Mark Erelli is the featured singer-songwriter at the Performing Arts Studio Winter Wind Concert on December 3. Music begins at 7:00 PM in Norman’s historic Santa Fe Train Depot, 200 South Jones Ave.  Admission is $10. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

Blues, western swing, folk and country, lullabies or ballads, playing harmonica or lead guitar -- Mark Erelli does it all.  He has played onstage as part of Lori McKenna’s band with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and was nominated as “Best Male Vocalist” this year for the Boston Globe Music Awards.  Grammy winner Dave Alvin has said “If I had a voice like Mark Erelli, I could go places.”

Born in 1975, Erelli won national recognition in 1999 with his self titled CD, together with winning the Kerrville New Folk Contest that year.  More recent albums reflect musical explorations which have taken him through roots music with The Memorial Hall Recordings in 2002 and western swing stylings in Hillbilly Pilgrim, 2004.  

With a rapidly increasing audience nationwide, Mark Erelli is looking like an honest and powerful new voice in American music. With an impressive gift for songwriting and a versatility that allows him to move with ease from folk to rock to country, Erelli has established himself as one of the premiere young songwriters making music today.  Ellis Paul, who rarely does covers, included Erelli’s 9-11 song “The Only Way” on his new retrospective CD, “Essentials.   

With Hope and Other Casualties, released in March of this year, Erelli raises the bar with a collection of folk and Americana songs which mix meditations on war and poverty with poignant ballads about our debt to future generations.  “Writing and singing from the most personal of perspectives, Erelli's tunes encompass many facets of the human condition.  The songs range from taking stock of how we contribute to make the world a better place, to how gentrification touches the places we live in.” says William Karnoscak.”  “We are all grappling with these issues, and this is my personal struggle to keep my head up in times like these.” Erelli says. 

Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate is Corporate Sponsor.  Skye Diers of Gingerbread Nursery School and Mark and Teresa Marsee are Financial Friends.  In-kind services are provided by the Montford Inn and Winans Coffee.

For Winter Wind information, contact The Performing Arts Studio at 405-307-9320, or for additional information on Mark Erelli, visit www.markerelli.com