release date: may 20, 2016
Guitar hero MARK LETTIERI describes his third LP -“I wanted to make a statement, and in that respect it’s almost my first record...”. Aptly titled SPARK AND ECHO, the album brings Mark's powerful, finessed style to center stage with a heavy groove behind from the likes of Wes Stephenson and Jason Thomas, and special guests Shaun Martin, Milo Deering, and Bobby Sparks. Spark And Echo soothes and soars, with deep 80's rock influence that steps right into your living room without apology. An ode to several styles at once and still a clear representation of the musical narrative that only Mark can bring. Dig into Spark & Echo in hi-def right here, and if itunes is your thing head over here. Friday May 20 is the date.
About mark lettieri
Mark Lettieri is a guitarist, composer and producer from Fort Worth, TX. Proficient in a multitude of styles, he records and performs in virtually every genre of popular music with both independent and major-label artists. He also composes and produces original instrumental music under his own name.
Working in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex's gospel and R&B scene led Lettieri to join jazz/world group Snarky Puppy in 2008. The now two-time GRAMMY Award-winning band tours and records constantly, having performed on all continents except Antarctica.
Aside from Snarky Puppy, Lettieri has spent time on the road with neo-soul icon Erykah Badu, gospel singer/actress Tamela Mann, and American Idol: Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. He's also performed with a myriad of other artists, including Anthony Evans, Chrisette Michele, Myron Butler, N'dambi, Bilal, and even Pat Boone.
An in-demand session guitarist, recent work includes 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Adam Levine, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Eric Roberson, LeCrae, Lupe Fiasco, Keyshia Cole, Xzibit, as well as numerous radio and television jingles. Lettieri is also a member of Team SKP, a production collective led by Grammy Award-winning producer Symbolyc One (Kanye West, Beyonce). Since 2010, he has been a member of the house band for the Marcus & Joni Show, a morning talk/variety show broadcast in 200 countries on Daystar, a Christian cable network.
As a composer/bandleader, Lettieri has released two albums, Knows in 2011, and Futurefun in 2013. Through tours with Snarky Puppy and social media network shares, both records have created a sizable buzz among fans of instrumental guitar music worldwide. He performs frequently in a trio setting, featuring a revolving rhythm section of world-class Dallas musicians. Lettieri’s third album, Spark and Echo, is slated for a May 20, 2016 release on Ropeadope Records.