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article imageMark McGrath talks 'Under the Sun Tour,' Sugar Ray and career Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 19, 2014 in Music
Mark McGrath is the lead singer of the acclaimed rock group Sugar Ray. He chatted about their upcoming "Under The Sun Tour 2014."
For this tour, Sugar Ray will share the stage with such musical acts as Uncle Kracker, Smash Mouth, Blues Traveler, as well as Gin Blossoms and Sister Hazel on select dates. The tour begins on June 27 in Omaha, Nebraska's Memorial Park, and on July 29, they will make a concert stop at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island. "The Paramount is one of the greatest venues in the country. There is just magic in the air in that venue and the staff is so great there. The vibe is so good in there and you cannot create vibe. Each year, it gets better and better. I look so forward to that stop. We will be up there rocking," he said.
"On this tour, we have a lot of diversity this year and all four bands are so big," he added.
Throughout his career with Sugar Ray, McGrath has enjoyed four Top 10 hits such as "Someday," "When It's Over," "Fly" and "Every Morning." "We have been very fortunate and that was just the band's resume but it's pretty impressive. 'Fly' was voted as the No. 52 best song on VH1's Top 100 Songs of the 90s and that blows my mind. The passion for me for these songs grows as I get older and it doesn't go away," he said.
McGrath has sold tours worldwide and has scored several multi-platinum albums and he has graced the covers of such noteworthy publications as Spin and Rolling Stone. "The Rolling Stone cover was a long time ago, when I was a younger man but it's one hell of an accomplishment. To think of all the band and the men and women that have been on that cover. It is something I will always be proud of," he said.
He shared that he is motivated each day thanks to his twin children, who will be four years old. "I look at them and they just motivate me. I want them to be proud of me and I work hard for them," he said. "I love to perform and that is inside my heart. My kids and my love for performing help me get out of bed each day."
McGrath collaborated with country global superstar Shania Twain on her song "Party For Two," which he recalled as a fun experience. "I got a call from her people to see if I wanted to do a duet with her and I said 'tell me when and where.' It was unbelievable. We recorded the song in her castle in Switzerland and I did two weeks of promo with her on a private jet in Europe and that was incredible. She couldn't have been more lovely and that was one of the highlights of my musical career. She was amazing," he said.
He listed rocker Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders as his dream female duet choice. "Chrissie is such a great songwriter and when you look at her, she has an almost androgynous approach to music. She rocks her butt off and she is an incredible musician and songwriter. That is the biggest compliment I could give her," he said.
Aside from his music, he is also a multi-faceted television personality where he has hosted the singing competition series Killer Karaoke, as well as Extra, Don't Forget The Lyrics and he was crowned three-time champion on VH1's Rock and Roll Jeopardy.
McGrath has served as a guest judge on the hit reality singing competition, American Idol. "That was around 2005. I got the call from the Idol folks to be a judge and it included a contestant called 'Scary Mary' who was at my audition in Washington, D.C. Watching those auditions on TV might be weird, but imagine being in the room with that person auditioning. It was unbelievable, but a lot of fun. Constantine Maroulis was on my episode and he became a famous American Idol alum and he is on Broadway," he said.
He feels that "writing hit songs" will give anybody longevity in the music industry. "When you have these giant hits that people resonate with, that's a testament," he said. "We love the music and we love performing and that's the reason we are still playing today. We will still be playing them as long as people want to hear them."
For more information on the "Under the Sun Tour 2014" show dates, visit its official website.
To learn more about Mark McGrath, visit his official website and his band's page by clicking here.
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