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Musical achievement
Area musician Mark Cartwright to be inducted into Atlanta Country Music/Georgia Music Hall of Fame
W Mark at the Grand Ol Opry
Mark Cartwright performs on stage at the Grand Ole Opry in 1982 in Nashville, Tenn. - photo by Special

Mark Cartwright, who will be inducted into the Atlanta Country Music/Georgia Music Hall of Fame on Nov. 30, has roots in the Statesboro area, playing and singing in the 1970s and '80s at places like the Holiday Inn.

“I remember Statesboro fondly,” said Cartwright, now of Midway, Ga., “and how responsive to my music everyone seemed to be. It will always hold a very special place in my heart. It’s a fantastic little community and very
supportive.”

Cartwright’s lifetime achievements include a hit Christian song called “The Gospel Boogie.” The song remained at the top position on the SoundClick social media charts four consecutive weeks and helped solidify his place in Georgia country and Christian music. He also wrote and recorded “I’m Still Missin’ You,” which was a country hit.

He travels extensively across the U.S., playing country and Christian music concerts. Upcoming performances will be held in such places as Wrightsville, Ga.; Brunswick; Pierre Part, La.; and Donaldsonville, La.

“My life has been somewhat topsy-turvy up until my wife and I gave our lives to the Lord back in 2009,” he said. “At that time, I became a licensed/ordained preacher of the gospel and haven’t looked back.”

Cartwright formed his own record label, MRA Records, in 2009 and opened a recording studio in Midway with the same name. He records and produces in the studio six days each week unless he’s on the road performing.

“I currently record on the label and also allow other artists to come in and record as well,” he said. “Having been involved in playing and singing music since 1974, folks trust my opinions about their music. I love what I’m doing and hope to be doing it for a long time to come.”

In 1981 and 1982, Cartwright performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., meeting many country and gospel artists and sharing notes on performing.

“I’ve been blessed to have known some of the best in the music industry and to glean their wisdom through the years,” he said.

Cartwright and his wife, Scarlett, travel and sing wherever they are invited for free.

“We love spreading God’s word through music and preaching across the U.S.,” he said. “We are available for sings, revivals and homecomings and can be contacted at (225) 264-2182 or by email at evangelistmarkcartwright@yahoo.com.

“When God saved my wife and me, he transformed us and brought us into a personal relationship with him — not ‘head knowledge’ but ‘heart acceptance,’” he added.

The Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame was created by John Carson and Phyllis Cole in 1982 and inducts outstanding musical performers each year. It recognizes outstanding contributions and achievements in the music industry.

Cartwright will be one of those inducted this year and is excited about the honor but remains humble.

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