Season Two (2014)
Mark Wills – Host
Have a chat with Mark Wills for a few minutes, and he’s likely to discuss the passions of his life – his music, his family, the live concerts, his TV show “3 Gun Nation,” and of course the social causes that he pours himself into.
Wills has numerous hits under his belt already – “Jacob’s Ladder,” “Don’t Laugh At Me,” “I Do (Cherish You)” and his seven-week number one smash, “19 Something,” which was the 2nd most played song at country radio for the 2010 decade to name just a few. In addition, he has sold millions of albums. However, he’s not even close to being finished.
Anyone who has ever seen him in concert, or spoken with him for more than a few minutes about music, knows that inside this wonderful, humble, delightful, good ol’ boy, country singer dwells a soul that could rock the socks off Metallica if he had the urge to do so. Wills is successful in remaining true to his country heart. He delivers music with a refreshing and energetic edge that guarantees that music lovers of every genre will remain entertained from first cut to last.
It’s really telling about the kind of soul Mark is by paying attention not only to his music, but to what he doesn’t talk and sing about. He lights up when you ask about his trips overseas to entertain the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s taken over 6 trips usually over the holiday season to perform for our fighting men and women of the Armed Forces. He feels it’s his duty to our country to do what he can for those who sacrifice, even if it means taking time away from his own wife and two daughters, Mally and Macey.
It would seem that Mark doesn’t brag about his community service work because he thinks it’s a responsibility we share as Americans. “First of all, it’s a privilege to provide a little joy and entertainment for these people. The first time I went, it was a life-changing experience,” says Wills. “The freedom that we have is not something that I take for granted and it’s an honor to be able to go over and play for these people – they’re literally giving their lives for us. And maybe by playing a show for them, you can take their mind off all of the bad stuff and danger, even if it’s just for a little while.”
When you hear Mark beaming about his own daughters, it’s pretty obvious that a guy this giving would be associated with the Children’s Miracle Network. “It’s such a great thing since all of the money you contribute goes to hospitals in your area – to help children close to you. I am very proud to be a friend to the Children’s Miracle Network.”
So how does a guy involved in all of these organizations as well as raising a family have time for a musical career? And we haven’t even mentioned his TV show, 3 Gun Nation yet! As mentioned, Mark Wills is first and foremost an artist, especially a singer, but doing a show like “3 Gun Nation,” portrays a different aspect of his personality. “I really love doing the show,” says Mark. “I
Mark is one of these people whose appetite for life surpasses what most people can only dream of – there are so many things that this guy has going on, it’s almost exhausting just hearing about it – let alone living it! However, more than anything else Mark Wills is an ‘artist.’ And beyond that – a great singer. And when the book is written 20 or 30 years from now, how does Mark want to be remembered? Well, not by how many albums he sold… or how long his hits stayed at number one. Mark says it very clearly and simply. It’s all about the voice. “I don’t really care about the numbers game,” he says. I just want to be remembered as a great singer – someone who sang great songs.”