Mark, as one of three A-Game Sportsplex founding members, is a long time resident of Williamson County.
Mark is a successful music publisher and songwriter and has served as President of the Nashville Songwriters Association and Chairman of the Nashville Songwriters Foundation.After working in the music industry for 21 years, Mark has started several businesses and acquired invaluable experience coaching and playing basketball.Mark is currently a non-faculty basketball coach at Ravenwood High School, has coached in the WCS system for many years and also served as president of the Nolensville Recreational program.He currently coaches girls' AAU basketball for Team Pride, the nation's most accomplished AAU program.
Mark played college basketball and was named All-State in his native state of Arkansas, receiving his BBA in Marketing from the University of Central Arkansas.
The Morthland College Foundation is sponsoring the event, which features Wynn Varble and Mark Alan Springer.
The two have made a career in country music.
Some of the most recognized artists in Nashville today have recorded their songs.
Springer, the president of Nashville Songwriter's Association International, has also seen a number of hits.
Mark Alan Springer and Wynn Varble will be bringing this event to the Benton Civic Center, March 21st, 2015.
Mark Alan Springer & Wynn Varble are two hit singer/songwriters who have been performing together for 20 years - singing the songs they have written, and telling the stories that only they can tell about the songs and the artists who sing them.
Mark Alan Springer is a former President of the Nashville Songwriter Association International.
Sandy Lee Watkins Songwriters Festival – Mark Alan Springer – Bio
Sandy Lee Watkins Songwriters Festival \ Mark Alan Springer - Bio
Mark Alan Springer
It comes as no big surprise to country music listeners that the writer of Where Corn Don't Grow, Two Sparrows in a Hurricane, and It Works comes from a small Arkansas farm community.
Although all of Springer's songs aren't talking about the farm, most are taken from real life situations.
As a youngster, Springer helped out on the family farm.
He says he loved growing up on the farm but always wondered what else was out there.
Years later Mark enjoyed the success of "Where Corn Don't Grow" a top five hit by Travis Tritt, which deals with that very subject.
Springer later scored with the number one hit One Boy, One Girl recorded by Collin Raye.
Then Mark caught the ear of Kenny Chesney , who has recorded five of his tunes including the #1 hit When I Close My Eyes.
"Kenny and I phrase a lot alike and he seems to get what I'm trying to say in a song, " says Springer.
In 1997, Springer landed the number five spot on Music Row Magazine's list of the year's top songwriters with the hits When I Close My Eyes, Where Corn Don't Grow and Thank God For Believers #1, #3, and #1.
In 1998, Mark landed his 5th number one song with Kenny Chesney's version of "That's Why I'm Here".
Springer gives credit to his publishers through the years for teaching him the basics without taking away the emotion.
Springer started his music venture with MCA's Tony Brown in 1984 and later signed with Harold Shedd at the Music Mill.
Springer later signed a co-venture with EMI Music Publishing with Gary Overton at the helm.
" I have been fortunate to find the right publisher at the right time during my career," says Springer who sold his publishing venture with EMI Music Publishing, which included Shaye Smith a fellow Arkansan as a staff writer.
In 1998 Mark formed MAS Venture Music with friends Gerry and Della Rollins.
Mark is currently president of Masville Music, a company formed with Springer's college basketball teammate, Blane Johnson along with a small group of Arkansas friends.
" I don't write as many songs as most writers, so when I do write, I try to write something I feel strongly about" says Springer.
" I have three daughters (Colyn-15, Haven-19, Alli -22), a 17 month old son, a17 year old step son, a15year old step daughter, a dog, a small farm, and I coach girls basketball.
That's a lot of songwriting material."
As President of the Nashville Songwriter's Association International, Springer led a group of songwriters to Washington D.C. to meet with several Congress and Senate members on behalf of songwriter rights.Springer served NSAI (nations largest songwriter organization) as president for two years.As Nashville Songwriter's Foundation Board Chairman, Springer signed the original agreement with Belmont University to establish a partnership that would eventually create a songwriting degree for the college as well as a songwriters hall of fame.
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