Mark Stuart (musician)

Mark Stuart
Mark Stuart in 2016
Mark Stuart in 2016
Background information
Birth nameMark Alan Stuart
Born (1968-04-14) April 14, 1968 (age 52)
Owensboro, Kentucky, U.S.
GenresChristian rock, rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, drums
Years active1986–2007
Associated actsAudio Adrenaline, Know Hope Collective, Hands and Feet Project

Mark Alan Stuart (born April 14, 1968) is a Christian rock musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist for the Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline during their original run from 1986 to 2007.

Audio Adrenaline[]

Mark Stuart met the original guitarist and bassist for Audio Adrenaline, Barry Blair and Will McGinniss, while attending Kentucky Christian College (now known as Kentucky Christian University). Barry Blair was Mark's roommate for three years.[citation needed] They founded the band in 1986 under the name of A-180.[1] However, they temporarily disbanded the next year when Mark went to Haiti for a semester.[citation needed] When he returned to Kentucky, the band reformed and recruited Bob Herdman, who brought them two songs to record. After they did, they changed their name to Audio Adrenaline and signed a deal with Forefront Records.[citation needed] After more than twenty years of success with the band and eight studio albums, Stuart decided to retire in January 2006.[citation needed] The primary reason cited was Stuart's "ongoing vocal challenges" stemming from vocal cord damage caused by a disorder known as spasmodic dysphonia.[2]

After Audio Adrenaline[]

Stuart and Will McGinniss of Audio Adrenaline started a project called Know Hope Collective. The project features a changing group of musicians that sing worship songs and present testimonies.[3][better source needed]

Personal life[]

Stuart married Kerri McKeehan, sister of TobyMac, in 1995.[4] The two later divorced.[5] Mark and his second wife, Aegis, have two adopted children.[6]

Missionary work[]

Stuart has visited Haiti consistently to help with missionary efforts. Stuart and McGinniss started the Hands and Feet Project, a nonprofit charity that funds orphanages in Haiti, in 2003.[2]

On January 12, 2010, Mark, his parents (Drex and Jo), and his wife Aegis were working at the Hands and Feet Project in Jacmel, Haiti when the earthquake struck Port-au-Prince. None at the Project were injured by the quake, and Mark was able to get the word out about the plight of the residents of Jacmel via multiple Skype interviews with media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC and BBC, among others. He assisted with relief efforts in Jacmel until he returned to the U.S. on January 22, when he continued to assist by raising funds through continued coordination of relief efforts and organization of benefit concerts.[7][8][9]

References[]

  1. ^ "Audio Adrenaline | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  2. ^ a b Price, Deborah Evans (March 13, 2013). "Audio Adrenaline Begin New Chapter With Pop-Tinged 'Kings & Queens'". Billboard. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  3. ^ Know Hope Collective on Jesus Freak Hideout; Spinhouse (June 3, 2010)
  4. ^ 100% Adrenaline on CCM Magazine; Selby, Marykay (April 1996)
  5. ^ Stuart, Mark (2019). Losing My Voice to Find It: How a Rockstar Discovered His Greatest Purpose. Thomas Nelson. pp. 185, 187, 200, 209. ISBN 978-1400213290.
  6. ^ Klett, Leah (November 5, 2019). "Audio Adrenaline's Mark Stuart: How losing his voice, marriage helped him discover God-given purpose". The Christian Post. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  7. ^ Christian musician Mark Stuart meets needs in Haiti on ChristianTelegraph
  8. ^ From Haiti: Mark Stuart talks to CNN and other media about earthquake on BeliefNet (January 15, 2010)
  9. ^ Audio Adrenaline Mark Stuart Featured on MSNBC on Jesus Freak Hideout (January 18, 2010)

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