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Nashville’s Mark Collie to launch Prison Music Expression Program

The country artist partnered with Corizon Health Partners for the program. He will serve as the Music Therapy Ambassador, where he will mentor the men and women in expressing themselves through music. This 10-week pilot will begin in June in two Tennessee prisons. This program focuses on inmates diagnosed with a variety of mental illnesses such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, and substance abuse, among others.

The veteran country star will lead this music expression program with a variety of techniques, which include singing, songwriting, as well as playing musical instruments.

Collie is a firm believe that music is one of the most powerful and most effective medicines towards mental health and behavioral treatment.

“A guitar and a song saved my life and helped to heal me,” Collie said. “I believe it will do the same to many of those we are called to help inside and outside of prison walls.”

Mark Collie has been entertaining fans in the country genres since the 90’s, with his honky tonk and rockabilly style. He has recorded seven albums, and 16 of his songs charted on the Billboard Hot Country charts. His songs have been recorded by such noteworthy country acts as Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, George Jones and Alabama, among others. In the hit television show Nashville, he plays Frankie Gray.

This past winter, Digital Journal had chatted with Mark Collie about Alive At Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, which was released on Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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