Mark James, aka as #ManInTheHat, is a Vocal coach/Singing Teacher that is based in the Somerset area with students all over the UK.
Mark is passionate about healthy singing and holds qualifications in Singing teaching for CCM music from the specialist vocal college, the Voice College. Mark was nominated for the PJ Proby Student of the year Award from The Voice College in 2013 after achieving the mark of Upper Merit. Since then he is proud to have also become a tutor at the college too. Mark is the Master Vocal Coach for River Studio in Southampton and also the Vocal Coach for Evolved Artist Management, an international artist management company based in Leeds. Marks students range from new starters to recording artists
Mark is also holds qualifications in Musical Theatre and has performed at a wide range of venues around the UK also working with some of the best people in the business on different projects, including lyrics and top line work, studio vocal producing, and also TV appearances.
In 2018, Mark made his TV debut as one of the featured judges on BBC One’s All together Now, working alongside Ginger Spice, Geri Horner, and comedian Rob Beckett in the infamous 100 judges. After this Mark was also the head of Family James in BBC’s Teen Taxi.
A firm believer in music should be enjoyed by everyone, Mark also runs ROK!T, a choir open to everyone regardless of experience or ability. ROK!T’s main aim to allow people to enjoy singing, have fun and be part of a group that they can be proud of.
In 2011, Mark wrote the one-act play Dear Mother. It is the story of how a young boy experienced the Great War. It highlighted the innocents of youth and the harsh realities of war, all through letters home to his mother. The play was produced and directed by Mark and was nominated for 16 awards winning 8, including best actor for Mark himself who plays the role of Senior Thomas. Dear Mother is published by Play Scripts
As an actor Mark has worked on both stage and in front of the camera, recently playing a leading role in a pilot for a new tv comedy, and also cast in a new musical version of a book adaptation of an Icelandic novel.
Mark has always had a philosophy that as a teacher he should always continue to train himself to ensure that he gives the best possible lessons to his students and also keeps up to date with the latest techniques and practices. Since passing his Musical Theatre Diploma Mark has also undergone training and workshops with Simon McEnery (English and Welsh National Opera), Fra Fee (Les Miserable film and stage) and Andy Riess (Director Les Miserable National Tour and creator of Beyond the Barricade). In 2017 Mark also gained a Diploma in teaching contemporary singing from the Voice College, gaining distinctions for all his teaching practises and upper merit overall. Mark is continuing his training in 2018 with Dr Voice, one of the industries top vocal coaches specialising in healthy singing techniques.