A committed Rastafarian, Mark Wonder, born Mark Thompson in Kingston, Jamaica stands out with his poignant message and powerful delivery. From the first note, his unique vocal timbre is at once identifiable and compelling to any ear.
Out of a coterie of contemporaries, Mark has risen to establish himself as a pillar in the roots and culture arena. Commonly known as the “Dragon Slayer” his influences include many American R&B icons of the 60’s and 70’s. His vocal styling and spot- on intonation is reminiscent of artists such as Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye. Drawing from the great Jamaican roots artists including but not limited to Burning Spear, Bob Andy and Dennis Brown, he is committed to the tradition of marrying his militant message with melody in a captivating style.
As a youth, he constantly raised his voice in song and began performing with smaller sound sets in his neighboring community. He talent was spotted early and he spent a short spell with Black Stars before moving on to Black Scorpio who released his first single entitled “Caution”. Thus began his prolific recording career in which he has consistently delivered powerful and meaningful bodies of work.
Over time, Mark has recorded a plethora of roots and praise songs, many of which have been recognized and lauded by both the Jamaican and international press. His vocal timbre is distinct and identifiable as it soars through the air with the power of a trumpet. Without question, his stage performances are electrifying as he delivers his conscious message dominated by themes of love and liberation. He has toured in Europe (France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and more) and made appearances at a limited number of US reggae festivals including Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and North West World and Reggae Fest.
His discography includes 8 full-length recordings and an EP with many singles interspersed along the way. His music is distributed both traditionally and digitally on iTunes and Amazon. He continues to stay contemporary by recording singles on the latest rhythms emerging from Jamaica.
Well respected by his peers, he has collaborated with many artist including Sizzla, Gentleman, Luciano, Capelton, Bob Andy and Natural Black to name a few. The video for his single “Don’t Worry” with Sizzla and Gentleman has been viewed over 3 million times on Youtube alone.
2016 began with the video debut of his single “Inalysis” on Reggaeville.com. The year ahead will focus on “Scrolls of the Levite” (NowTime Sound) and Mark will be on the road – touring in support of his latest release.
- Sign of the Times
- Break the Ice
- Live at the Couple
- Victory: The Mystery Unfolds
- True Stories of Mark Wonder & friends
- Working Wonders
- Battle Axe (EP – French exclusive)
- Scrolls of the Levite