Mark is a Grammy award winning songwriter and producer who has worked with artists such as Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Harry Nilsson, Cher, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper and Celine Dion. Mark first came on the scene in a rock band with his brothers, Bill and Brett–the Hudson Brothers. Their band, deeply influenced by the Beatles, had two top-20 hits, “So You Are A Star” and “Rendezvous” produced by Bernie Taupin for Elton John’s Rocket Records.
In 1974, the Hudson Brothers became Sonny and Cher’s summer replacement on television, which eventually evolved into the Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show. It was one of the first live-action variety shows in the 70s mixing music and comedy. The brothers became friends with John Lennon during his Lost Weekend period through Elton John, and their Beatle influence continued.
The Brothers enjoyed much success with 7 albums and concert tours worldwide. Mark then went on to learn music production from the legendary Phil Ramone, and began producing writing songs for a variety of top artists. In 1992, Phil felt Mark was ready to fly solo while working on Ringo Starr’s “Time Takes Time” album. Mark went on to produce 8 albums with Ringo including “Ringorama”, “Vertical Man” and “Choose Love”, to name a few, and was often joined by George Harrison and Paul McCartney as guest stars on Ringo’s albums. Then, in 1993, Mark wrote the Grammy winning song, “Livin’ on the Edge” for Aerosmith, which went to number one worldwide.
In 2005, Mark was a cast member on the Simon Cowell smash hit, “The X Factor”, which also starred Sharon Osbourne and Louie Walsh. Mark was the vocal coach known as “Weird Beard” and Sharon’s partner for 3 years on the hit series. During that time, Mark wrote and produced, “It’s Chico Time”, which went to number one in England. He also produced Ozzy Osbourne’s first number one single titled, “Changes” with Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne. In 2010, Mark was one of the stars of the hit tv series, “Rock N’ Roll Fantasy Camp”, a Mark Burnett production on VH1classic in the U.S.
In 2011, Mark produced Pete Seeger, Jeff Beck, Seal and Billy Bragg tracks for the critically acclaimed Bob Dylan Tribute Album for Amnesty International. In 2012, Mark released his much anticipated solo album, “The Artist”, which is a psychedelic autobiography, with guest stars such as Ringo Starr, Steven Tyler, Harry Nilsson and Joe Perry.
Mark is currently working on his next solo CD called, “The Hooligan”, and believe me, the name fits.