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Thursday, 10 March 2011 16:13

Lorenz likes the rock, but has definitely gone country

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By John R. Statton
Swift Current
Hailing from Airdrie, Alta. Mark Lorenz has a passion for playing country music.

Lorenz performed at the Living Sky Casino in Swift Current Feb. 25-26.

“I came from a farming background where we raised horses and cattle, and we farmed,” he said.“Country music was just a natural form for me.”

If you listen to his music you will find that Lorenz has a distinct rock and roll aspect to his work.

“Good music is good music across the board,” he said.
“So my influence comes from all style of music.”

Lorenz never expected to end up as a career musician. When the opportunity presented itself he hadn’t even thought about it.

“I didn’t start to take music really seriously until I was 16-18 years old,” he said.
“Up until that point I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do.”

He was out looking for a birthday present for a friend at the time, when he stumbled across a recording studio in a mall in Calgary.

“I thought this would make a really cool present, I’ll sing him a song,” he said.
“The engineer at the studio liked what I did and asked if I’d ever thought about doing ti for a living, and up until that point I hadn’t had any musical aspirations.”

The engineer invited Lorenz to come back and record a demo. During recording he suggested that Lorenz enter a local talent contest.

One thing led to another after Lorenz won the competition.

“I got addicted to music, I put a band together and started touring throughout Canada and the U.S.,” he said.
“I taught myself guitar, started writing songs, and that led to albums.”

Although Lorenz has made a life out of playing music his scope isn’t limited to the craft.
He’s always thinking about those in need.

“I’m a real firm believer in Karma, and I believe that everything you get from life you have to give back,” he said.
“So we do charities for Kids Up Front, we host an annual golf tournament where all the funds go to under privileged kids in Alberta, and it gives them an opportunity to experience things that everybody sort of takes for granted – simple things – like going to a swimming pool, or a movie.”

Lorenz aims to build equality for all people, regardless of circumstance, and enhancing the quality of life of his fellow Canadians.

“It’s kind of a shame in a country that is so abundant in everything, that there are kids going without,” he said.
“It’s important to kids because they need to know that these opportunities are available to them, because if you can’t dream there’s no where to go and you’ve got to learn to go after your dreams.”

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