Some people are blessed with natural-born talent, and some people have to cultivate it through years of hard work. For Mark St. Rose, it is a combination of both. He was born with the voice of a modern-day Prince, and his hard work led him to his many achievements.
Mark St. Rose started his love affair with music at a young age. He grew up in the small city of Albany, Georgia, and there, he spent many years learning music and cultivating his musical style. As a young boy, he started singing in his church choir. And when he went to Westover high school, he was in the marching band and chorus.
While in high school, St. Rose gained a passion for writing poetry, and his poems later became the lyrics to his songs. He also trained himself to play the piano, guitar, drums, bass, and many other instruments. And that’s how St. Rose is able to write, sing, and produce all of his own music. It also helps that he plays all the guitar solos in his songs as well, which is a dying art that he hopes to revive in mainstream music. He attributes his musical styling to such big names as Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Lenny Kravitz, D’Angelo, and the late great Prince.
Primarily, Mark St. Rose is an R&B artist, but because of his talent and his ability to display a wide range of vocal talent, he’s also able to branch out into any genre he so prefers. Even though he is an R&B artist, St. Rose cites influences from many different genres like pop, rock, neo-soul, house, and jazz.
Mark St. Rose’s audience is mainly composed of women and those in the LGBT community. And there’s a great reason for that. St. Rose really writes his songs to give men lessons on how to treat women. But that’s not all. He also writes so that women can understand that men can emote and share how they truly feel rather than keep everything locked up inside.
Mark’s debut project entitled Doves Vol. 1 was released last year. Doves Vol. 1 is an LP (a long-playing record) with 12 songs. It showcases his ability to put together great music.
Right now, he has a new single out called “No Rush.” In the song, St. Rose croons smoothly about taking things slow with a lover, or doing whatever the lover wants to do. “No Rush” channels a heavy late ’90s R&B aesthetic. He plans to capture further this type of sound for his EP (extended play), Mango, which is set to be released later this year.
Mark St. Rose has a voice reminiscent of one of the most legendary singers of all time, Prince. He has also learned many lessons on music from studying acts that predate his time. He studied acts like Usher, Lenny Kravits, Michael Jackson, Prince, Babyface, and many others. And these acts have influenced and informed his art in the best of ways.