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Mark Everton Gray has engineered and recorded hundreds of high-profile projects throughout his career. Manning the board behind the scenes, he has facilitated sessions for Norah Jones, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Maroon 5, and more — including multiple projects with the Killers to Imagine Dragons.
“The client's needs and desires are always first,” he says. “The audio engineer is the first one in and the last one out. I’m the guy behind the guy in the trenches. I just want the artist to walk away happy with the best-sounding final product: That’s my goal.”
Born and raised in New Jersey, Mark gravitated towards music as a kid. He participated in church choir and learned piano and drums. He developed his production acumen in a basement home studio during high school. With a bare-bones setup, he carefully recorded his high school band and, ultimately, embraced a passion for the process. In college, he interned at GRP Records and MTV Networks. 
Following his time at Syracuse University, he worked at Verve Music Group but realized he “belonged in the studio and not in a cubicle.” Mark relocated across the pond and graduated from the School of Audio Engineering in conjunction with Middlesex University in London, England, which included a stint in A&R at Island Def Jam. 
Upon returning to the States, he logged three years at Quad Recording Studios in New York City as an assistant engineer, working with Alicia Keys, Vanessa Williams, Wyclef Jean, the Roots, Wu-Tang Clan, and Lil’ Kim. He was also assistant engineer to the legendary Kevin “Caveman” Shirley (Rush, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden). 
Hired by another icon, Zoe Thrall — who rose to prominence running the Hit Factory and Avatar Studios in New York City —  Mark joined her at the ground floor of what would be one of the most successful recording hubs of the 21st century: the Studio at the Palms in Las Vegas.
For more than a decade at the Studio at the Palms, he worked alongside massively influential producers, including Quincy Jones, David Foster, Flood, Alan Moulder, Tricky Stewart, Bob Ezrin, Alan Parsons, Dr. Dre, Mark Ronson, and Bob Rock. Sessions spanned everyone from Elton John and Guns N’ Roses to Carlos Santana and Katy Perry. Along the way, he served as recording engineer for diverse highlights such as Imagine Dragons’ septuple-platinum Night Visions; Celine Dion’s chart-dominating Loved Me Back To Life; Marius Müller-Westernhagen’s Das Eine Liben, and Joe Bonamassa’s Billboard Top 200, Top 10 Different Shades of Blue— which also landed in the Top 3 of the Billboard Year-End Blues Chart of 2015. As a collector of vintage and modern analog equipment, Mark’s strengths have allowed him to combine the sound of this classic equipment with current technical trends. 
“I just come in, get as much information as possible from a client, and create an environment that my clients feel 100 percent comfortable and confident in,” he says. “You have to care for people in every way possible, not only in the recording and making of music.”   
After leaving the Studio at the Palms, he linked up with renowned bass player Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz, Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul) at his studio, Dug Deep Productions in Asbury Park, New Jersey, where Mark welcomed legends such as Bernard Purdie, Larry Campbell, Marius Mueller Westernhagen, and members of Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul for sessions. He also launched his company, Gray Noise, mixing various projects across genres. fostering the ideal creative haven in the region and on the East Coast at large.
“There’s nothing like knowing all of your hard work went into making an album,” he says. “It’s all about the client walking away happy.”

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