Bio

Mark-Holden-supplied-5617729Performer/Broadcaster/Producer

Mark Holden made his name in the mid-1970s as the good-looking carnation-carrying pop star who sang hits like ‘Never Gonna Fall in Love Again’ and ‘Last Romance’.

Mark was signed by EMI Australia, for whom he went on to record three albums.

Mark is best known for being a judge on Australian Idol. He also appeared as a judge and mentor in the hugely successful X-Factor (in 2005).

In the 1980s he had two Top Ten hits with The Temptations on Motown – ‘Lady Soul’ which is included on the ‘Motown Greatest Hits 1972-92 Hitsville USA’ CD Compilation and ‘Look What You Started’ which features on the definitive Temptations compilation ‘The Emperors Of Soul’.

There were also hits with Tracie Spencer, Joey Lawrence, Will Downing, a #1 dance hit with Kathy Sledge, and over 50 cover recordings of his songs from artists as varied as Belinda Carlisle, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, The Manhattans, Donnie Osmond, Jose Feliciano, Fleetwood Mac, David Hasselhoff and Branford Marsalis.

He also developed and produced artists including Calvin Klein model and film star Milla Jovovich (‘Chaplin’, ‘Blue Lagoon 2’, ‘Dazed and Confused’, ‘The 5th Element’), for EMI Records Group, New York. This led to her debut album; a US Top Ten Post Modern hit, it won critical raves including a 3 star review in Rolling Stone magazine.

familylaughing-smIn 1999 he launched of his production, publishing and management company Marjac Productions, with his partner Jack Strom from ‘Red Faces’ on ‘Hey, Hey It’s Saturday‘.

Marjac Productions, with Transistor Music Australia and Universal Music International, launched Vanessa Amorosi onto the Australian and international stage with ARIA’s #4 album of the year 2000 – ‘The Power’ – and four hit singles in Australia.

‘Absolutely Everybody’ has been #7 in the UK, #2 in Ireland, Top Five Germany (Gold), Austria (Gold) and Switzerland; and Top Ten in many other European and Asian countries. Vanessa’s album ‘The Power’ was gold in GSA with 4 hit singles.

In 2000 Marjac Productions signed with Sony Australia to consult for the Delta Goodrem project which reached #1 in Australia and Top 5 UK. Meanwhile, his songs continue to be recorded by Vanessa Amorosi ,Nikki Webster ( Top 20 Gold single ‘Best Days’ ) , Delta Goodrem and Sophie Monk.

And in 2002, Mark was honoured by ‘This Is Your Life’ on Channel 9.

Mark appears regularly on radio, including guest fill ins on ABC Local Radio nationally, the weekday afternoon show on South Australia’s 891 ABC Adelaide, and has appeared on other stations such as Nova FM, ABC 774 Melbourne, 3AW and Vega 915 FM.

At the end of 2009, Mark graduated from his law degree and was admitted to the Bar, and he is currently practicing full time as a barrister.

In 2014 Mark appeared on the ratings hit Celebrity Come Dine With ME Australia with Red Symonds and created a media storm on Dancing with the Stars in his characters Bobo the Clown and Vladimir Putin.

He is also  released his project The Holden Brothers Travelling Circus in 2014 a 5 part TV series and soundtrack available on iTunes and by mail order on www.sanity.com.au .

In November of 2014 he was invited to guest star as Homey the Clown with the original members of Circus Oz in their show ‘the Classics’ at the Melba Speigeltent .   On New Year’s Eve, Mark was part of the year 2014 in retrospective on ABC TV.

Mark regularly appears at corporate functions as an MC including for Macquarie Bank, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Foundation 49 and the Adelaide Crows.

 “Mark was great, very enthusiastic and very professional. He was also very engaged- would definitely recommend him“- Alison Crabb, National Leader Vic/Tas, Flight Centre Awards Night

MUSIC
2004 Signed Joel Turner and the Modern Day Poets. The first single “These Kids” reached #1 on the Aria charts, staying in the top ten for over three months in which time it achieved double platinum status
2004 The Holdens Album A Tribute to Tex Morton
2000 The Wog Boy Soundtrack writer “Shine”
2000 Marjac Productions signed with Sony Australia to consult for the Delta Goodrem project- #1 in Australia & Top 5 UK
2000 Nikki Webster recorded Top 20 Gold single ‘Best Days’
2000 Delta Goodrem, Vanessa Amorosi and Sophie Monk recorded hit songs
1976 Never Gonna Fall in Love Again & Last Romance EP Single
1976 Last Romance EP Single
SONGWRITER

Mark had two Top Ten hits with the Temptations on Motown –‘Lady Soul’ which is included on the ‘Motown Greatest Hits 1972-92 Hitsville USA’ CD Compilation and ‘Look What You Started’ which features on the definitive Temptations compilation ‘The Emperors of Soul’.

There were also hits with Tracie Spencer, Joey Lawrence, Will Downing, a #1 dance hit with Kathy Sledge, and over 50 cover recordings of his songs from artists as varied as Belinda Carlisle, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, The Manhattans, Donnie Osmond, Jose Feliciano, Fleetwood Mac, David Hasselhoff and Branford Marsalis

Wrote Absolutely Everybody and Shine for Vanessa Amorosi

RADIO
2010-11 Mornings ABC Nationally
2010-11 Afternoons ABC Adelaide fill in host
2010 Fill in host 3AW
2009 Denis Walter Show 3AW fill in host
2008 Breakfast with Tamsyn Lewis & Dave O’Neil Vega 91.5FM
2007 Lindy Burns 774 ABC co-host
2007 The Dicko, Holden and Chrissie Show Nova Network host
2007 Drive with Cal Wilson Nova FM
2007 Afternoons 5AA Adelaide(over Christmas)
STAGE
1975 Joseph’s Technicolour Dreamcoat
Played Joseph (the first pop star to play the part anywhere in the world)
2007-08 Shout The Musical in Melbourne and Sydney Lee played Gordon
1999 100 Years of Australian Music The School of Arts Café in Queanbeyan (own show)

 

 

 

 

TELEVISION
2014 Come Dine With Me Australia,
Dancing with the Stars
Channel 7
New Year’s Eve – 2014 retrospective ABC TV.
2011 Sea Patrol Channel 9, as Dr John Wallace
2010 Spicks and Specks ABCTV, Guest appearance
2010 Talking Heads ABCTV, Guest appearance
2008 This Is Your Life, Shannon Noll  Channel 9, Guest appearance
2007 The Starter Wife NBC, Played Rick Dunn
2006 David Tench Tonight Channel 10, Guest appearance
2006 Thank God You’re Here Channel 10, Guest appearance
2005 The X Factor Channel 7, Judge
2003-07 Australian Idol  Channel 10, Judge
2003-04 Good Morning Australia Channel 10, Guest appearance
2003 Kath & Kim ABCTV, Played himself
2003 MDA, Played Dr. Adam Gilmore
2003 The Best of Aussie Drama Channel 9
1981 Lovely But Not Deadly, Played Javelin Scott
1978 Newsfront, Played Len’s new assistant
1978 Case for the Defence, Played Billy
Blue Fire Lady – costar with Kathryn Harrison
1978 The 20th Annual TV Week Logie Awards Channel 9
1977 The 19th Annual TV Week Logie Awards Channel 9
1977 Blankety Blanks Channel 10, Guest appearance
1976-77 The Young Doctors, Played Greg Mason
FILMS
1981 Lovely But Not Deadly, Played Javelin Scott
1978 Newsfront played Len’s new assistant
1977 Blue Fire Lady, Played Barry
AWARDS
1978 Logie: Most Popular Australian TV Teenage Personality
1977 George Wallace Memorial Logie for Best New Talent
1977 Logie Most Popular Australian TV Teenage Personality
EDUCATION
2009 Admitted to practice as a lawyer
2009 Admitted to the Victorian Bar roll
2001 Law degree Monash University