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    Mark W. Forman (the artist known as mw4man…born 6 June, 1952) is an American musician and singer/songwriter, also known as a founding member of the Jazz-Rock quartet Project One. Hailing from a cadre of late 60’s/early70’s artists and musicians that never quite gained deserved public notoriety, he is nevertheless respected among his peers as an exceptional singer/songwriter, composer and producer…and one who narrowly missed several chances at celebrity due to a 20 year hiatus; and struggles early on with alcoholism and drug addiction. Early Life Forman was born June 6, 1952 in Mount Holly, New Jersey, the only son of Harry Singer Forman and Gertrude Florence Smith. His namesake is his Grandfather, Mark ‘Banjo’ Smith, a sometimes traveling minstrel and honky-tonk music favorite in pubs along Delaware River hamlets between Philadelphia and Trenton in the years following WWII. Inspired by the Rock ‘n’ Roll and Motown hits of the day, Mark began playing drums at the age of fifteen and quickly gained prominence as an adept groove man and syncopated soloist in the local bar bands of that time and locale. The most famous of these early endeavors was with the hugely popular & enigmatic south Jersey Psychedelic-Rock band known as Scorched Earth. In 1972, Mark answered an ad in Rolling Stone Magazine calling for drummers to audition for Columbia recording artists Michelangelo; which was passed with flying colors. Before signing on however, two of that group’s members found it necessary to enter drug rehabilitation; and the recording of a second Michelangelo album was placed on hold. In the interim, the other founding members went their own direction and the group never reformed to record. Michael Greenbaum, an A & R Executive & associate of Michelangelo Producer Rachel Elkind, liked what he had heard from the young drummer and kept in contact during the summer of 1972, offering him a job as a studio drummer w/ Arista Records. This offer was declined unexpectedly however, when a love interest gave Mark an ultimatum between a solid relationship or a frivolous career in music (a relationship which never blossomed). After a short stint with Philadelphia-based Progressive-Rock original quartet Crazy Smiley, Mark moved on, to Montrose California, in the summer of 1973. There, he joined forces with revered musical ally Eric ‘Cruize’ Henderson, whom he had met during Eric’s stay as Lead Guitarist (and stage fire master), during a short but notable stretch with Scorched Earth. They formed the west coast acid-rock band known as Glenada House, with Mark Ocrusko on Acoustic Guitar and Lead Vocals and Mark Graney on Bass. Within a very short time span the group gained a solid following among local music aficionados and loyal fan base due to the creative, cosmic jam-based original Folk-Rock music they played. Later that summer they were offered an audition by Brent Dangerfield, a Producer at Columbia Records who had worked with Santana, but it is not known why the band did not show up for this opportunity. Back in New Jersey in the mid 70’s and jamming around for new opportunities, Forman, along with Henderson, rallied together a new original music group, a Folk-Rock/Psychedelic Jam Band known as Good Intent, which also featured earlier bassist Mark Graney; and to which they added Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter Michael Emick. Despite the possibilities afforded by the songwriting abilities of Emick, the band disbanded within a year’s time. Then between 1977 & 1979, Mark played drums and sang occasional lead for Bringin’ it Home, a Rock/Jazz/R&B group whose players included pianist Carl Davis and bassist Mike Berry. This musical venture, although immensely talented, never grew beyond one or two original compositions. In 1980, Mark frustratedly hung up his rock and roll shoes…for what he thought was for good. Career After teaching himself Recording & Sound Engineering in the mid 1970’s, the young artist also pursued a career in Audio Electronics. He graduated as Honor Student in 1976 from Lyon’s Institute in Cherry Hill, NJ, earning one of many certificates, this one for audio and video electronics. Mark then moved onto building and renovations…and then construction management in the 1980’s and 1990’s as he settled down to enjoy a quieter life with his spouse, Joyce Weiden. Then, during a decade long period of addiction recovery beginning in 1997…and coinciding with the realization that “being stoned is not a necessary factor in the creation and enjoyment of good music”, Mark attempted to undertake a musical resurrection in 2001 by forming Rule 62, an all-sober, 60’s & 70’s Rock ‘n’ Roll cover band. This group, although known in recovery circles as one of the best ‘clean’ bands in the northeast, could not make the transition into composing original material; and so in 2003 Mark changed direction again and helped form the Jazz-Rock super-quartet Project One. Along in this endeavor were longtime musical compatriot Eric ‘Cruize’ Henderson…Eric’s Wife (and consummate jazz songstress) Aniko Somogyi; as well as another longstanding musical collaborator of Eric’s, Barry D. Roberts (who was a fairly prolific singer/songwriter/solo performer in the Philadelphia area in his own rite). Project One eventually released a soaring and bombastic album in October 2006 entitled MoonWaves, on the independent label Lunar Records. The tracks showcased for the first time in official recorded form mw4man’s talents as a musician and singer/songwriter. Although not a huge seller, the record continues to be respected by local critics and fans alike for its cutting edge approach and stellar performances, in both song and musicianship. The Future Encouraged by this newfound incentive, along with a lifestyle now dedicated to following a spiritual path, Mark’s reborn determination to bring his music to the masses has set him at long last on a solo album project. It is entitled Candyman’s Cupboard; and is an inspired and eclectic collection of mw4man’s best songwriting and vocal performances, dating from the mid-seventies through the present day. It is presently being recorded at MoonMix Studios. Candyman’s Cupboard will feature Mark’s deep-rooted collaborator and Project One comrade Cruize Henderson, along with performances from indie studio greats such as Brent Mason, Jeff Lorber, Blair Masters, Dow Tomlin, and Stuart Duncan. It will also feature some sensational saxophone work from Mark’s old recovery cohort Big Jim Doyle (with whom he played alongside in Flashback), as well as vocal performances from award winner Eryn Shewell, Eva Hargis of 3-26; and MoonWaves guest vocalist Sunny Greenberg. Much of the original artwork incorporated into the CD’s design will be that of John R. Edgar, one of Mark’s earliest colleagues and lifelong best friend until his death in 1996 (and who is regarded himself as one of the great undiscovered cartoonists of the late 1960’s and 1970’s). The CD is due out in 2016, on Lunar Records.
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