By Debbie Burke
Our very own Mt. Pocono-based student Mark Isaiah has sung his way to NBC’s The Voice Top 10 Finalists. On November 11, Mark will perform at the Sherman Theater to debut his love song “Wanna Go.” The song was one of his first; it was produced by T-Town with lyrics by Mark and Taj Jackson. Mark said he wrote it “on the spot.”
Mark is working on new songs that, with “Wanna Go,” will appear on an upcoming EP (album). He’s been singing since about the age of two and has always had the encouragement of his family. “Support from family means everything, I’m super grateful for all they do,” he said. “In the Poconos, I have received an abundant amount of love. It truly means everything.”
He chose the Sherman Theater because it’s Mark’s hometown concert hall. Also, says Mark, “The Sherman Theater is an iconic and historic venue in the northeast region.”
The other regional finalists displayed their talent too, and Mark is in good company. “I’m excited to share the stage with The Voice’s Top 20 JCHOSEN, Fusia Dance Center, and Gallagher School of Irish Dancing. I appreciate all the media support and the promotional efforts of CILA LLC Management. It’s going to be an incredible show.”
Mark and Gil Coronado of CILA LLC Management have known each other for a few years, because Gil had worked with Mark’s father, Robinson Peralta, a salsa performer in his own right. “I never knew of Mark’s talent,” Gil admits. “He was shy and reserved. When I saw Mark on The Voice, I couldn’t believe it. I know we’re going to accomplish great things together.”
The writing, the prep and the mixing in the studio is just part of the work that goes into production. Mark says that the best part, however, is when the song is complete. “There’s nothing better than that feeling of accomplishment. You immediately feel anxious to share this excitement with fans. It’s the best!”
Born in NYC, Mark and his family (two sisters, one brother and their parents) soon moved to Mt. Pocono. He describes his family as “very tight-knit” as well as influential on his music; his father headlines the Roby Peralta Salsa Band and Mark’s brother is also musically inclined. “I want to show people how universal music is and how it can bring people together,” he says.
“I can’t wait to connect with my fans and give my first official concert. It’s going to be really special!”
The upcoming performance at the Sherman Theater will run on November 11. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m.
Photo credit copyright Marc Anderson/The White Barn Studio. www.thewhitebarnstudio.com
For more information, visit www.shermantheater.com.