Mark Anthony is originally from the NE and got his start in Folk/Rock groups while attending the University of Connecticut, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology & Music. Upon graduation, Mark toured New England for 5 years with the Acoustic Band “On The Road Again”, culminating in a six week Tour in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He returned home to play in several Rock Bands until he discovered
the new Country styles of the 80’s forming the Country/Rock Band, “Caribou” – the only CT Band to win the State Finals in the Dodge/True Value Hardware Country Showdown. Mark moved to Nashville in 1987,
and started appearing in the Songwriter circuit around town and eventually performed on local TV where he was chosen to represent Nashville in the Discovery Television’s National Talent Search. Out of 100 Contestants Nationwide, he was selected as First Runner Up representing Nashville and attracting the ear of BMI’s Jody Williams. Mark soon met John Bellar, aka ‘Johnny B’, a champion Bluegrass Dobroist. The two hit it off musically, and became an acoustic Duo. In 2016, after a 20 year hiatus, they decided to reunite and began to form the original group, The Mark Anthony Ensemble. In 2021, Mark made a major change of instrumentation of the Band by eliminating the Dobro, signed with Iron Gate Records in Nashville as a Recording Artist and is currently performing Live Shows with his 4-piece Americana/Country Band. Mark is a BMI Affiliate Singer/Songwriter and continues to write & record his Original songs gaining notoriety as an Artist in the Greater Nashville area.