Speakers and Artists

Mark Cabaniss
 Motivational / Inspirational Speaker and Entertainer
 Music Publisher, Writer, Producer, Broadcaster, Educator
ASCAP, NAMM & Dove Award Winner
Travels from Tennessee
Personal Mission Statement
To fully realize all I am created to be, and to positively impact as many lives as possible, from a Christian perspective, utilizing my God-given abilities to communicate ideas which encourage, enlighten, entertain and/or inspire others. ... Mark Cabaniss
Mark Cabaniss is a music publisher, writer, producer, broadcaster, and speaker.  He is President/CEO of Jubilate Music Group, a worldwide music publisher creating printed and digital music, recordings, and videos.
As an ASCAP composer and arranger, Mark's published compositions have been performed nationally and abroad, and include choral anthems, musicals, cantatas, and instrumental pieces.  His concert musical Triumph of Faith (co-written with Mark Blankenship) received its world premiere at Carnegie Hall.  Other musicals include The Homework Machine, co-written with Tony-nominated composer Keith Herrmann and premiered by the Boston Children's Theatre and The Stardust Supper Club (featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael), co-written with Alan Bailey and given an Off-Broadway workshop production by The York Theatre Company.
Mark is the author of three books:  Confessions of a Shameless Name-DropperMusic Business Essentials:  A Guide for Aspiring Professionals; and Miracle of The Music Man:  The Classic American Story of Meredith Willson.
Mark is a multiple recipient of ASCAP's Popular Music Award, the NAMM Believe in Music Award, and is a Dove Award and  Angel Award-winning producer.  He is a member of the Recording Academy, The Dramatists Guild of America, and serves on the Board of Advisors for The Music Man Square, a museum and foundation in Mason City, Iowa, dedicated to furthering music education and honoring the legacy of Meredith Willson (creator of Broadway's The Music Man).  He also created and manages the official Meredith Willson website, MeredithWillson.com.
Mark was recognized as an Outstanding  Alumnus by Mars Hill University and serves on the University's Board of Trustees.  Governor Wallace Wilkinson of Kentucky commissioned Mark as an official Kentucky Colonel.  Mark is also the founder/donor of  The Helen Cole Krause Music Scholarship, awarded annually to a qualifying incoming or current Mars Hill University music major.
Mark serves as a correspondent for Hollywood 360, a weekly nationally syndicated entertainment radio show based in Chicago.
Mark's work in the music business and broadcasting has led to collaborations with television icons Andy Griffith, Bob Barker, and Kathie Lee Gifford; Academy Award-winner Shirley Jones; legendary entertainer Steve Allen; composer Charles Strouse (Annie/Bye Bye Birdie); Broadway/pop platinum singer/songwriters Rupert Holmes and David Pomeranz; jazz pianist/composer Loonis McGlohon; gospel singer Cynthia Dlawson; actor/singer Thurl Ravenscroft (Tony the Tiger/"Mr. Grinch"), and others.
Mark holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Music Education and Communications from Mars Hill University and The University of Tennessee-Knoxville.  Mark resides in Nashville. 


Speaking Topics
Confessions of a Shameless Name-Dropper
(Music and multi-media presentation based on Mark's book of the same title.)
The music business has taken Mark Cabaniss on adventures far from his native state of North Carolina ... from Nashville to Broadway to Hollywood and back.  In this program, this self-admitted "shameless name-dropper" tells witty and inspiring stories of his fun connections through the years in the music business and broadcasting.  The stories are mixed with music and visual media to bring the audience into his world all the more.  Join him as he shares the inside scoop of his encounters with legendary entertainers Bob Barker, Andy Griffith, Shirley Jones, Kathie Lee Gifford, Steve Allen, Dick Clark, Sherwood (Gilligan's Island) Schwartz, and more.  It's a walk down a classic showbiz memory lane.  The stories, photos, and video clips are woven together with beloved songs (Try to Remember, Trouble in River City, Edelweiss, and many more) sung by Mark (accompanied by interational touring pianist Dr. Diane Earle), bringing the stories all the more to life while celebrating the transforming power of music and the arts.  The audience walks away not only entertained and inspired, but educated about the complexities of the world of entertainment.
How to Be a Star (In One Million Easy Steps)
(Publishing, Songwriting, Recording based on Mark's book, Music Business Essentials:  A Guide for Aspiring Professionals.)

In this event, Mark Cabaniss shares his 30 years of experience in the music business as a songwriter, producer, publishers, broadcaster, and entertainer to give aspiring and/or interested people an inside look at the businesses of music and entertainment.  Based on his book Music Business Essentials, Mark mixes fascinating anecdotes and lessons learned from his work with world-class celebrities with solid tips for success.  Mark's ultimate goal with this event is to educate, entertain, inform, and inspire.  Perfect for civic groups, educational groups, and high schools / colleges / universities.


Meet the Composer:  Mark Cabaniss

(Music Event for Churches and Schools)
In this event, Mark Cabaniss meets with any and all interested music directors and ensembles to personally conduct and interpret his music with the performing group(s).  A public performance of the music (with Mark conducting) is an integral part of the experience for all.  During rehearsals and performance, Mark weaves fascinating and relevant facts and anecdotes about the music itself and its creation along with his  own rich experiences in the music business with world-class celebrities and musicians.  Perfect for churches and schools.

"Mark Cabaniss knows his stuff.  This show is a kick!"
Kathie Lee Gifford
Emmy Award-winning television icon
"Mark Cabaniss is a warm-hearted, wonderful raconteur."
Rupert Holmes
Award-winning hit songwriter and artist
"Confessions of a Shameless Name-Dropper is a pure delight!"
David Pomeranz
Multi-platinum award-winning recording artist and songwriter
"The Confessions show was such a delight!  We enjoyed it immensely.  A fun-filled program."
Bruce M.
"Thanks for the nostalgia and the chance to sing along."
Adrienne F.
"This is my favorite genre of music and Mark is so special.  I loved this performance."
Ann J.
"Great music and great stories."
Mary C.
"I so enjoyed the 'How to Be a Star' presentation!  It was fast-paced, fun and Mark Cabaniss is hilarious!"
Deb S.
"Wow!  After attending 'How to Be a Star' I not only know a ton more about the music business but am inspired to go and follow my dreams!"
Ryan M.
"The 'How to Be a Star in One Million Easy Steps' evening was so much fun.  I learned more in that hour than I've learned in a whole semester."
Natalie P.
"Mark Cabaniss did a 'Meet the Composer' weekend at our church, where he worked with my 35-voice choir, rehearsed four of his wonderful anthems, and discussed his compositional process.  Then he conducted them singing these compositions in church.  He was a huge hit with the choir and the congregation!  As one choir member said, "I learned more from him in two hours than I had in fifty years."  His spiritual depth, zany personality, and outstsanding musical skills brought a whole new dimension to my church choral singing and commitment.  We can't wait to have him return!"
Dr. Diane E.

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