Mark Schultz Live, A Night of Stories & Songs (CD/DVD) is the fourth project from Mark Schultz, encompassing his greatest hits since the critically acclaimed self-titled debut in 2000. Produced and Directed by Ken Carpenter for Franklin Films (I Am Produced by Peter Kipley), the project was filmed LIVE before a sold-out crowd at the Marion Civic Center (Marion, IL) on May 6. Experience the stories behind each of your favorite songs and get to know the people and scenarios resulting in six #1 hits, two brand new songs and other timeless classics from Mark's past three studio albums.
'The heart of my mission is turning real life into music that will encourage others.'- Mark Schultz
This project also includes a brand new studio cut, I Am, which goes for radio adds in July. In addition, see Mark's own coming of age story as he traveled from Colby, KS, to Nashville, making his dreams a reality with the help of friends along the way. The gift of writing stories through firsthand life experiences has made Mark Schultz Christian music's premier storyteller. However, his humble approach will attribute that gift to those who have been placed in the path that God has carved out for his life, as you are about to witness in this very special project.
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Those that have seen Mark Schultz live know the feeling of unity and family that pervades his performance. A CD/DVD combination that captures one of the best live performers CCM has to offer at the top of his game.
Schultz plays contemporary pop, flavored with piano ballads. You could say that it’s nothing out of the ordinary, but then you have to remind yourself that it’s guys like Schultz that set the standard. He’s released three albums prior to this one, and he plays the favorites from all of them, while telling funny and insightful stories about the songs that have gotten him to where he is today. "He’s My Son," "Letters from War," "You Are a Child of Mine," "I Am the Way," and other popular tunes are found on the set. Schultz also tries two brand new tracks on the crowd, neither of which were completely written when the performance was recorded. Still, "Walking Her Home" is a sweet, yet hilarious song, due fully to Schult’z lack of improvisational skills; and you can see the radio hit "I Am" in the making with the quick verse and chorus he plays.
" The main feature, though, is a look into Schultz’s beginnings as a recording artist. What is usually somewhat of a filler bonus with little substance. Schultz helped in the production of the DVD, and it shows at every turn. You get to know the man not just as a recording artist, but as a human being. At least once, he recounts a story of someone’s love and dedication that moves him to tears.
You get to know Mark Schultz on a very intimate level on this project. Few artists would allow such an invasion of privacy, but Schultz seems to embrace his audience (Though he would probably call us "family") with open arms and a warm smile. After viewing it, you can never really listen to his music the same way again. And that, ultimately, is what makes this one a winner