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Mark Selby (musician) – biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroAmerican musician
Is Musician 
Singer 
Guitarist 
Record producer 
Composer 
From United States of America 
Type Business 
Music 
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Birth Enid

Mark Otis Selby (born in Enid, Oklahoma, United States) is an American blues rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is a solo artist, signed to ZYX Records in Europe, and one half of performing duo with his wife, songwriter Tia Sillers. He also plays guitar in recording sessions for musical artists such as Kenny Rogers, Johnny Reid, Keni Thomas, Jimmy Hall, and Wynonna Judd.
Selby is perhaps best known for the number of songs that he co-wrote with the blues-rock artist Kenny Wayne Shepherd which includes the No. 1 single, “Blue on Black”. This song was also Billboard magazine rock track of the year in 1998. Selby also collaborated with Sillers on the No. 1 song, “There’s Your Trouble”, which was recorded by the Dixie Chicks and won the band their first Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1999.
Selby has released a number of solo albums thus far. The first two projects, More Storms Comin’ and Dirt were on Vanguard Records. After signing with ZYX in Merenberg, Germany, he released his next album, Mark Otis Selby And The Horse He Rode In On. This all-acoustic release featured Selby’s 1974 Mossman guitar and spurred a broad audience in Germany and Switzerland. A more recent project, Nine Pound Hammer, was released in 2008. He has worked with the Grammy winning record producer Brent Maher on all of his projects.
Besides the Mossman, he plays a modified 1990s Fender Relic Nocaster, a Fender Rory Gallagher Fender Stratocaster, and a 1944 Gibson J-45. As for amplifiers, he describes himself as “a Fender guy.”

Influences

When asked to describe some of his influences, he notes, “When I was younger, I really got into an Eric Clapton anthology that had a cross selection of songs he was well known for, and some spontaneous jams with Jimmy Page and Muddy Waters. There was so much emotion and a big slice of life in those songs performed by the old blues players…Billy Gibbons was also a very big influence…He had a great way of synthesizing a lot of great styles and making it his own.”

Select discography

Albums

  • 1984: One Way Ticket
  • 1986: One Of These Days
  • 2000: More Storms Comin’
  • 2003: Dirt
  • 2006: Mark Otis Selby And The Horse He Rode In On
  • 2008: Nine Pound Hammer
  • 2009: Live at Rockpalast – One Night In Bonn
  • 2013: Blue Highway

Compilation albums

  • 2001: Avalon Blues: A Tribute To The Music Of Mississippi John Hurt
  • 2007: Mark Selby’s Nashville Picks! (Vol. 1)

Singles written by Selby

YearTitleArtist(s)
1995“Deja Voodoo”Kenny Wayne Shepherd
1997“Slow Ride”
“Somewhere, Somehow, Someway”
“Blue on Black”
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
1998“There’s Your Trouble”The Dixie Chicks
2000“She’s Like Mercury”


“Last Goodbye”

Mark Selby


Kenny Wayne Shepherd

2001“I Cry”


“Was”

Tammy Cochran


Kenny Wayne Shepherd

2002“Barbed Wire and Roses”Pinmonkey
2003“Back Door To My Heart”Mark Selby