California native Mark Daniel Sanders was a literature major, basketball player and a surfer who, at age 29, came to Nashville to write songs. After 10 years, his career skyrocketed in the early 1990s, thanks to hits by Diamond Rio ("Mirror, Mirror"), Tracy Lawrence ("Runninâ€™ Behind") and John Anderson ("Money in the Bank"), and heâ€™s gone on to rack up 14 #1 singles. Mark has twice been named NSAI Songwriter of the Year (in 1995, with 5 #1 songs that year alone, and in 1996) and has won two of ASCAPâ€™s highest awards: Country Songwriter of the Year (1997) and Country Song of the Year (1996) for writing "No News" (recorded by Lonestar). Heâ€™s also collected four CMA Triple Play Awards, given for charting three #1 songs in a 12-month period. His "I Hope You Dance" (recorded by Lee Ann Womack) won a Grammy Award in 2000 for Best Country Song, and was declared Song of the Year by virtually every music industry awards organization â€” NSAI, ASCAP, BMI, the ACM and the CMA. He and co-writer Tia Sillers later authored a book inspired by the song that has sold two million copies. Additionally, Markâ€™s songs have been hits for artists such as George Strait ("Blue Clear Sky"), Ricochet ("Daddyâ€™s Money"), Faith Hill ("It Matters to Me") and Jack Ingram ("Thatâ€™s a Man").
From: Los Angeles, CA