Mark Telesca is an American songwriter, singer, guitarist, bassist, band leader and author.
He has started off the New Year of 2020 with a new solo acoustic CD titled “ Higher Vibrations” along with a new book titled “Love Music-Hate Cancer”
“Higher Vibrations” is a collection of 16 songs. Nine original songs composed by Mark. The remaining seven songs are a mix of Pre-WWII blues and spirituals. His finger style guitar playing and storytelling lyrics combined with his powerful vocal seems to be the perfect combination for making a strong connection with his listeners.
“Love Music Hate Cancer” is his second self published book. In March 2017, Mark was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and underwent surgery and a series of chemotherapy treatments. He was confined to his home for the better part of that year. During this time he focused on composing music and writing his book. He has been in remission for over 2 years now and doing well!
These days Mark is gigging almost every night promoting his music and book. He is also booking speaking gigs in colleges, libraries, hospitals and city centers. He is speaking about the life style changes he has made since his diagnosis and the healing power of music.
You can see Mark perform every Monday night at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL where he is the host of their popular pro-jam.
If you would like to catch Mark as a solo artist, or playing with his band or attend one of his speaking engagements please refer to the calendar below.
Blues Radio International
Mark's contributions to music in South Florida and worldwide are well known. A talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Mark herds musical cats on a weekly basis to present a Monday night festival of great music at the Biscuit. More often than not, Mark is sidestepping the spotlight to make someone else sound better.
Piotr Gwizdala and Radio Kultura
Mark Telesca is an expressive bassist, a talented composer and vocalist with a strong voice. This is strong, heavy,” male” blues worth promoting. Solid blues. I love this album "Heavy Breathing" and also the design of its cover.
This week we offer up big congrats to Mark Telesca as his little engine that could release, Heavy Breathing, takes the top spot. So far this year it has been one of the most pleasant and surprising releases to come our way.
one of the best new releases this year....Metro Music Mayhem
"Expect to see hear a lot about this fire breathing blues monster coming up."
Blues Blast Magazine
"Lead vocalist and bassist Mark Telesca and his posse roar!"
Hot House Magazine
"Their big blues sound confirms they belong among the big names"
New Times Magazine
" While blues purists might attempt to find fault with the blending of styles (as well as the modernizing of classic songs), This band lends an element of technical superiority to the mission that should quiet such criticisms. 1906, 2006 — it's all good"
The Bamboo Room
"They will Slay you down on the Killing Floor"
The Palm Beach Post
" Mark Telesca breathes fire!"
"Mark Telesca's agenda is being met, by just being himself"
The Palm Beach Post
" When Telesca decided to form his own blues band a year ago, the singing bassist wanted something different. Boynton Beach based MTB succeeds in that regard on a few levels - some intentional ; some not.
Mary 4 Music
Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
"Just by looking at Mark Telesca, if you would try to guess the type of music he plays or the style in which he sings, "Paint It Blue" would be the song you might choose. He doesn't just wear this look, he sings it as well., tough, gritty, intense, and confident? "You're damn right".....which, by the way, is the chorus line sung by the background singers. On top of all that vocal attitude, Steve's displaying some of it as well, with his best licks on the lead guitar. This is one smokin' track."
Making A Scene
"Telesca’s clear vocals are impressive but it’s his songwriting that will hook you. Telesca has written or co-written all but one of the songs. “I Don’t Need Your Lovin’ Anymore” is the perfect choice as the opening track. Gibbs guitar punctuates the lyrics."
Main Event Talent Agency
You finished your gig 20 minutes ago and I have already gotten a note from the manager that your band was great tonight at Hard Rock Cafe. THAT'S what I'm talkin' ' bout!! THANK YOU, Mark, nicely done! : )
New Times Magazine
The project of bassist Mark Telesca, takes a spin through pre-WWII blues throwing in touches of contemporary R&B, AOR, and storytelling. Recorded this past July, Alive at the Bamboo Room gives fans of the blues, the Allman Brothers, and Jethro Tull all of that and more. The album kicks off with a version of the Son House classic "Death Letter," a song that allegedly influenced even the great Robert Johnson. After that, the band takes the listener on a trip through the cotton fields of the rural South, pausing briefly in post-war Chicago for a Willie Dixon cut, the raunchy "Back Door Man," made famous by Howlin' Wolf and the Doors. "John the Revelator," Blind Willie Johnson's classic take on rural gospel-turned-blues, gets a contemporary update with jazzysaxophone, wah-wah-meets-heavy-distortion guitar shredding, and liberal doses of hand drums sprinkled throughout.