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Origin  Oxford, Mississippi
Name  Charlie Mars

Years active  1990s–present
Instruments  Vocals, guitar
Role  Guitarist
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Occupation(s)  Singer-songwriter, musician
Labels  Rockingham Records, Thirty Tigers, V2 North America, Dualtone Music
Education  Southern Methodist University
Albums  Blackberry Light, Like a Bird Like a Plane, Charlie Mars, Blackberry Light (Acoustic Edition), The Money
Genres  Folk rock, Independent music, Acoustic music
Similar People  Donna Simpson, Ben Kyle, Chris Koza, Adam Levy, Carrie Rodriguez

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Charlie Mars is a vocalist, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Mississippi. Mars has performed at Austin City Limits and South by Southwest. Mars was featured in Esquire Magazine's Songwriting Challenge which he says was his brainchild.


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Mars was born in Laurel, Mississippi and grew up in Oxford and Jackson, Mississippi. Mars' parents are David and Sylvia. Mars has two brothers, Sam and Chad. Mars was transformed to a musician at age 15 or 16, when he heard "Thriller" and "Slippery When Wet". The first Violent Femmes record also figured significantly into his development as a musician. He bought everything that had a similar sound. Mars' family moved to Jackson, Mississippi when he was a senior in high school. He graduated from Jackson Preparatory School in 1992. He was lead singer and guitarist in a band called Adley Madidafus in high school. Mars attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Mars started playing for Jack Ingram in 1992 ("The Charlie Mars Band").

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Mars has a floating, mellow croon combined with sensual soul-rock arrangements. Mars has been compared to Jason Mraz and Josh Rouse, and described as a tougher edged version of Jeff Buckley. Mars says that songs come to him spontaneously, and that he relies on the quality and memorability of the material to remember what he creates. Mars says "...the stuff that's any good I remember, and the crap I just forget. I'm a firm believer in the hypothesis that the good shit sticks."


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In 2010 Mars said he would like to live in Austin, Texas if not for his then-girlfriend Mary-Louise Parker, actress on West Wing, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Weeds. As of 2012, he was living in Brooklyn, New York.


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  • Broken Arrow by Charlie Mars Band (1995), Dualtone Music
  • Born & Razed by Charlie Mars (1997), Rockingham Records
  • End of Romance by Charlie Mars (1999), Rockingham Records
  • Charlie Mars by Charlie Mars (2004), V2 North America
  • EP by Charlie Mars (2009), Dualtone Music
  • Like a Bird Like a Plane (Dig) by Charlie Mars (2009), Thirty Tigers
  • Blackberry Light (2012), Rockingham Records
  • References

    Charlie Mars Wikipedia

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