it's not often that we get a chance to gush over our significant other, but today is that day for me. i've tackled several projects for dr. mark lassiter, residentially and commercially, and today i'm blogging about the music studio i've designed for him. mark isn't just an amazing dentist, he's also a musician; a really great musician. last year he wrote a song just for me entitled 'you're my favorite' - talk about making your heart skip a beat! you can check it out along with his first album on his website mark lassiter music.
he recently asked me to transform a room at his dental clinic into a music studio where he can start working on his second full-length album. say no more, take a look at my vision for the space.
a little information about mark...
Mark Lassiter’s life’s work is mending bodies and souls. As a singer-songwriter, his balmy and emotive pop-rock offers listeners a sweet catharsis. As a dentist, he channels this artistic sensitivity when treating his patients. His musician resume includes working alongside members of the Foo Fighters, The Wallflowers, Collective Soul, and Blind Melon, among others, and he’s often known as “the dentist to the rock stars.”
“Music is a great jumping off point for conversation with patients. It builds trust and eliminates anxiety through establishing a human connection,” the Norwood, North Carolina-based dentist/artist says. “The common thread between my practice and my music is healing.”
Lassiter has garnered favorable comparisons to Phil Collins, Stevie Winwood, and Train. His richly resonate vocals and refined pop is broadly appealing, encompassing the adult contemporary and acoustic pop genres. Esteemed online tastemakerMothpod.com voted his previous album "Top 20 Indie Album of 2009." His song, “Living Past,” was used by Grammy Winner Rami Jaffee (The Wallflowers, Foo Fighters) in Jaffee’s short form documentary about session players and producers played as a video installation in Los Angeles’s Grammy Museum.
His latest project is an EP called Endlessly. It’s a poignant mini-narrative of healing created from 2 years that spanned heartbreak to discovering new love. “It’s unapologetic,” Lassiter explains. “It’s: ‘This is who I am. I’ve been through hell, but I’ve glimmered the other side. ‘ My biggest recurring theme is optimism after difficult events.” The EP opens with “Endlessly,” a memoir of a splintering relationship and introspective turmoil encased in inviting pastoral pop. He gets boldly vulnerable on “Life’s Like That,” and later finds salvation on “You’re My Favorite,” a gorgeous and grand welcoming of new love.
Lassiter discovered his musical gifts after dental school. He was going through rocky times and found solace in writing and recording his own songs. The advent of social media in the early 2000s allowed him to share his talents with his favorite contemporary musicians through online networking. Soon, these artists became trusted collaborators and patients. “One cool story is that I got an emergency call to work on an artist right after he performed for President Obama. I’ll never forget me and my patient being escorted out of the arena by the Secret Service,” he recalls. Lassiter also bridges his dental work with music philanthropically. He is a supporter of the Grammy Foundation MusiCares to which he donates his time as a dentist and organizing benefit shows in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Up next for Lassiter is an indie rock record under the moniker Fringe, and a second solo full-length album. Throughout his journey, the most meaningful moments have been the connections he’s made with fans and patients. One fan confided to Lassiter that he listened to one of his songs to stave off suicidal urges. Lassiter says: “That was huge for me. My ultimate goal is to be a healer on both planes, with my patients and with those who enjoy my music.”
you can also follow along with mark professionally, i highly recommend you check out his blog for amazing before and afters!
i've once again teamed up with mauldin construction to tackle this project and it's well underway. i hope mark's new studio will be inspiring for all the great music he has to share. i love you babe, this is for you!
stay tuned for install pics!!! design swell. live well.