"Their big blues sound confirms they belong among the big names"
-Johnny Aruba, Hot House Magazine
His “HOOK” oriented songwriting style and storytelling lyrics along with his expressive style of bass playing and powerful lead vocal is capturing the attention of music lovers everywhere.
Mark released his first solo studio CD titled “Heavy Breathing” in January of 2015. It spent many months on steady rotation on SIRIUSXM RADIO (Bluesville). The CD received rave reviews and reached the #5 spot on "Blues Power Radio's Top 30" Blues Albums. Three singles from "Heavy Breathing" charted on Blues 411 Baker's Dozen of Blues. "If You Got Enough Jack" reached #5, "Cross the Dog" reached #2 and "I Don't Need Your Lovin' Anymore" reached #1 !!!
Mark has also plays solo acoustic guitar focusing on Pre-WWII blues, Americana and his own original music.
He has competed in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) and was a semifinalists in 2017.
Mark is very proud to be endorsed by Delaney Guitars. Delaney Guitars has built the Mark Telesca Bass Model. They are calling the bass the "TRADITION" model based on its traditional looks, feel and sound. It is currently available for purchase www.delaneyguitars.com
In addition to his hectic gigging schedule, he is the host of one of the most popular Pro Blues Jams in the Southeast. The Jam takes place every Monday at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL. There are many touring artist who make it a point to spend some extra time in sunny Florida just to attend and hopefully participate in this high quality Jam.
As well as being a songwriter, singer, guitarist, and band leader, Mark is a touring bassist supporting many blues / rock artists.
Mark was the bassist along with 2010 Blues Music Award Winner and 2015 Grammy Winner Jason Ricci on Harmonica in The Keith Brown Trio. They later recorded Keith’s album “Down the Line”, an acoustic album.
Mark's influences include The Delta Blues, Gospel Music and Motown. Bass influences are James Jamerson, Donald Duck Dunn, Oteil Burbridge, Willie Weeks ... Just to name a few.
“"Mark Telesca's agenda is being met, by just being himself"”
-Charlie Kaufman, WDNA 88.9FM
"Mark Telesca breathes fire!"