Mark Haze lands Universal record deal

2011-12-08 07:16
Cape Town - Idols 7 runner-up Mark Haze has signed a recording agreement with Universal Music Group just two months after wrapping up the popular TV show.

A difference of 1% in the final votes saw 29-year-old Haze lose the Idols 7 title to 21-year-old Dave van Vuuren in October 2011.

Benjy Mudie of Universal Music said in a press statement on Wednesday: "Mark lives and breathes music, a true musician and bone fide rock star.

"His uncanny ability to mould his phenomenal voice to a wide range of genres and his commitment to his craft makes him a natural to sign to the label," said Mudie.

Mark Haze played in the Cape Town-based rock band 12th Avenue before entering Idols, and now performs with his band under the name Mark Haze.

Speaking of the record deal, Haze said: "I am extremely honoured and proud to be joining the Universal Music Group family.
"To be signed by the same label as so many of my heroes is a dream come true."

Artists such as Elvis Blue, The Arrows and Dave van Vuuren are signed to Universal.

Mark will begin recording his debut album in January 2012.

Comments

  • Riette - 2011-12-08 07:34

    Just proves he's the better artist

  • thelma.engelbrecht - 2011-12-08 08:08

    YES YES YES! A true artist don't have to win, to get a record deal! =)

  • renejupp - 2011-12-08 08:43

    Well deserved Mark! You're proving to be the one that's going to last :)

  • Ken - 2011-12-08 09:11

    I always said he was better and more versatile that the winner.

  • Celesté - 2011-12-08 09:12

    Well done Mark :-)

  • Sean - 2011-12-08 09:14

    "His uncanny ability to mould his phenomenal voice to a wide range of genres and his commitment to his craft makes him a natural to sign to the label," said Mudie. Uhhhhm, he's had this all the time so why didn't they sign him up last year or the year before while he was on stage gigging away working his butt off with his band? Record labels are so lame... they need TV shows to find them talent. Who needs them in this day and age. Their shelf life is going to get shorter and shorter if they are not adding any real value to music. They are only usefull for CD distribution.

  • pam.mattheus - 2011-12-08 12:32

    Well done Mark, you deserve all the recognition you get - you are a fantastic artist. Can't wait for your album.

  • Melissa - 2011-12-09 23:26

    Mark I Knew it all the way from the begging when you sang at universal and then got the gold card i harrased kevin for months asking him if you were gonna use it because i new from the first song on that God gave you the blessing of performance music and entertainment and the ability to bless so manny others through your manny gifts. Congrats From your biggest Florida Fans cant wait to hear you live again some day soon :) Kevin&Missy

  • elmien.koen - 2011-12-12 21:47

    Congratulations, Mark! Always knew you would make it big and wouldn't have to worry. You have a huge following of fans and I'm proud to say I'm definitely one of them. Can't wait to get your package tomorrow with the 4 albums already released!! :-D

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