Over time, Mark developed into one of the most promising and prolific songwriters in southern gospel music. He has written ten, Top 10 songs including: “Reach The World;” “ When Jesus Is All That I Have;” “For Every Cross, There is a Crown;” “Great Things;” “ When You Change Your Mind,” and “You Can’t Ask Too Much of My God,” which was named the “Song of the Year” by the Southern Gospel Music Songwriters Association in 1997. In addition to The Bishops, Mark’s songs have been recorded by The Kingsmen, Brian Free & Assurance, Amy Lambert, Allison Durham Speer, and many others. Church choirs across America have performed his songs. Mark’s compositions have been performed on TV on programs such as In Touch with Charles Stanley, The Word Today with John Hagee, The Grand Ole Opr, The Bill Gaither Homecoming series, and others.
In addition to his singing and songwriting abilities, Mark has also been recognized as a skillful producer. His creative touch is evident on The Bishops’ recordings. In 2000, the GMA (Gospel Music Association) honored Mark with a Dove Award for producing Kentucky Bluegrass by The Bishops which was named the “Best Bluegrass Gospel Album of the Year” by the GMA.
After the retirement of The Bishops in 2001, Mark was encouraged by his friends and family to continue to use the gifts and talents God had given him. After much prayerful thought and counsel, Mark began a new chapter in his life and launched a solo career. “I know that God has a plan for my life that includes music. My passion for writing and performing Gospel music is still very much alive and vibrant. I love this music; I love these people, and as long as God allows, I’m pressing on.”