Hard Hittin' Mark Rogers
Mark Rogers is the model of versatility, both musically and professionally. Along with full-time gigs anchoring the award winning Gospel Soul of Newworldson and seasoned funkateers LMT Connection, he also finds time to maintain a busy recording schedule and operate his own production company New Century Productions. Life moves fast for the in-demand drummer and producer and he wouldn't have it any other way.
A lifelong native of Niagara Falls, Canada, Rogers started playing drums when he was eight years old; by the age of eighteen, he was recognized by the Canadian Jazz Festival as the top drummer in the country for his age group. Shortly thereafter he began performing with a ten-piece Motown revue touring all over North America with legendary guitarist Leroy Emmanuel. When the Motown revue came to an end, Rogers and Emmanuel, along with bassist John Irvine, formed LMT Connection.
In 2005 Mark became a founding member of Newworldson. To say their rise was meteoric would be an understatement. Within eight years, Rogers and Newworldson have been awarded 11 Covenant Awards by the Gospel Music Association, 4 Juno nominations for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Recording of the Year, a # 1 video for the single "Working Man" on the US Gospel Music Channel, and had the biggest selling debut album for EMI CMG in 2008 with their CD "Salvation Station". But it was 2010's self-titled sophomore album that catapulted the group to new heights, thanks to the success of their worldwide smash hit "There is a Way," Newworldson's first No. 1 single. In 2012 "Learning to be the Light" peaked at #3 on the US Gospel and Christian charts with the release of the "Rebel Transmission" CD.
"Big Bad" John Irvine
One of the most exciting bass players out of Canada is Ottawa native John Irvine. Having played professionally since the age of twelve, his credits include working for Capitol and RCA Records with such diverse artists as Ronnie Hawkins and Liberty Silver.
An innovator with effects, John has designed pedals for Zoom Sound Laboratory and recorded with EDM superstar Deadmau5.