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Fire Records are proud to announce the signing of celebrated American singer-songwriter Mark Mulcahy for his eagerly anticipated forthcoming album, entitled Dear Mark J Mulcahy I Love You. This will be his first studio release since 2005's critically acclaimed In Pursuit Of Your Happiness.
Armed with his trusty Epiphone and his wonderfully emotive vocals, Mark Mulcahy recorded the new album in Northampton, Massachusetts with Henning Ohlenbusch. The album was mixed by Grammy-winning producer Paul Q. Kolderie, who has made some of the most important records of the past two decades by artists including Radiohead, The Pixies, Hole, Morphine, Uncle Tupelo, Warren Zevon and Dinosaur Jr. The record was mastered by Mark's longtime collaborator Myles Mangino.
Mark Mulcahy is the former singer of Miracle Legion, an American rock band of the late 80s, early 90s who were signed to Rough Trade. Following the demise of the band, Mark's solo career began with Fathering, an album that received universal praise including Album Of The Month in Uncut and Album Of The Week in The Guardian and featured the track "Hey Self Defeater" which was featured in Nick Hornby's book 31 Songs.
From there followed albums Smilesunset and In Pursuit Of Your Happiness, several tours of the UK and Europe, countless radio sessions and huge critical acclaim for both his songwriting prowess and his remarkable voice. In 2008 he put everything on hold to look after his children following the tragic death of his wife. To assist him through these troubled times many of his long-time fans in the music industry banded together to record an album of his songs as a tribute to his wife and the result was 2009's Ciao My Shining Star, featuring the likes of Michael Stipe, Thom Yorke, Frank Black, Mercury Rev, Dinosaur Jr and The National.
Last year Mark made a long-awaited return to the UK for a brief series of shows in London, Manchester and Oxford whilst performing a slot at The National's All Tomorrow's Parties at the end of last year. Mark is due to return to these shores in August for End of the Road Festival and a headline show at London's Lexington.
Praise for In Pursuit of Your Happiness
"Mark Mulcahy's truly extraordinary voice infuses these subtly crafted, jauntily off-kilter, mostly self-played songs with a spirit simultaneously life-affirming and ever so slightly heart-tearing." Metro
"...very much a singer songwriter to be filed along side Tim Buckley, Neil Young or Jackson Browne." Esquire (No. 3 Top Ten End of Year 1999)
"majestic, mind-blowing, quite marvellous - your happiness is assured if you
purchase this record" 5 Stars - THE SUN
"terrific - his third solo album opens wounds and plays with the patterns as
the blood runs free" 4 Stars - THE GUARDIAN
"his songs cast their spell long after the record's finished, scratching away at your subconscious until you go back of your own volition" 4 Stars - Observer Music Monthly