like violinists Ric Sanders and Alan Noble, classical guitarist Gerard Vaughan and the superb voice of Alquimia. His CDs have already sold in large numbers worldwide, and tracks have been included in many compilations released by Sony, EMI, BMG Ariola (Europe) and Ewise (Asia). Markâ€™s previous work has encompassed theatre and television, on which his themes can currently be heard on programmes like the UK breakfast show GMTV, Oprah Winfrey and the Steve Harvey show in the U.S.A.
Mark's first professional band were the U.K. folk-rockers Blackthorn. From them he moved on to work with the Steve Ashley Band alongside members of Fairport Convention, and toured with Fairport/Jethro Tull bassist Dave Pegg and his 'Cocktail Cowboys'. He also engineered some of the Fairports' studio and live recordings, as well as projects by other folkies like Blowzabella, Bert Jansch, Danny Thompson, and the Albion Band. During the '90s he became involved with theatre work, and whilst working as musical director for the impressario Scott Young and the touring theatre group, Fieldwork, he also toured and gigged with award-winning country-rock band Ida Red. Only the pressure of keeping up with writing commissions, mainly library music for broadcast use, caused him to stop regular live performance.
In 2000 he started working with singer Alquimia. Together they have recorded more library music, her "Angaelic Voices" album and, most recently, "Forever", a collection of traditional songs mixed with some of Mark's originals. This is also available here on CD Baby; just enter "Alquimia" into the search box at the top right of this page.
Check out the artist's website:
1. McCrimmond's Lament
2. Dance to your Daddy
3. Castle Carbonek
5. The Eighth Day
6. Invisible Force
7. March Sunday
8. The Piper's Crown
10. Coming and Going
11. Annie Laurie
12. Natural Light