Award winning Boston singer-songwriter Mark Stepakoff returns with his fourth album, "The Story Behind The Story", co-produced by Mark and Seth Connelly. The CD features Mark's trademark mix of wry humorous material and poignant ballads, in the vein of songwriters such as Loudon Wainwright III and John Prine, to whom he has often been compared. Six of the CD's twelve songs have already won awards from national songwriting contests, including 1st Place in The Great American Song Contest, the New Orleans Songwriters Festival Songwriting Contest and American Songwriter Magazine's lyric contest.
Mark's prior CDs have hit both the national Folk-DJ and Roots Music Report radio airplay charts, reaching as high as number 17. He has had three songs hit the top 10 on the national Folk-DJ chart. Mark's music has been played on more than a hundred radio stations all across the U.S. and abroad.
Mark performs frequently in the Boston area. He has headlined on several occasions at Cambridge's legendary Club Passim, and has also performed at (among many other venues) the Nameless Coffeehouse, Johnny D's, the Burren, Tupelo Music Hall, the Abbey Lounge, Sally O'Brien's, the Amazing Things Arts Center, and the Center for Arts in Natick, where he hosts the bi-weekly folk open mike. Mark has also appeared on WCVB/Channel 5's "Chronicle" program and New England Cable News' "Coffeehouse" program. Among the artists he has opened for are Bill Morrissey, Steve Forbert, Buskin & Batteau, Christine Lavin, Cheryl Wheeler, Don White, Kevin So, Geoff Bartley, Claudia Schmidt, Susie Burke & David Surrette, and the James Montgomery Band.
-- American Songwriter Magazine: Twelve time award winner, including 1st Prize (twice), 2nd Prize, and "lyric spotlight" feature.
-- USA Songwriting Competition: Eight-time finalist. Played the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville in 2008 as part of USA Songwriting's winners and finalists showcase.
-- Great American Song Contest: Three-time 1st Prize winner, seven other times named top 5 winner, twelve other times selected as Finalist, three Honors Awards. Only songwriter to ever receive 1st Prize in consecutive years. Named to contest's "Songwriters' Hall of Fame".
- John Lennon Songwriting Contest: Honorable Mention (Folk Music category)
-- Nashville Songwriters Association International Song Contest: Runner-up; Honorable Mention
-- Smoky Mountains Songwriting Festival Songwriting Contest: Two First Prizes (Folk and lyrics categories); also Honorable Mention
-- Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition: Finalist
-- Telluride Troubadour Competition: Honorable Mention
-- Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase: Three-time Honorable Mention
-- New Orleans Songwriters Festival Songwriting Contest: Winner (One of four winners selected)
-- Great Lakes Songwriting Contest: Two-time Top Ten Winner (8th Place and 9th Place); also Honorable Mention
-- Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest: Honorable Mention (Folk Category)
-- International Songwriting Competition: Four-time Semi-Finalist
-- UK Songwriting Contest: Finalist, Three-time Semi-Finalist (Acoustic & Folk Category)
-- Australian Songwriting Contest: Semi-Finalist
-- Tennessee Song Contest: Runner-Up
-- Dallas Songwriters Association: 3rd Prize, Four-time Semi-Finalist (Folk/Americana category)
-- Plowshares Songwriting Contest: Finalist
-- WUMB's "To Kill A Mockingbird" songwriting contest (honoring songs inspired by the Harper Lee novel): 2nd Prize. Song included on WUMB-released CD compilation featuring Mockingbird inspired songs by artists including Brooks Williams, Kate Campbell, Chris Smither, Vance Gilbert, Erin McKeown and Pete Kennedy.
-- Great Waters Folk Festival Songwriting Contest: Alternate Finalist
-- West Coast Songwriters Songwriting Contest: 2 Honorable Mentions (Folk and General categories)
-- Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge - Finalist
-- Album of The Month (September 2013) - Colin Fielding, Folk & Roots, 3INR, Melbourne, AUS
-- WMBR's Lost Highway's Song of the Week 10-18-08 (selected by listeners of the long-running roots music program)