Ask the fans of Mark DeRose's music what it is that keeps them coming
out to his shows and you will find a common tie that unites them:
sincerity. "There is an honesty to Mark's work that is so easy to
connect with. Whether it be his solid and intelligent lyrics or the
intensity with which he pours himself into his live shows, the
listener can easily relate to the emotions expressed in his songs."
As a singer/songwriter and an instrumentalist on piano and guitar, the
multi-talented Mark DeRose blends introspective lyrics with heartfelt
acoustic rock. Influenced by musical greats like James Taylor, Bruce
Hornsby and Dave Matthews, DeRose brings a distinctive sound that has
been challenging listeners and entertaining high energy crowds for
nearly a decade.
Patrick Kirchner of The Fly describes this engaging music as
"thoughtful and provocative, laden with metaphors of hope and
celebration for life – the stuff that makes feel good music feel so
As the singer/songwriter and front man of the original roots rock
group, the Ernest Goodlife Band, DeRose spent '02 through '06
performing throughout the greater Mid-Atlantic Region. Performing at
a range of venues from coffee shops to clubs, private parties to
festivals, high schools to colleges, Ernest Goodlife grew a fan base
hungry for great music and great times.
On the heels of the band's split in September '06, DeRose carried the
building enthusiasm into his solo career. After a long winter and
spring of recording and tweaking 13 new tracks, "Tales from the
Sandcastle Kingdom" was finally released in August of '07. DeRose
celebrated his brand new solo album with a CD Release Party that
attracted 276 attendees and sold more than 100 CDs.
In just a short time working as a solo act in the college music
market, DeRose has booked an impressive amount of shows with hopes of
adding more to the '08 calendar. Other recent achievements include
his original song "Satisfied," selected to appear on two separate
compilation CDs: "Millennium Music Conference 12 Compilation CD", and
Quickstar Productions "Chill Out". Most recently, eight of DeRose's
songs have been cleared for use on television's oldest daytime soap
opera, "Guiding Light".
DeRose has already performed at many colleges in the Mid-Atlantic area
including Bucknell University, University of Delaware, the University
of Pennsylvania, Salisbury University and Penn State University.
Always feeling right at home on a summer festival stage, he has played
the Central PA Arts Fest, Musikfest, Harrisburg Patriot News Arts
Fest, Mayfair Music Fest in Allentown and the West Chester Turk's Head
Most notably, he has opened for the Sugar Hill Gang, Josh Kelley, The
Earthtones, 10 Mile Tide, New Found Glory and John Eddie…..and just
this past June, The Mark DeRose Band had the great pleasure of opening
for Blues Traveler. The highlight of that evening for the members of
the Mark DeRose Band came when Blues Traveler frontman John Popper
announced to the audience, "Did you guys catch the opener, The Mark
DeRose Band? They were F*%#ing awesome!". A memorable quote on a very