Tales from the Sandcastle Kingdom
Ask the fans of Mark DeRose's music what it is that keeps them coming out to his shows and you will find a common tie that unites them: sincerity. 'There is an honesty to Mark's work that is so easy to connect with. Whether it be his solid and intelligent lyrics or the intensity with which he pours himself into his live shows, the listener can easily relate to the emotions expressed in his songs." As a singer/songwriter and an instrumentalist on piano and guitar, the multi-talented Mark De Rose blends introspective lyrics with heartfelt acoustic rock. Influenced by musical greats like James Taylor, Bruce Hornsby and Dave Matthews, De Rose brings a distinctive sound that has been challenging listeners and entertaining high energy crowds for nearly a decade. Patrick Kirchner of The Fly describes this engaging music as "thoughtful and provocative, laden with metaphors of hope and celebration for life - the stuff that makes feel good music feel so good.' As the singer/songwriter and front man of the original roots rock group, the Ernest Goodlife Band, De Rose spent 2002 through 2006 performing throughout the greater Mid-Atlantic Region. Performing at a range of venues from coffee shops to clubs, private parties to festivals, high schools to colleges, Ernest Goodlife grew a fan base hungry for great music and great times. On the heels of the band's split in September 2006, De Rose carried the building enthusiasm into his solo career. A winter of recording and tweaking 13 new tracks went into 'Tales from the Sand Castle Kingdom,' DeRose anxiously awaits the release of this new album, due out in summer of 2007, though it is already acclaimed as his 'best work yet!' De Rose has performed at many colleges in the Mid-Atlantic area including Bucknell University, University of Delaware, the University of Pennsylvania, Salisbury University and Penn State University.Always feeling right at home on a summer festival stage, he has played the Central PA Arts Fest, Musikfest, Harrisburg Patriot News Arts Fest, Mayfair Music Fest in Allentown and the West Chester Turk's Head Music Fest. Most notably, he has opened for the Sugar Hill Gang, Josh Kelley, The Earthtones, 10 Mile Tide, New Found Glory and John Eddie. Mark is open to new opportunities with the new album, exclaiming, 'I love playing live music! It is my hope to share that experience with as many people as possible.'