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Country Singer Mark Wills'  Wows Fans with <i>And The Crowd Goes Wild</i> - 2003-12-11

Country singer Mark Wills got his start in music during his teenage years by singing in talent shows and honky-tonks throughout his home state of Georgia. Signed to Mercury Records in 1996, Mark is now an award-winning artist with five albums to his credit.

Crowds went wild over Mark Wills' recent concert tour, which he performed in support of his new CD, And The Crowd Goes Wild. The title track became an instant hit at Country radio even before its official release. Mark says he was excited about the pre-release leak to some radio stations, which proved they took it straight off an MP3 file, something that's never happened in his seven-year career.

Known for his many chart-topping ballads, Mark had a long-running Number One hit on the Country chart earlier this year with another upbeat tune, 19 Somethin'. He learned from its success that his fans wanted more than just slow songs. So, on his new album, he gave them several, including two tracks written by Country rocker Jeffrey Steele.

Fans of Mark's touching ballads won't be disappointed, however, with this autobiographical track on And The Crowd Goes Wild, called Singer In A Band.

One of Mark's favorite songs on his new CD is a duet he recorded with legendary singer Ronnie Milsap. They updated Milsap's Prisoner of the Highway, which was a Top 10 single for Ronnie nearly 20 years ago.

Mark Wills says singing with Ronnie Milsap "was probably the coolest thing I've ever gotten to do." Another highlight this year was performing for injured military personnel at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. During that visit, he learned that former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch was recovering there following her dramatic rescue from an Iraqi hospital. Jessica's father is one of Mark's biggest fans. So, special arrangements were made for him to perform a private show for Jessica and her dad.

Mark recently wrapped up a U.S. concert tour, and is now spending time at home in Tennessee with his wife and two young daughters. More concert dates are scheduled in early-2004.

And The Crowd Goes Wild debuted in the Top 5 on the Country Albums chart.