"I listened to most of your songs and they are great. I could identify with several of them. On first blush, I would have to say that my favorites were "Toy Soldiers" - I could just see you there with some die cast character wreaking havoc; "Where's My Soul' - Made me contemplate where my heart/treasure is; "Torocagua" - Made me reminisce about the places and people that changed me on my mission; and "Dance With the Devil" - Made me thing about the way I skirt around certain things at times ... not really bad but no all that good either. "Two Houses" was kind of cool too ..."
"I have always believed that music (all music) is spiritual & can be an instrument for good & evil. Mark's music is a great example of using this gift for good. I come from a background of heavy metal bands & the rock & roll lifestyle & I have a deep appreciation for the power of music. Today I seek to promote the truth & teach eternal principles with the gift I have been given. I really enjoy Marks music & his desire to help our youth discover that you can rock without quenching the Spirit."
-John Hofman (www.myspace.com/jshrocks4u)
"One musician I have been fortunate enough to meet did not come out of anyone's cookie cutter. Mark Hansen loves rock music and ballads and he does both well. He has the talent to celebrate the Gospel in his music, finding a topic that needs a song and then writing something that fits his musical style so very well.
"Likewise is Mark's gift to memorialize an event and help the listener feel the event; a talent that truly shined following one school shoot-out about which he wrote a tribute that left the listener feeling as if they had been there and had felt the pain of the day personally. Mark must have read C.S. Lewis' instructions to not describe something so a reader can see it but so well that they feel it. He gives the listener some of the freshest views of either gospel topics or current events of any artist I know. You are left thinking to yourself, “I never looked at it that way!”
"Mark has cut one album, and he also has new material at his website for downloading. Visit him and discover that some great celebratory truths (like making a '”joyful noise”) need the extra power and energy Mark gives them."
-Bruce T Forbes, in a Meridian Magazine article
"I just feel like I have to say something- my brothers and I are in a band and love to rock out, but we couldn't really find the direction we wanted to take our music until my brother heard about you and we got a cd. Your music has changed my life, and now I can't stop listening to it!”
“Man I got to tell ya. I have played Hard rock, Punk Rock, Metal, But your stuff leaves me with out words... After coming back into the church my life has changed a lot. I just never thought I would hear some thing in LDS rock that I would like.
” Keep it up! Love the sound!”
-- Rod - "idahobassplayer".
"Hey, sorry 2 bother u again. But Bro i'm diggin in ur new jams. I'm lovin 'Where's My Soul'. I just downloaded them. Holy crap, they r kickin. Anyhoo, I'll chat with u laterz. Have a good day. Peace!"
- John - "downman720051", off a text message chat
"Mark, I got your CD today. I am brought to tears at the toy soldier song. That is the one I want to focus on. Especially now that the whole Iraq thing is going on, and frankly, I don't see us being out of war ever again, so this is an instant classic to me. Thanks again for that."
"I often wonder if it's even possible for an artist to ever know their impact. I wish you could hear the excitement/appreciation in the voices of so many people I have told about your music. It always starts the same way...
"'I wish there was something out there that had good lyrics but to the kind of
music I like.'
"I always talk about the variety on LDSmusicians and they say, 'No I mean rock music'. It has been so fun to refer them to your site."
"Mark, no one could have connected with that group of kids like you did. Your message of hope, rising above the challenges life gives you, and optimism in the face of this world's pessimism was eaten up by them. What a wonderful and appropriate message."
"(Pharisee is) In a word... Awesome... and cool! --In two words... awesome and cool... and creative! --In three words... awesome and cool and creative and infectious! --Great job, Mark. Sounds fantastic!"
"I was skeptical when I first saw the link to "LDS Rock Music" because I had always thought that what I had seen on some 'religious' programs was very sacrilegious ('Jesus Christ is in the house' set to a rap tune). So with that fear, I downloaded the three songs that you have available, and was very pleasantly surprised. They are interesting tunes, and songs that teach gospel standards without trying to be hymns...Thanks for your time and thanks for sharing your talents to help out the youth of the Church who so easily are beset by struggles."
Come back often to hear about new songs and shows. Mark also has other sites and blogs, including Mark's Black Pot and his MoBoy blog.