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John Mark Heard (1951-1992) was a record producer, singer, and songwriter originally from Macon, Georgia.

Mark Heard released 13 studio albums in his lifetime (as Mark Heard & Ideola) also 1 album with Infinity Plus Three), and produced and performed with many other artists as well, such as Daniel Amos, Sam Phillips, Pierce Pettis, Phil Keaggy, Vigilantes of Love, Peter Buck of R.E.M., John Austin, The Choir, Randy Stonehill and Michael Been of The Call. Heard produced part… read more

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  • Avatar for Avenroot
    we just can't forget
  • Avatar for Rtaylor32
    Mark Heard lives.
  • Avatar for DrSlump7
    Ugh, it makes me so sick. These people are unknown! Mark Heard especially. What a brilliant songwriter, with an awesome sound through the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Not to mention Larry Norman, Bill Mallonee, Daniel Amos, The Choir, etc.
  • Avatar for Kzer_za
    Most underrated songwriter ever? I wonder if he'll ever get the credit he deserves. Even in Christian circles he is essentially unknown.
  • Avatar for Rtaylor32
    August 16, 1992 It has been 20 years since his death.
  • Avatar for SullyAz
    I met Mark while he was opening for Randy Stonehill in 1982 at a local mega-church. He was available and interesting. He seemed amused that a 20 year old was so interested in his music. He exceeds Dylan in lyrical dexterity and vocal quality...His complexity of thought and artistic precision screens out those looking for a feel-good fix. Heard made his cost of admission a mind willing wrestle with the metaphors, similes and lack of spoon fed Christian imagery.
  • Avatar for OnlyVisitor
    Great singer and songwriter ^^
  • Avatar for elfprince13
    :D more than 1 out of every 80 Mark Heard listens on are mine.
  • Avatar for HeardHerd
    Interesting bit of trivia: Elvis Presley and Mark Heard died on the same day, 16 years apart (Aug. 16, 1977/1992). And of the twain -- dare I say it? -- Heard is the greatest talent. Elvis, hands down, wins for best performance chops versus virtually anyone, including Heard, though I'd guess Mark was his equal in earnestness and effort. Both have strengths and weaknesses as vocalists. But by other musical barometers (songwriting, musicianship), Heard wins in a walk. Here's hoping, someday, the gulf between their reputations will be bridged.
  • Avatar for tomsawyer_1963
    First heard Mark while DJ'ing at college (1982). While looking through the stacks I came upon his first Album, produced by Larry Norman. Larry Norman presents Mark Heard - Appilacian Melody. Excellent stuff. He has been at the top of my play list ever since. The other shoutbox comments reflect my feelings as well.

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