Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Mark Baile. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Mark, thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. Do you wish you had waited to pursue your creative career or do you wish you had started sooner?
I started song writing in 1987, my first song written was titled “Something Inside.” I played it for a few people but didn’t play it with confidence. I received good feedback but at that time, looking back, I was trying to be something I wasn’t. I had ambitions to be a professional drummer however, I have always had a passion for writing and singing. Throughout my time playing drums, I wanted to venture out into the scene as the “front man,” but I allowed others to make me feel as though I was not good enough.
Starting sooner I would have had a chance to pursue and develop my craft earlier in life. Truth be known, I probably wouldn’t have met my wife had I did. I would have moved to Nashville or Texas to pursue my career.
I’m just thankful that I found the confidence to start. As they say, better late than never!
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your back background and context?
I have always had a passion for music and started playing when I was 5 years old. This passion is deeply rooted in both sides of my family. At the age of 9, I received my first drum set as a gift from my dad. That was the beginning of my career as a drummer. Recently, I made the decision, with the support of friends and family, to step out of my comfort zone from behind the drums and start performing as a singer/songwriter.
Over the years, I have learned that there is a difference between a performer and an entertainer. I pride myself on being an entertainer by connecting with my audience and encouraging crowd participation. I can’t do what I do without the support of my “fans”…or as I like to call them, “family,” better known as the “Big Country Mafia.”
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative in your experience?
The most rewarding aspect of being a songwriter is that my fans can relate to my music because I write about real life experiences. I pride myself on being genuine and authentic and put a piece of myself into each lyric.
One of my favorite acknowledgements came from a song I wrote, “Everything is Fine,” for a friend who lost her mom to cancer. After releasing this song, I received positive feedback from others that had also lost loved ones and found comfort in the lyrics. Being relatable and receiving these comments encourages me to continue writing songs from the heart.
What’s a lesson you had to unlearn and what’s the backstory?
I used to think music was strictly a cutthroat business, however, after venturing out on my own, I have found that supporting other artists in achieving their goals helps me achieve mine.