Mark D. Conklin releases "The Gospel According to Mark"

Mark D. Conklin - "The Gospel According to Mark"
Mark D. Conklin - "The Gospel According to Mark" |

Uniting a veritable who’s who of Gospel, soul and country music luminaries for a uniquely inspired collection of song and spoken word, The Gospel According to Mark is set for release May 17 from StowTown Records. Created by and featuring acclaimed singer/songwriter Mark D. Conklin, the project’s 12 standout musical collaborations are interwoven with 12 Scripture vignettes voiced by iconic songstress Gloria Gaynor.  
Produced by Conklin—who also wrote or co-penned each musical selection—and GRAMMY winner Mark Prentice, the project offers fresh perspective on the New Testament book of Mark, chronologically conveying the account of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. With Gaynor’s narrations anchoring every song, The Gospel According to Mark showcases musical contributions from renowned actress and singer Rita Wilson; internationally revered collegiate ensemble The Fisk Jubilee Singers; Gospel trailblazers The Fairfield Four; the “Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent; Southern Gospel leaders Ernie Haase & Signature Sound; GRAMMY-winning recording artist John Berry; and ‘80s country hitmaker T. Graham Brown, among many others.  

Highlights of The Gospel According to Mark include lead single “The Greatest is Love,” a retro rock 'n soul track featuring Wendy Moten; the Rita Wilson spotlight “Through the Storm”; “Oh, Lonely Day,” a stirring Good Friday anthem with vocal contributions from John Berry and Rhonda Vincent; and the soulful “Take This Cup” with The Fairfield Four—an emotive musical rendering of Jesus’ struggle in the Garden of Gethsemane. 
 The Gospel According to Mark Featured Tracks 
*All songs are preceded by Scripture narration from Gloria Gaynor.
Make Way (feat. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound) 
Into the River (feat. The Fisk Jubilee Singers) 
The Calling (feat. The McCrary Sisters) 
Through the Storm (feat. Rita Wilson)
Rise (Faith of Jairus) 
Unbelief (feat. T. Graham Brown) 
Devil in the Temple (feat. Mike Farris) 
Believe (feat. Joseph Rice) 
The Greatest is Love (feat. Wendy Moten)
Take This Cup (feat. The Fairfield Four) 
Oh, Lonely Day (feat. John Berry & Rhonda Vincent) 
Good News (feat. Lenesha Randolph, Joseph Rice & The Fisk Jubilee Singers) 

A genre-spanning music executive, recording artist, songwriter and producer, Mark D. Conklin’s music has appeared on Billboard’s country, blues and bluegrass charts, as well as on such hit TV shows as “Grey’s Anatomy” and in various national advertising campaigns. He served as host of the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center's three online conversation series: "Off the Record,” “Behind the Songs” and “Mini Masterclass." In this role, Conklin interviewed more than 200 artists, including Mary Wilson of the Supremes; Earth, Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey; DJ Khaled; BTS; Ellie Goulding; Luke Combs; and Kane Brown. Returning to his first love as a singer/songwriter, the New Jersey native released his roots-country EP, Starting Over, in 2020.