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    Jericho/mark Salling

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    Genre:Alternative, Rock
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Creature lyrics
    2Smoke Signals lyrics
    3Incredible Feeling lyrics
    4Pleasant Theresa lyrics
    Illusions lyrics
    6Laen lyrics
    Fugitive lyrics
    Musical Soulmate lyrics
    The Descent (Confessions of a Ghost) lyrics
    10This Time of Year lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Pipe Dreams [2010]
    2Smoke Signals [2008]


    From his website:
    Breaking as many hearts across the country as Nielson ratings, singer/songwriter/actor and spokesperson for KIIS FM Clear Channel's international "Safe Driving Campaign," MARK SALLING, whose brooding good looks could make you faint, rounds out the most-versatile cast to hit the FOX TV line-up, as bad-boy "Noah Puckerman," "Puck," on 19-time Emmy-nominated powerhouse series of the decade, "Glee." By the end of Season One, the show about the will of the underdog and importance of arts education, will have taken home a Golden Globe Award ("Best Television Series, Comedy/ Musical"), SAG Award ("Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series"), People's Choice Award ("Favorite New TV Comedy"), TV Land Award ("Future Classic Award"), GLAAD Award, Peabody Award, and multiple Teen Choice Awards (including "Best Comedy") while gracing countless coveted covers and pages of Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, Teen Vogue, Maxim, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, etc. Guaranteed by the Los Angeles Times "to make you happy," repetitively stated by Entertainment Weekly as "something worth singing about," boldly proclaimed by TV Guide Magazine as "the year's happiest treat, a wondrous explosion of creative excess and musical bliss, uproariously funny and a true original cause to celebrate," and touted by virtually every weekly magazine as the "best new show," "Glee" has sent this newcomer cast of twelve on an expressway to fame. By the looks of it they'll be basking in it for a while.

    Set to debut his much-anticipated solo record "Pipe Dreams" on his own label "Pipe Dream Records" on October 12th, 2010 in partnership with Universal Music Group and Fontana Distribution, Salling chronicles the seven-year musical journey with a sound reminiscent of early classic Rock 'n' Roll, alternative, and a 60's folk-beat era sound. He also serves as the writer/ performer/ producer on each track.

    Starring opposite comic-genius Jane Lynch (40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, ROLE MODELS) and Broadway veteran Lea Michelle in the biggest TV phenomenon of the generation, Salling, whose soulful hazel eyes even take a backseat to his soulful sound, he has comfortably accepted the role as the show's breakout star and sex-symbol, as he brings to the already-talented ensemble an unparalleled dedication to the craft and a darker, alternative edge in music, looks and style. Musical background and villainous swagger in tow, Salling highlights the show created by Ryan Murphy (creator and executive behind "Nip/Tuck" and "Popular"), that recently claimed a record-shattering 13.6 million viewers in the highly-anticipated "Power of Madonna" episode, and stands as the highest-rated primetime series in all networks in the last decade, posing a critical threat for not only the nine o'clock timeslot but all Tuesday night programming, scripted and unscripted.

    Always a musician first and at heart, Salling recently released his debut solo album "Smoke Signals," under the pseudonym "Jericho," and has already begun working on his sophomore album. A jack-of-all-trades, Salling plays guitar, piano, bass and drums while writing, producing and singing lead vocals on all his tracks and even lending his original songs to other artists as Josh Green and Danielle McKee. A sound unlike any other, Salling's music is an eclectic blend of indie and alternative rock, with the timelessness of Radiohead, and pop appeal of Coldplay. Drawing much of his inspiration from musical groundbreakers as Thom Yorke and Trent Reznor, Salling has committed to a lifestyle of perfecting his primary passion, branching out into all genres, jazz, country, rock, pop and even hip-hop.

    Salling, a native of the lone star state left Dallas, Texas with nothing but a suitcase and guitar, moved to Tinsletown, hoping to catch a break and make it on talent alone. But as with most who head out west, the beginning was slow-going—he attended the Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena, CA and got a job teaching guitar lessons .

    A career years in the making, and five agonizing auditions for "Glee" later, Salling booked the role of "Puck," the hardcore jock wired with showtunes, beating out several well-known actors for the part.

    When he's not filming the show, Salling can almost always be found behind a guitar or set of keys. Additionally, he enjoys playing basketball, frisbee golf and lifting weights while remaining active in his love of birds and wildlife by volunteering with the James Hunter Wildlife Rescue charity. He enjoys jazz nights at local Hollywood bars and always makes sure there is time left over for his beloved Blue Heeler, "Hank."

    from Fancast.com:
    Texas native Mark Salling skyrocketed to fame playing the egocentric yet sweet jock Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the award-winning musical comedy "Glee" (Fox, 2009- ), a television series that blended witty comedy, teen angst, and show- stopping musical numbers to great effect. The story of a small town high school and the social outcasts that make up its struggling yet talented glee club, the Ryan Murphy-created "Glee" became an overnight phenomenon when it premiered to huge ratings in early 2009. As the mohawk-sporting alpha male Puck, Salling's character was the show's biggest revelation - that the power of song could turn even the meanest school bully into a proper leading man - while the actor's natural charisma, raw talent and unmistakable "It" factor truly made him one of Hollywood's best discoveries in years.

    Mark Wayne Salling was born on Aug. 17, 1982 in Dallas, TX. The future star graduated from Lake Highlands High School in 2001 before moving west armed only with a suitcase and his guitar to attend the Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena, CA. Salling began his acting career in the 1996 film "Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering," in which he played one of several children in a small town who is possessed by the ghost of a wrongfully murdered preacher. The movie also starred then-unknown actress Naomi Watts, who went on to star in blockbusters such as "The Ring" (2002). A financially strapped Salling then took a few years off from acting to earn a living by teaching guitar lessons and working on a burgeoning music career. The singer, songwriter, and musician - he played guitar, piano, bass, and drums - occasionally performed under the stage name Jericho, and released his debut album Smoke Signals (2008) on an independent label. He described his music then as a combination of indie and alternative rock, influenced by bands such as Radiohead and Coldplay. Having given his music career a shot, Salling returned to acting in 2006, landing a role in the independent horror film "The Graveyard."

    Struggling to find bigger projects in Hollywood, Salling considered packing up and moving back to Texas. However, his manager convinced him to stay long enough to audition for a new series titled "Glee" from writer and producer Ryan Murphy, who created the provocative medical drama "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 2003-10). Determined to stand out from other actors, Salling cut his hair into a mohawk for his "Glee" audition and was immediately cast as self-centered football player Noah "Puck" Puckerman who discovers a kinder, gentler side of himself when singing in the glee club. When it premiered in 2009, "Glee" was unlike anything on television at the time. The musical comedy series followed a group of students - all from different social statuses - who join their high school glee club despite being ostracized by the rest of the school. Even though "Glee" featured Broadway stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele, and improv comedy veteran Jane Lynch, the cast consisted mostly of newcomers.

    Salling's "Puck" was introduced on the pilot episode as an egotistical jock who torments the glee club members, including Lea Michele's overachieving singer Rachel, by throwing Slushie drinks in their faces. He eventually joins the club as a favor to his best friend and fellow footballer Finn (Cory Monteith) and to get closer to Quinn (Dianna Agron), the head cheerleader - and Finn's girlfriend - who happens to be carrying his child, unbeknownst to Finn. Viewers began to see the softer side of Salling's character throughout the first season while his mohawk, muscles and moody good looks earned him a spot on People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" issue in 2009. The series was both a commercial and critical success, winning a 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy, and a 2010 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

    While the plot for "Glee" had its fair share of drama and sight gags, the show's heart truly came from the music. Each episode featured the cast's memorable renditions of Broadway show tunes, rock power ballads, and Top 40 hits. Salling covered Neil Diamond's 1969 classic "Sweet Caroline" on the episode "Mash-Up," which was then released on iTunes that same week. The single reached No. 34 on Billboard's digital downloads chart and was included on the album compilation, Glee: The Music, Volume 1 (2009). In May 2010, Salling joined his "Glee" co-stars on a four-city concert tour, where they performed the show's spectacular musical numbers.

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