Arts

CSI’s Got Talent Winner Lulls Audience With Performance

Mark Anthony White Takes the Spotlight

By Lucia Rossi

Previous CSI’s Got Talent Winner, Mark Anthony White made his first musical debut at the Staten Island Building Co. on November 15.

This show was specially dedicated to only White’s performance and consisted of a mix of cover songs, Christmas songs, and original tracks performed solely by White, it consisted of pre-recorded music, and a piano.

When White first sat at the piano and microphone, the shakiness of his hands were visible, but without any introduction he went right into his performance and became comfortable. His first song of the night was his cover of “Chandelier” by Sia.

The piano was placed at an angle, so his face was not towards the audience, but it didn’t need to see his face to know what expression he was making. It could clearly be heard.

White hit all of the notes perfectly with no hesitation or shakiness in his voice, only confidence. Through his gestures there was a lot of passion. He had no sheet music, only lyrics in front of him.

His first original song of the night was  “The Great Divide,” about making tough decisions. His best friends in the audience silently sang along as he played.

White’s songs are easy on the ears because they have soft, catchy melodies and lyrics that contain a deep message that is uplifting.

“This next song, I really like. It was inspired by Miss Lisa Marie. It’s called ‘Your Life’s Not Over,’ ” he said. This song was particularly moving because it was about being happy on the outside but feeling trapped on the inside. Needless to say, it was a tear-jerker.

White then did a cover of “Youth” by Daughter and “Who You Are” by Jessie J. His voice never cracked. It flowed up and down with precision. He even stopped playing piano just to hit a very dramatic and jaw-dropping high note for a significant amount of time.

“This next one I’m only doing because I’m dying to see that 50 Shades of Grey movie that’s coming out. No judgment, but I really am,” White joked.

He then covered the 50 Shades of Grey trailer track, “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce. This version of the song is very slow, dark, and intense.

The next song was White’s rendition of “Carol of the Bells” which he calls “Hear the Bells”.

“My top Christmas songs are definitely ‘O Holy Night’, ‘Carol of the Bells’, ‘Come All Ye Faithful,'” White said. “And that happy Mariah [Carey] song.”

White’s last song of the night was his most recent original called “Skyline”. This song is about people who feel like giving up. It’s not a sad song, it is more inspirational. Some lyrics from the chorus are, “just reach for the skyline when you’re down. Just reach for the skyline here and now.”

“This last song is for everybody who is still here because everybody has a past,” White said. “It’s okay to share it and it’s okay because it makes you strong. It makes you who you are today.”

Mark Anthony White doesn’t believe that he was born to entertain. “In my life I like to spread hope, to bring people to new places, to encourage people, to push them, and it just kind of overflows into my music,” he said.

White has eleven complete original songs done that are available on CD, SoundCloud, and YouTube. You can find him on soundcloud.com/MarkAnthony-White and his YouTube name is MarkAnthony White.

Overall, it was a successful first performance and with his talent it is bound to grow. Owner John Salis of the SIABC believes it is very important to support local artists.

The establishment does parties, concerts, plays, and has a lot of studio space for local photographers and artists.

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