Mark McGrath

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Mark McGrath
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McGrath performing in 2014
Background information
Birth nameMark Sayers McGrath
Born (1968-03-15) March 15, 1968 (age 51)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Origin Newport Beach, California, U.S.
  • Musician
  • singer
  • television host
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • percussion
Years active1988 – present
Associated acts

Mark Sayers McGrath (born March 15, 1968) [1] is an American singer who is the lead vocalist of the rock band Sugar Ray. McGrath is also known for his work as a co-host of Extra , and he was the host of Don't Forget the Lyrics! in 2010. McGrath hosted the second season of the TV show Killer Karaoke, taking the place of Jackass star Steve-O.

Sugar Ray American band

Sugar Ray is an American rock band from Newport Beach, California. Originally forming in 1986 and playing heavier nu metal style music, the band achieved mainstream popularity in 1997 with their more pop influenced single, "Fly". The song's success led the band to shift its style dramatically to the more radio-friendly pop sound with their subsequent releases. Their best-selling album, 14:59, was released in 1999, and featured popular singles "Every Morning", "Someday", followed by a self-titled album in 2001 featuring the single "When It's Over". The band would release two further albums, In the Pursuit of Leisure (2003) and Music for Cougars (2009), though the albums and respective singles generally sold far less. The band continues to tour into the 2010s.

Television presenter person who introduces or hosts television programs

A presenter is a person who introduces or hosts television programs. Nowadays, it is common for personalities in other fields to take on this role, but some people have made their name solely within the field of presenting, particularly within children's television series, to become television personalities.


In 2018, McGrath was cast to compete in the first American season of Celebrity Big Brother , in which he made it to finale night, but was eliminated in the final eviction prior to the final two.

Music career

McGrath, Rodney Sheppard, Murphy Karges, Stan Frazier and Craig "DJ Homicide" Bullock formed Sugar Ray in Orange County, California in 1992. [1] In 1994 the band signed with Atlantic Records.[ citation needed ] Their first success came in 1997 with the song "Fly".

Atlantic Records American record label

Atlantic Recording Corporation is an American record label founded in October 1947 by Ahmet Ertegün and Herb Abramson. Over its first 20 years of operation, Atlantic earned a reputation as one of the most important American labels, specializing in jazz, R&B, and soul by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Ruth Brown and Otis Redding. Its position was greatly improved by its distribution deal with Stax. In 1967, Atlantic became a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, now the Warner Music Group, and expanded into rock and pop music with releases by Led Zeppelin and Yes.

Fly (Sugar Ray song) Sugar Ray song

"Fly" is a song by American rock band Sugar Ray. It appears on their 1997 album Floored twice: one version with reggae artist Super Cat and the other without.

McGrath's personal popularity soared as he appeared on such national magazine covers as those of Rolling Stone and Spin. He also made numerous appearances on MTV, VH1, and various talk and awards shows. People magazine named him the "Sexiest Rocker" of 1998. [2]

MTV American pay television channel

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VH1 American cable television network

VH1 is an American pay television network based in New York City owned by Viacom. It was originally created by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and the original owner of MTV, and launched on January 1, 1985, in the former space of Turner Broadcasting System's short-lived Cable Music Channel.

<i>People</i> (magazine) American celebrity and human interest magazine published by Time Inc.

People is an American weekly magazine of celebrity and human-interest stories, published by Meredith Corporation. With a readership of 46.6 million adults, People has the largest audience of any American magazine. People had $997 million in advertising revenue in 2011, the highest advertising revenue of any American magazine. In 2006, it had a circulation of 3.75 million and revenue expected to top $1.5 billion. It was named "Magazine of the Year" by Advertising Age in October 2005, for excellence in editorial, circulation, and advertising. People ranked number 6 on Advertising Age's annual "A-list" and number 3 on Adweek's "Brand Blazers" list in October 2006.

McGrath contributed the track "Reaching Out" on Strait Up, a tribute album to late vocalist James Lynn Strait, for whom he has a dedication tattoo to memorialize. He appeared in the video of "Angel's Son," another song written for the album (by Sevendust) and performed with the band during their appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno .

Sevendust is an American rock band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 1994 by bassist Vince Hornsby, drummer Morgan Rose and guitarist John Connolly. After their first demo, lead vocalist Lajon Witherspoon and guitarist Clint Lowery joined the group. Following a few name changes, the members settled on the name Sevendust and released their self-titled debut album on April 15, 1997. They have attained success with three consecutive RIAA gold certified albums, a Grammy nomination, and have sold millions of albums worldwide.

<i>The Tonight Show with Jay Leno</i> American talk show hosted by Jay Leno (1992-2009 and 2010-14)

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In 2012, McGrath--along with Everclear's Art Alexakis--organized the SummerLand Tour, which consisted of Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit, Marcy Playground and Gin Blossoms. [3] McGrath and Alexakis decided to split ways in 2013, and McGrath formed the "Under the Sun Tour" with Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon, and Fastball. [4]

Everclear (band) American alternative rock band

Everclear is an American rock band formed in Portland, Oregon, in 1991. The band was formed by Art Alexakis, the band's lead songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist; and for most of the band's height of popularity, consisted of Craig Montoya on bass guitar and Greg Eklund on drums. After the limited release of their independently released debut album, World of Noise, the band found success with their first three albums on Capitol Records: Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, and Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile, which were all certified platinum in sales. However, the following two albums Songs from an American Movie Vol. Two: Good Time for a Bad Attitude and Slow Motion Daydream, were not as well received, and as sales suffered, Montoya and Eklund left the band shortly after in 2003.

Lit (band) American band

Lit is an American rock band, formed in 1988 in Fullerton, California. They are best known for their song "My Own Worst Enemy".

Marcy Playground American indie rock band

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He appeared in Smashing Pumpkins' Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts) video, released in October 2018. [5]


Sugar Ray studio albums

Solo EP

Television career

McGrath began his work as co-host of the Extra television show on September 13, 2004 after a producer had noticed his work hosting various VH1 and MTV programs and asked him to join. [6] McGrath left the show in July 2008 to focus on his music career. [7] He also served as a guest judge for American Idol auditions that were aired in early 2005. McGrath received the part of Dex Lawson on The WB show Charmed in 2005, but he ultimately turned it down due to scheduling conflicts, and he was replaced by Jason Lewis.

McGrath was the host of Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll [8] and Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious .

McGrath is a 3-time Champion of Rock & Roll Jeopardy! on VH1. In the Finals he won against Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and Gary Dell'Abate of The Howard Stern Show . [9] He also performed as himself with Sugar Ray in the 2002 Scooby-Doo movie, starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

McGrath began hosting the syndicated version of Don't Forget the Lyrics in September 2010.

He appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice Season 4 which premiered in March 2011, where he was fired in week six and finished in tenth place. He also performed along with his band Sugar Ray in an episode of Las Vegas, Season 1 Episode 19.

In 2013, he appeared on Celebrity Wife Swap and the penultimate episode of The Office . [10] McGrath continued his TV appearances in 2014 and 2015 by guest starring on The Neighbors and Workaholics . [11] McGrath also hosted truTv's Killer Karaoke [12] and starring in Sharknado 2: The Second One . [13] In 2016, he appeared in the pilot episode of Lady Dynamite portraying himself.

In 2018, he was announced as one of the eleven houseguests to be competing on the first American edition of Celebrity Big Brother . [14] He finished in 3rd place, tied with Ariadna Gutiérrez. McGrath also appeared in the second season as a special guest.

Personal life

McGrath was born in Hartford, Connecticut. His family moved from Connecticut to Newport Beach, California when he was eight years old. He attended Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach and later the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. [15] He married beautician Carin Kingsland on September 24, 2012. [16] The couple met in 1994 and were engaged on New Year's Eve 2009 after 16 years of on-and-off dating. [17] McGrath and Kingsland are parents to twins Lydon Edward and Hartley Grace, born on April 29, 2010. [17]

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