Mark Bishop has one of the most distinctive voices in all of Gospel Music. He is also regarded as one of the preeminent Gospel songwriters of our generation. His songs have been recorded by several of today’s most popular Gospel Music groups. Once you have heard one of Mark’s thought-provoking songs, you’ll immediately know why Gospel Music lovers consider him one of the genre’s top singer/songwriters.
Mark’s musical roots trace back to idyllic summer evenings in Kentucky, singing on the front porch with his family. It was then that the Bishop family began to form a musical foundation that would usher them to the forefront of Gospel Music. During their career, The Bishops enjoyed enormous success across all outlets, with twenty-seven national Top-40 songs, including twelve Top 5 songs and three Number 1 songs, while singing to full houses in Gospel Music venues and churches across the United States and Canada. The group received numerous awards and accolades from their fans and peers, and appeared on popular national TV programs including Nashville Now, The Grand Ole Opry, Crooke and Chase, The World Today with John Hagee, The Gaither Homecoming TV and Video series and many, many others.
Since embarking on a solo career in 2002, Mark Bishop has not missed a beat. He has been honored with multiple nominations and awards in a broad range of categories from leading Gospel Music publications and organizations. He is one of the select few soloists who have been invited to perform on the Main Stage of Gospel Music’s signature event, the National Quartet Convention. Over the past thirty years, Mark’s songs are staples on Gospel Music radio, accumulating numerous hits on the national airplay charts.
However, Mark would tell you that the greatest successes are not measured by chart-topping songs, awards, sold out concerts, or television appearances. He is most proud of his family and equally grateful for their support of his efforts to share through song, the message of God’s love, mercy, and grace. Mark and his wife Carolyn have been married for over thirty years and have raised two wonderful daughters. They faithfully attend a small, country church where Mark’s dad is the pastor.
Mark records exclusively for Sonlite Records, a division of Crossroads Music in Asheville, NC. To schedule Mark Bishop for your church, concert or event, contact the Harper Agency at 615-851-4500.
- His song You Can’t Ask Too Much of My God, was a #1 song across the nation, and was named Song of the Year by the Southern Gospel Songwriter’s Association.
- In 2000, Mark won a Gospel Music Association DOVE Award as producer for Bluegrass Gospel Album of The Year, Kentucky Bluegrass by The Bishops.
- Mark was voted “Soloist of the Year” at the 2005 Singing News Fan Awards.
- Thirty of Mark’s compositions have landed in the Singing News magazine’s Top 40 Radio Airplay Chart, including twenty-six Top 20 songs and three #1 songs.
- Mark loves to hunt and fish and was a guest on the Show Me Outdoors Adventures TV Show.
- Mark’s idea of the perfect vacation? Walt Disney World with his family, at a different resort every year. He loves to eat at The Yak and Yeti!
- Mark has fun serving as the public address announcer for Estill County High School Girls Softball, where both of his daughters have played fast-pitch softball.
- Mark was recently recruited to serve on the board of directors of the Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital Foundation, working alongside former Bishops’ bassist, Steve Perkins. The foundation raises money to support the mission of their local, small, rural hospital to “extend the healing ministry of Jesus, with emphasis on the poor and underserved.”
- For nearly fifteen years, Mark has been a featured columnist for Singing News magazine. Mark hardly ever writes about music. Instead, he shares his observations and thoughts about the Christian life in America, today. Think Paul Harvey meets Ernest Hemingway!
- When time allows, Mark enjoys catching an episode of his all-time favorite TV show, The Andy Griffith Show; throwing down some wings at Buffalo Wild Wings; and listening to the Cincinnati Reds on radio.