Mark has worked in showbusiness from the
age of sixteen. He started his career with the conventional pop bands,
(The Nightriders &
The Escorts) and by the time he was seventeen and a half he
was singing with an eighteen piece orchestra under the direction of
Bill Sowerby. At the age of twenty
two Mark was running his own band at the Top Rank Ballroom in Darlington,
Co Durham England.
recorded his first single in 1971 This was called 909 (covered
with Venus) The song was written and produced by
The Emperor Rosko, for Mother Records, released and distributed
by Beacon/ EMI. The records can still be purchased by following the
Aynsley Discogs: Mother 909
With the release of this single Mark signed with manager Colin Hutchinson
and later Neil Johnson both of whom helped to promote Mark career as
a solo singer entertainer.
1974 Mark wrote a song for the late singer and entertainer Frankie Vaughn
called "I'll Never See Julie Again"This can also be purchased
by following the link below.
I'll Never See Julie Again
This took his vocal talents into the cabaret clubs of Britain. Television
followed, and to date Mark has appeared on fourteen major T.V. Shows,
and has sang on numerous radio broadcasts with the BBC Northern Radio
Orchestra. Link to TV show
"Up For The Cup"
two occasions Mark has been part of the three member team representing
Gt Britain at the European song festival held at Knokke, Belgium, and
on each occasions they have been the winners. This introduced Mark to
the international music scene resulting in him touring and performing
in Norway, Malta, Las Palmas, The Gambia, and the casino circuit in
Portugal, whilst periodically entertaining passengers on P&O cruise
liners The Canberra, and Oriana. In the nineties he was one of the star
Guest entertainers on board the Star Princess, for Princess Cruises.
On the home front he has worked in many theatres and shows including
The Adam Smith Centre, Kirkcaldy, Scotland, The Bristol Hippodrome,
The Liverpool Empire, and the highly acclaimed summer show at the
Horseshoe Bar Blackpool, as well as appearing in seven production
shows for Butlins Holiday Centres.
First series of the X Factor 2004
2004 a friend persuaded Mark to audition for a new television talent
show called "The X Factor." The show had recently been advertised
as a show similar to Pop idol but for singers of all ages. His friend
also mentioned the fact that if he passed the auditions and appeared
on the show he would be a great advert of hope for someone singing after
having throat cancer. He went ahead and
successfully passed three grueling auditions and was eventually picked
for the last 16 males in the 25yrs upwards group. At the boot camp he
didn't make it into the last five, however he was pleased with how far
he'd reached in the competition considering over fifty thousand people
auditioned to appear on the show. Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, and Sharon
Osbourne, were the three judges. Kate Thornton presented the show for
ITV1 & Ben Shepard for ITV2.
Mark was singing at least two/three nights per week, running a small
entertainment's agency in Warrington Cheshire, and teaching“Exercise
to Music” classes, specialising in fitness for the over fifties.
In 2010 after being in the entertainment business for over 50 years
Mark thought it was time to hang up his vocal chords, retire and move
to France, however within a short period of time he was back singing
and playing guitar with a French Band called "Mijo". In 2014
he also started writing again and to date he has released two EP's and
six singles available for download or streaming on all the major platforms.
Twenty new original plus three covers can also be heard on YouTube:
Aynsley Hay YouTube"
2020 Mark teamed up with fellow songwriter and singer Chris
Morris (ex Paper Lace guitarist and singer) together they have written
a number of new songs and are presently applying their individualism
to each other’s back catalogue of original compositions. Their
latest upload "MyBattle Scars" is an emotional and very poignant
song dealing with homelessness portrayed through the testimony of an
ex-soldier. All of their joint compositions are available for streaming
and download from all the major platforms, Spotify,YouTube, Deezer,
below are the links to Mark's latest uploads available for streaming
Please click on the song name
Happened To Christmas
A Strangers Eyes EP
Boys and Girls
la reine de la danse
Sombre Statesman EP