When Sugar Ray's breakthrough hit song "Fly" put them on the map in 1997, lead vocalist Mark McGrath was thrust into the public eye. It's no doubt the band maintains its momentum due in no small part to the good looks, charisma and talent of its front man, Mark McGrath.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in Southern California, McGrath first appeared with Sugar Ray (then known as the Shrinky Dinx) when he jumped on stage and grabbed the microphone. Two years later, in 1994, the band changed its name and landed a deal with Atlantic Records. Shortly after, in 1997, the band's collaboration with reggae artist Super Cat resulted in the song "Fly," which dominated the airwaves. Later that year, and following the success of their number-one hit, Sugar Ray released its second album "Floored," which went double platinum. Sugar Ray's success rocketed McGrath to pop-star status, as he graced the covers of Rolling Stone and Spin. He even made People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive issue, and was named Sexiest Rocker in 1998.
After "Floored," Sugar Ray released "14:59," in reference to its fading 15 minutes of fame. Ironically, the CD wound up outselling its predecessor, going triple-platinum with hit singles "Every Morning," "Someday," and "Falls Apart." Their success continued with the release of the self-titled album "Sugar Ray," which garnered the band it's first-ever Top-10 album.
McGrath has made guest appearances on the hit television dramas "Las Vegas" and "North Shore." He has been featured on a number of MTV and VH1 programs, including the "Teen Choice Awards," "My VH1 Music Awards," "Rock 'n' Roll Jeopardy," "American Music Awards," and "ESPY Awards." McGrath has hosted VH1's "I Love the '80s," and "The Greatest: 100 Most Shocking Moments in Rock and Roll"; and the primetime specials "The World Music Awards" and "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show"; as well as "The Search for the Next Pussycat Doll." He also appeared with Sugar Ray in the 2002 feature film "Scooby-Doo," and was the co-host of "Extra." Currently McGrath is the host of "Don't Forget the Lyrics," a Twentieth Century Fox syndication.
Mark McGrath's life has been incredibly enriched by music, and he wants to help make sure music will inspire the next generation. That is why he has chosen Save The Music as his charity. Save The Music supplies funds to school music programs that have been shut down due to budget cutbacks. To date, the foundation has provided more than $47 million in new musical instruments to 1,750 public schools across the country. Mark believes that music and art education is important because it fosters creativity in students, and he will do anything to keep music programs alive in schools.