Australian Troubadour Mark Wilkinson Releases Uplifting New Song + Video “Grafton St”
September 9, 2022 BY George Chammas
Today, Australian songwriter and troubadour Mark Wilkinson is proud to announce his forthcoming EP, Mariposa, with the release of the uplifting single + video “Grafton St.” Driving drums set the pace for the soulful anthem as Mark’s crystal clear vocals soar over the euphoric chorus. Listen to “Grafton St” on all digital retailers (here).
Mark Wilkinson explains the meaning behind the song:
“Grafton Street is about growing up, falling in love, and coming to terms with change. It’s a love story about two kids on the brink of adulthood and the questions around whether their love for each other will stand the test of time. I wanted this track to reflect feelings of nostalgia, young love and what could have been.”
Mark also commented on the making of the music video:
“We had a lot of fun filming a video clip for this track in and around The Rocks in Sydney. As some of you might know, I busked in that area for a number of years and it’s a place that holds a lot of fond memories for me. Busking there has led to so many amazing connections with fans across the world and this video is a bit of a nod to all that history. You might recognise some of the spots we captured in the clip if you’ve spent some time wandering around down there!”
“Grafton St” accompanies “Earthquake” and “Belong,” which will appear on the forthcoming EP, Mariposa, due out on December 9th via Nettwerk.
Mark Wilkinson will appear at AMERICANAFEST next week in Nashville at Nettwerk’s Official Showcase sponsored by the Bluegrass Situation and Taylor Guitars alongside label mates Bre Kennedy, Old Sea Brigade, The Ballroom Thieves, Brooke Annibale, and LULANNAS. Then Mark will continue on to additional North American dates in New York City, Los Angeles, and more. Find tickets and information at https://www.markwilkinsonmusic.com/.
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ABOUT MARK WILKINSON:
Intimacy reinforces connection. Akin to trapping a butterfly, Mark Wilkinson bottles the most intimate moments of his life within the quiet space between delicate piano, soft strings, gentle guitar, and eloquent lyricism. In his songs, the Sydney-based singer and songwriter allows listeners to get as close as possible to him— almost as if he’s speaking directly to them through his dynamic delivery and soulful timbre. He shares relatable stories of change, life, and love. After tallying tens of millions of streams and building an international fan base, he gets closer than ever on his 2022 debut EP for Nettwerk Music Group, Mariposa.
“I’m just a normal guy who has a passion for songwriting,” he smiles. “I love the way it brings out a huge amount of emotion and can unite people. It taps into something that’s normally hard to reach. Like everybody else, I’m simply a regular person who connects through music.”
Playing piano and cello as a kid, Mark picked up a guitar in college and never put it down. He busked on three different continents and unveiled music of his own at a prolific pace. Following his 2011 full-length debut Truth Came Running, he gained international momentum with independent LPs such as Let The River Run , Hand Picked, Vol. 2 , Wasted Hours , and Blue Eyed Girls  to name a few. Christened SiriusXM’s “Discovery of the Year” upon his U.S. introduction in 2013, he has also impressively moved over 80,000 units and counting in addition to scaling the Australian Independent Charts at #1. Meanwhile, he lit up streaming platforms with the likes of “I’m On Fire” [Conki Remix], generating north of 23.5 million Spotify streams. Of his gigs, Huffington Post noted, “The buzz around Wilkinson’s live performances has been growing (he continues to sell out shows across Australia and throughout Europe, all without formal marketing support or promotional campaigns).”
Over the past few years, he assembled what would become Mariposa with producer Peter Holz [Gang of Youths, Peking Duk, Vance Joy] behind the board and mixing courtesy of Logan Matheny [Sam Hunt, Judah & The Lion]. He filtered a series of major life changes and big questions into the songwriting. In the end, Mark connects like never before with Mariposa.
“When you listen to these tracks, I’d love it if the EP taps into something meaningful in your life,” he leaves off. “I’m showing everyone what I go through, and I’d love it if the music connects and affects you positively.”
Find out ticketing information and venue details at: https://www.markwilkinsonmusic.com/.