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Mark Winters - Signal

Reviewed by Aaron Cloutier & Staff

“Signal” from Texas-based rock singer-songwriter Mark Winters is a bittersweet, blues infused ballad that explores the complexities of human emotion served up in an easy to listen to package.

On “Signal” Winters seamlessly blends the aforementioned blues and rock with more straight ahead pop to create a sound that shifts between somber, swagger, and uplifting. It’s no surprise that Winters sites John Mayer, Tom Petty, and Jason Mraz as his main influences.

Listening back, I noticed immediately how the drums are very dry and upfront in the mix. There's not a lot of reverb on the kit to my ear which gives them a very organic sound and makes for a good frame to house the tight rounded bass lines. The instruments lock in with each other seamlessly throughout to create the perfect rhythm section.

The lines are colored in with lots of clean and dirty guitars. If I’m not mistaken, I’m picking up a single-coil strat tone going on throughout which comes out in full force during the guitar solo in all it’s rich, creamy glory.

The vocal performance immediately conjures to mind the aforementioned influences of Mark and Petty in particular. Winters’ voice is honest and unassuming as he navigates through the shifting moods of his subject matter both lyrically and musically. The music itself shifts from sadder verses in minor keys all the way to a bright shimmering chorus chock full of vocal harmonies and unbridled optimism.

When asked to give commentary on signals, Winters responded with. “I started to consider the other people in my life and whether they were making my mood better or worse, and even what affect I was having on those around me. I made a conscious decision to minimize the negative people and things in my life and focus on being a positive voice to my friends and community. Signal is my musical journey into these feelings, and my anthem to make myself aware of those external influences in my life and make sure I am surrounding myself and others with as many “positive signals” as possible.”

In short, if you’re a fan of blues fried rock with a strong dose of introspection, Mark Winters "Signal" is the direction you should turn in.

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About Mark Signal

Texas-based rock singer-songwriter Mark Winters is many things; a witty poet, passionate musician, entrepreneur, optimist, family man, and a bona fide rocket scientist. He first picked up a guitar to play a song for his wife on their anniversary. That’s when he discovered the joy of connecting with people through music. Mark combines music, poetry, a science background, and love for his community to form his signature sound, “rock with a positive vibe.”

His musical roots are in rock, blues rock, and pop, and John Mayer, Tom Petty, and Jason Mraz are significant influences. “My music starts from a place of poetry and creative inspiration, and I use my ‘rocket-scientist brain’ to find structures that help me explore that initial burst of inspiration and feeling – like writing haikus, my favorite! My grandmother taught me to express myself through poetry and I'm thankful to her for setting me on this creative and expressive path.”

Mark has a degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical Engineering, and his math and science background guides his musical explorations. He likes taking complex things such as emotions and expressing them in a way that's easy to understand. Balancing his right-brained creativity with his analytical left-brain is part of a life-long journey; music is one more place where he can explore this balance.

Since his debut album “Slipstream” in 2019 he’s garnered numerous positive reviews, has been placed on hundreds of playlists, and racked up over a million streams worldwide. He’s poised to continue this success with his sophomore album, “Boundary Layer.” Boundary Layer showcases the intersection of Mark’s scientific mind and his passion for positivity and good works. This album is a tribute to those who have helped Mark break out of life’s “normal” boundaries and pursue the person he was meant to be.

His goal with this new record is to inspire others to break through barriers in their lives and to use emotional connections and energy to move in the direction they were meant to go. Scientifically, a boundary layer is the place on an object in a moving fluid where things can either start moving or stand still.

He and his beloved wife have always had compassion for people in the world and believe it's important to give back to your community. Mark enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs like himself, and donates a lot of his time to philanthropic organizations throughout the Houston area.

Each song on his first album is an emotional story about his life's journey’s. Slipstream is the stream of air behind any moving object, usually in the context of making the effort of moving behind someone easier for everyone, like birds flying in a v-formation flock. This is the feeling Mark experienced while working with the incredible musicians and producers who helped create the album.


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