Pushing the boundaries of Americana roots music, Mark Croft’s booming baritone vocals, infectious melodies, and undeniable skill on his six-string make him a classic triple-threat that leaves audiences transfixed. Along with his band, Croft draws from a variety of styles and blends them into his own roots, pop and Americana-based approach to songwriting, infusing soulful performances with driving bluesy rhythms and emotionally complex lyrics. Croft began plucking out melodies on his parents’ piano at age six and has since never stopped making music. Since becoming a full-time musician in 2005, Croft has been serving up dynamic, high-energy shows to audiences across the nation, performing a combination of covers of crowd-favorite classics and original compositions.
Croft has claimed first place in the inaugural American Idol Underground Rock Contest (2004), the the Midwest Song Contest (2005) and was designated “Favorite Singer/Songwriter” by Isthmus Magazine’s“Reader’s Poll.” He also garnered Top-5 finishes in the Great Lakes Song Contest in 2011 and the Great American Songwriting Contest in 2012. A 12-time Madison Area Music Award winner, he was again honored in the spring of 2010 with five awards for his EP The Possibility of Disaster (Slothtrop Records, 2009), taking home “Pop Album,” “Pop Song” and “Pop Artist” of the Year, as well as “Best Male Vocalist” and “Best Music Video.” Over the last decade, Croft has shared the stage with acts such as Kelly Joe Phelps, Glee star Noah Guthrie, and Broadway and Frozen star, Idina Menzel. His 2010 cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Washing of the Water” garnered earned praise from Gabriel himself.