Mark Balet – High Grade –
Mark Balet is a contemporary Reggae singer and songwriter based out of New York City. Born in April 1983, to military and diplomat parents, he grew up between Ivory Coast, Egypt, United States, France, England and Spain. In 1996 he formed Mauvaise Race, a Hip-Hop & Reggae duo with his sidekick Tashunke and developed his skills through Reggae sound systems and open mics.
Formerly known as Marky, Mark Balet first gained notice for his 2009 Reggae single « Outsider » from his French studio album « Eternel » [Sony ATV], followed by a European tour in 2010 [New Morning, La Scène Bastille, Heineken Hall Madrid, Réservoir, Oldschooltura Festival…] Mark has collaborated with artists such as Murray Head and Specta (Saïan Supa Crew), DJ Poska and Daddy Lord C (La Cliqua).
In 2014 he released his second LP « Born to Love » [VPAL Music] including singles such as « Rising Son », « Love of a Father » and « Running ». Lively and threated with an innovative fusion of Reggae, Afrobeat and Rock; a unique, intelligible and harmonious amalgamation that uplifts, intrigues and inspires.
His 2016 magnum EP that is « Holy Ground » [VPAL Music] invites you on a rootsy-mellow-Reggae ride with a lyrically righteous foundation. And that voice! Think a raspy, Sam Cook – Glen Washington blend – Strong, honest and soulful. Album Coming out November 4th.