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“I was burned out and becoming more unhappy with my life, I felt this increasing pull to align my work with my passion,” says adult contemporary artist Mark Etheredge. For over 21 years the San Francisco, California-based singer- songwriter had a successful career in software, but he still felt unfulfilled. He wanted to pursue his inner calling of being a professional musician, and in 2011 he left his day job. “I looked at my excuses not to leave—job security and the fallacy that I couldn’t afford to leave,” Etheredge says thoughtfully. “I realized that this limited thinking was holding me back. I had to let go and embrace a shift.”
Etheredge’s debut, Change Coming—out September 25th on Vipaka Records—evokes the refined pop of artists such as Steely Dan, Michael MacDonald, Boz Scaggs, and Todd Rundgren. Thoughtful, accessible, heartfelt, and witty, Change Coming features twelve original compositions meticulously produced by Etheredge himself. It’s a keyboard-driven aesthetic with a full band tastefully complimenting Etheredge’s luxurious playing. At opportune times, for dynamic punch, the players step out, most notably with some sizzling guitar solos and limber funk-guitar chanks.