Mark U sees music as... another tool for humans to communicate honestly and authentically. His goal is to create and inspire dialogue, an objective he sees as music’s historical and most basic mission. Inspired by the talents of Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill, Jim
Raised in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
Mark Paul Joseph Ugbomah was born to Jamaican parents; his father was originally from England with roots in Nigeria before meeting his mother. Mark attributes his love of music to his father. “I was around music so much growing up that it was reactionary for me. My dad started off as a Dancehall/Reggae artist and steadily moved towards Ska.”
As his father traveled often as a performing artist, Mark notes that his time with his father on tour also shaped his sound and awareness of the life around him. “It opened me up to understanding that no matter what the difference may be on our physical presence or ideology, we all can and will experience a lot of the same things. Morrison, Rakim, Andre 3000, and Digable Planets, to name a few, Mark U’s most influential muse is undoubtedly the community that surrounded him throughout his childhood. “Growing up, Hip Hop wasn't music, it was how we lived everyday in my community.” In life and music is one of the biggest factors that brings us back to that truth.”
Mark experienced life in Venezuela, Columbia, London, and Jamaica in addition to absorbing the strong presence of the Caribbean and other island culture within his East Flatbush community.
Over the last eight years, Mark U has worked on crafting his music to be as transparent and transcendent as possible. “My purpose for creating and sharing music is to elevate my mind and consciousness, as well as those who choose to listen it.” Soul Odyssey is the culmination of this eight- year journey and the life
With initial aspirations of being a basketball player, Mark’s interests shifted towards perfecting his musical craft after hearing Lauryn Hill's critically acclaimed album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, off of Hill’s 1998 critically acclaimed solo debut. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, paired with his deep appreciation for the introspective artistry of Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley, Mark began his journey as a contemporary storyteller
His debut project, Soul Odyssey, is his way of connecting with his fans
on a deeper, more spiritual level. As he explains, “odyssey means a journey, and whether we label it as our mind or soul, we're all on a journey that starts from within.”
that awaits. His lead single, Lost in the Tide, is the first icebreaker in what is sure to be an ongoing conversation within the music community.