Mark Harper is a seasoned guitarist, performer and multi-platinum award winner who is introducing yet another side of his creative abilities to the world. Mark has recorded and performed with some of the industries top performers such as: Kirk Whalum, Ronnie Laws, Bebe Winans, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Phyllis Hyman, Tom Braxton, Fingerprints, The Mac Band, George Duke, Jonathan Butler, Michael Lington, Wayman Tisdale, Tower of Power and a host of others.
For seven years Mark was the guitarist for Wayman Tisdale. Mark and Wayman had a very special bond and friendship that was sealed at the very first rehearsal. After rehearsing all of the songs that Wayman had listed for an upcoming show Mark began to play other songs of Wayman’s while band members began to pack-up. Wayman was excited, joined Mark and right there a spark was ignited. They jammed for some time. After playing Wayman’s music, both being fans of old school music they began to play songs from the 70’s & 80’s. By the time they finished an hour and a half had gone by! The spark that was ignited continued in Wayman’s shows and fan’s looked forward to the old school music tribute.
During his time with Wayman, Mark was in the process of writing and co-writing his solo project. Wayman heard some of the material and was astounded by what heard. That inspired Mark and Wayman to record together on Mark’s project. Mark and his keyboardist/co-producer, Tony Blaine, spent four days at Wayman’s ranch completing the material for Mark’s project. One of Wayman’s favorite songs on the project was a song titled “Dedication” written for Mark by a long time friend and great musician, Steve Lewis. Wayman told Mark that “Dedication” was the perfect song for he and Mark to perform a duet and he felt people would love it! Just days prior to Wayman’s passing, the radio mix for the single “Dedication” was complete. Wayman heard this duet with his friend and said, “That’s a winner!” Neither Mark nor Wayman knew that the title of this track, Dedication, would in the end have a deep and personal meaning.