Credit: VLNY / Splash News Photo: Mark Ballas Gives 'Tude

Mark Ballas is a great dancer, and now he’s a great musician, too. Though he’s been playing music since he was a youngster.

“I have been playing guitar since I was 10 — so 14 years; and I started getting into song writing when I was like 13. That’s when I kind of started, you know, playing around a lot. I can still remember my first song. It was absolutely terrible. But yeah, I was about 13 or 12 when I started.”

And now Mark is putting that musical background to good use. His first solo album is coming out very soon. “I just finally approved the masters yesterday, so — we spent a lot of time on it and have writing the songs for quite a while now. So, to finally hear them come to life in a huge form, rather than just me and the acoustic guitars, has been really rewarding and amazing.  The producer I worked with, Rob Chiarelli, has been so great to work with. He’s been like a mentor to help me and to show me — because sometimes I’m like ‘Let’s do this, that and the other’ and he’s like ‘no, no, pull it back’. So he’s helped show me where to be simple and then where to go for it. The record is sounding really great and I am excited for people to hear it.” We’re excited too, Mark.

Source: Martin Guitar