Mark Ni­col to launch CD

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL. -

AIR­LIE Beach mu­sic icon Mark Ni­col will launch his highly-an­tic­i­pated CD, “The Mark Ni­col Project – Ocean Deep”, this week­end at the Reef Gate­way.

A res­i­dent in the Whit­sun­days for more than 30 years, Mark has en­ter­tained and wowed crowds at count­less shows in duets and bands, but this is his first in­di­vid­ual record­ing.

The al­bum was prompted fol­low­ing Mark’s suc­cess in last year’s Blue on Blue com­pe­ti­tion as part of the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic where he teamed up with fel­low longterm lo­cal mu­si­cian, Tony Fos- sey.

Lo­cal mu­si­cian Kieran McCarthy spoke glow­ingly of the al­bum and said Mark was an in­spi­ra­tion to his own ca­reer.

“Mark was the first mu­si­cian I met in Air­lie Beach 27 years ago... I saw him on stage and I was al­ways im­pressed with his stage pres­ence and vo­cal abil­ity,” he said.

“[I’ve] al­ways been a big fan and it was an hon­our to be asked to be part of the project and there should be a lot of peo­ple in­ter­ested in buy­ing the al­bum not just to ben­e­fit Mark, [but be­cause] it’s an awe­some prod­uct.

“Mark has cho­sen a list of songs that suit him, his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of all the ma­te­rial is spot on. I’ve played it heaps of times my­self now, it’s re­ally his top notch.”

Mully Free­man per­formed with Mark for more than 20 years as “Mark and Mully”.

Mully said he was look­ing for­ward to lis­ten­ing to the CD and de­scribed Mark as “very tal­ented and a great bloke”.

“We trav­elled from the Top End to Mel­bourne as well as New Zealand and had a lot of fun,” he said.

Mark’s CD can be pur­chased for $20 from Good­ness Gra­cious in Can­non­vale and the Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Cen­tre as well as at the launch.

All pro­ceeds from the CD will con­tinue to help Mark who is cur­rently bat­tling can­cer.

LO­CAL MU­SIC: Mark Ni­col record­ing his CD 'The Mark Ni­col Project - Ocean Deep' which will be of­fi­cially re­leased to­mor­row at the Reef Gate­way.

TUNES: Mark Ni­col's CD will be avail­able for pur­chase at the Reef Gate­way on Fri­day.

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