Artist: Mark Lettieri

Album: Spark And Echo

Release Date: 2016-05-20

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about the album

Though Mark Lettieris third solo album may be a collection of independent vignettes, as a unit they cohere more than ever. United more by feel than concept, they provide ten snapshots of how far their composer has come as an artist. "I wanted to make a statement, and in that respect it's almost my first record," says Lettieri of the sessions. "I'm happy with everything I've done prior, but I think I'm finally getting it all together." Listening to the tightness of his band, members of which he drew from the Dallas-Fort Worth funk belt of which he has become an important fixture, it's easy to agree. The core trio consists of Lettieri, bassist Wes Stephenson, and drummer Jason Thomas. To this nexus he invites guest satellites Shaun Martin (Rhodes, synths, piano), Milo Deering (pedal steel guitar and fiddle), and Bobby Sparks (synths).

about the artist

Guitarist, composer and producer Mark Lettieri is proficient in a multitude of styles. Mark records and performs in many genres of popular music with both independent and major-label artists. He also composes and produces original instrumental music under his own name.

Working in the DFW Metroplex's gospel and R&B scene led Lettieri to join two time Grammy winning jazz band Snarky Puppy in 2008. Lettieri has also performed on the road with neo-soul icon Erykah Badu, gospel singer Tamela Mann, and American Idol: Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. He's also performed with a myriad of other artists, including Anthony Evans, Chrisette Michele, Myron Butler, N'Dambi, Bilal, and even Pat Boone.

As a session guitarist, Mark has recorded with 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Adam Levine, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Eric Roberson, LeCrae, Lupe Fiasco, Keyshia Cole, Xzibit, as well as numerous radio and television jingles. Lettieri os also a member of Team SKP, a production collective led by Grammy Award-winning producer Symbolyc One (Kanye West, Beyonce).

As a composer and bandleader, Lettieri has released two albums, KNOWS in 2011, and FUTUREFUN in 2013. Both records have a strong buzz among fans of instrumental guitar music worldwide. And now, Mark is ready to release his third studio album, SPARK & ECHO, on May 20, 2016.