his new label home, FairTrade Services, Platinum-selling artist Mark
a Sept. 4 release of his first studio project in three years, All
Produced by Pete Kipley (MercyMe, Phil Wickham)
and Seth Mosley (Newsboys), the album is available from Provident
and your wife, Kate, spent some time in Italy preparing music for All
Kate is an Italian citizen, but had
never met any of her relatives in Sicily or Italy, so we thought that
it would be a great opportunity to do that, as well as get to spend
some time together as a couple—she had just finished medical
residency, and we hadn't seen much of each other. We joked that we
have been married for seven years and are still newlyweds. Taking
time off from touring let us both experience life together as well as
get filled up creatively.
is your wife Kate’s role in your music ministry?
She is an unbelievable resource for
songwriting. She knows words and has such a gift with crafting
lyrics. She is a great sounding board, and I have learned that
trusting her instincts is invaluable. She is a gifted writer, both
with song lyrics and books.
does this project pull from any of your real-life experiences (as you
One of the songs on this record called
“Haven't Met You Yet” is about our first child, Ryan. I wanted to
let him know how excited his mom and dad were that he was coming into
the world. Someday he will look back and see how special that time
was for us, maybe even when he is getting ready for his own child. It
will be nice to have that memory on a record he can share with his
us about the first single from this album. Why was it chosen as the
I think it sums up my vision for not
just this record, but for my life. I want to stretch myself and my
faith, to do things that I know on my own are not possible, but with
God they are. I want to dream big dreams, pray big prayers and expect
God to come through. I want Him to use my life to have an impact for
are the some of the other significant songs and why?
“One Day” is a song that was
inspired by a young boy in my concert. I was singing the song “I
Am,” and I looked out in the audience and saw him in a wheelchair
with his eyes closed, arms raised and tears running down his cheek
with a smile on his face. I got choked up thinking that one day he
would meet God and get to step out of his wheelchair and never have
to use it again. I loved his faith, and that moment really moved me.
production and recording go on the new album?
Great! I worked with a young guy named
Seth Mosley who really brought a sense of freshness to the songs. I
had more fun recording this album than any I can think of in the
past. He was full of energy, and everything went so quickly. Also, he
plays almost every instrument, so we had an idea what the finished
product would sound like after an hour or so of writing a song. It
enjoyed a great career and ministry. To what you do you attribute
Being surrounded by godly people who
God has blessed with incredible gifts. I am just a small part; I am
surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses who spur me on to greater
things every day.
an unrelated subject, I see you visited the set of The Hobbit. What
was that like?
Really neat! We had a show in New
Zealand and took some time to see the set. My guitarist, Brian, is a
huge fan and so I had almost as much fun seeing him take it all in as
I did in seeing it myself. He was like a kid in a candy store!