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Sandy Lee Watkins Songwriters Festival – Mark Alan Springer – Bio
Mark Alan Springer
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.
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.
later scored with the number one hit One Boy, One Girl recorded by Collin Raye.
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".
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.
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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Mark Springer will serve as the Director of Tennessee A-Game Girls Basketball Club
February 01, 2011 newsadmin
Mark Springer will serve as the Director of Tennessee A-Game Girls Basketball Club.
Springer, a long time Middle Tennessee area basketball coach and one of A-Game's original founders, returns to A-Game to establish an AAU based girls basketball program for girls from 3rd grade to high school juniors.
Coach Springer has been involved with several AAU programs and has coached his teams to gain national attention among the country's top AAU programs.
Springer is also the current girls middle school coach at Woodland Middle School in Williamson County.
In high school, Springer
was an Allstate
and MVP guard in his
home state of Arkansas.
In college, he
was named to the Arkansas JUCO All Conference Team and his
Florida College basketball team won the NLCAA National Championship.
Springer earned a BBA degree at the University of Central Arkansas before moving to Nashville to begin a career in the music business as a songwriter.
2011 Tennessee A-Game Girl's AAU Club - A-Game Sportsplex
Mark Springer, Tennessee A-Game Director - email@example.com
A-Game Sportsplex in Cool Springs has named Mark Springer as Director of the Tennessee A-Game girls travel basketball club.
Springer plans to establish a premier AAU girls program for players in 2nd grade through high school juniors.
Mark Elliott, Director of Basketball Operations at A-Game says of Springer, "Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience associated with girls basketball from the local level all the way up to the national level."
Springer, the current coach of the Woodland Middle School girls team was an accomplished high school and college player.
is a recognized name in girls basketball and has led his
teams to national attention among the top AAU programs.
Springer plans to hire strong, fundamental coaches who understand the importance of working hand in hand with middle school and high school programs.
"Great coaches inspire kids to want to work hard as they develop a love for the game that can last a life time," Springer
continues,"The caliber of our coaches will be one of the most important factors in Tennessee A-Game
becoming the club that we have envisioned".
A Game Staff
Mark Springer- Founder
, 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.
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.