Songwriter, bassist and producer Mark Haynes is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota. As a session-bassist and songwriter for James Harris III and Terry Lewis of Flyte Time Productions, Mark recorded two platinum selling CDs with Janet Jackson and has appeared on dozens of other major recordings such as Gladys Knight’s Gems and Patti Labelle’s Too Good To Be Through, to name a few. He is a member of the three-time Grammy Award winning group, The Sounds Of Blackness, with whom, he has toured throughout the United States, South America, Europe and Asia.
Performance highlights include appearances at Royal Albert Hall in London, UK; Montreaux Jazz Festival, Switzerland; The Free Jazz Festival, Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paolo and Porto Alegre, Brazil; Zao Jazz Festival, Yamagata, Japan;
Mark has several motion picture soundtrack credits, for films such as Mo’ Money and The Money Train.
Mark is one of the co-founders of Groundfood, a group that is a fusion of hip-hop, soul and rock. He is a member of Montreal’s legendary Kalmunity Vibe Collective, and bassist for Malika Tirolien, Sofie Reed, Dark Maatr, Waahli and Nomadic Massive.
A powerful stage performer, Malika took the lead in Cirque Du Soleil’s La Nouba. Her performance caught the eyes and ears of Michael League of Snarky Puppy and she was invited to perform as one of eight on the Grammy winning release Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner. Her performance closes the now legendary performance with the powerful version of Malika’s song (with Frederick Varre) I’m Not The One.
Sofie Reed is a self-taught, independent, international touring grassroots artist whose unique, soulful style is loved and appreciated all over the world. Through a rich creative journey spanning three decades, Sofie has evolved as a vocalist, composer and one-of-a-kind musical visionary.
Her musical style encompasses roots-blues, folk-blues and even roots-appalachian-with-a-dalecarlian-twist. However it’s termed, Sofie thrills audiences all over the world with her extraordinary artistry.
Nomadic Massive raps and sings in English, French, Creole, Spanish and Arabic. This Montreal based multilingual crew has always pushed its message past all borders. Over the years, the musicians have had the opportunity to share the stage with top notch artists, providing an action-packed show, where the crowd is an integral part of the concert.
Groundfood formed in the independant-music-mecca of Montreal, Quebec in 2009. The band consists of bassist Mark Haynes, drummer Jahsun, guitarist Jordan Peters, keyboardist Parker Shper, singer Malika Tirolien & saxophonist Adam Kinner.