, 2022-11-17 21:04:42,
Harry D. Butler
“Any minute now, my ship is coming in, I’ll keep checking the horizon, I’ll stand on the bow.”
“Waiting for My Real Life to Begin,” Colin Hay’s great song from a few years back, is a fitting way to launch the story of Dr. Mark “Moke” Ivey.
He’s a former Gadsden resident who made it big in Nashville as a backup singer, retired 10 years ago, but now has stepped into the forefront and released his first solo album.
“Moke Ivey, Volume 1” will be released on Nov. 18 and is available for download or CD preorder at his website, https://mokeivey.com.
How time flies! It wasn’t that long ago that the ninth-grade kid got his first solo gig when he sang for my youngest daughter’s wedding.
I knew he had left home headed for a far different world than the preacher’s home he was raised in — and I had heard through the years that he was “doing good” in Nashville’s music world.
“Doing good?” I recently read a list of the more than 200 albums he’s appeared on as a background singer with top country, pop, and rock artists, that have sold in the millions of copies.
They include Martina McBride, Eddy Arnold, Carman, Don Moen, the Gaither Vocal Band, Steve Green, Andy Griffith, Garth Brooks, Chris Isaak, Glen Campbell, George Strait, and Lee Ann Womack, and there are dozens more.
Not bad for a “PK” (preacher’s kid, y’all) from North Gadsden.
Ivey was born in Anniston when his father pastored in that city. The family…
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