Mark Stephen Payne is a native of Baltimore, Maryland now residing in Tampa, Florida.
Mark was a child prodigy and at age 7 began playing piano and organ. Studied music at the
Peabody Preparatory School of Music, as well as the Shenandoah University. Played in churches,
top 40 bands and jazz bands during his High School and College years. Although raised in church,
his conversion experience with Jesus Christ was sealed at age 17. His music has afforded him the
opportunity to travel throughout the United States, Canada, The Caribbean Islands, Europe, Asia,
South Africa. Some highlights of his career: Mark got his start in the gospel music industry with
nationally known gospel artists The Thornes Trio on the Savoy label and recorded 4 albums.
He composed and arranged music for Dony and Reba McQuire’s release “Suddenly”, and was featured
on keyboards. He also arranged and recorded songs on Gospel Music Hall of fame inductee Larnelle
Harris’s “A Story to Tell” and traveled with him for 8 years. Was a featured pianist on a east coast tour
with the legendary Edwin Hawkins (Oh Happy Day) which included Carnegie Hall. Mark was also one
of five pianists featured in Dino Kartsonakis spectacular “Pianorama”. He was
the pianist and organist for Morris Cerullo World Evangelism for many years. He is
currently the minister of music at his local church. His instrumental
recordings include: Perfect Peace, Glorify Him, Secret Place, Secret Place 2, Mark Payne Christmas, Test of
Time and his most recent release Secret Place 3.
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