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Mark Wills Biography

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Birth Name: Daryl Mark Williams
Born: 1973/08/08
Birth Place: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Years Active: 1996-present
Genres: Country

Daryl Mark Williams (born August 8, 1973, in Cleveland, Tennessee) is an American country music artist, known professionally as Mark Wills.

Signed to Mercury Records between 1996 and 2003, he released five studio albums for the label — “Mark Wills,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Permanently,” “Loving Every Minute” and “And the Crowd Goes Wild” — as well as a greatest hits package.

In that same timespan, he charted 16 singles on the Billboard Country Songs chart, all of which made the Top 40. After leaving Mercury in 2003, he signed to Equity Music Group and charted three more singles. Two of these were later included on his sixth studio album, “Familiar Stranger,” which was released on the Tenacity label in 2008.

Besides these, six more of his singles have reached Top 10 on the chart, including his debut single “Jacob's Ladder,” “Places I've Never Been,” “I Do (Cherish You),” “Don't Laugh at Me,” “She's in Love” and a cover version of Brian McKnight's “Back at One.”

Of his albums, “Wish You Were Here” is the best-selling, with a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. This album's title track and the late 2002 release “19 Somethin'” both reached #1 on the Billboard Country Songs chart. In 2011 he released the studio album, “Looking for America,” on the Gracie Productions label.