Mark Stephens is the pianist and bandmate that Josh Groban is stunning on the July 26 episode of “Celebrity IOU.”
Teasing the episode on Instagram, the “You Raise Me Up” singer wrote, “Watch me virtually get my @$#% reduce off engaged on an unbelievable renovation for an unbelievable musician and pal, @iammarkstephens and his household.”
Groban additional opened up about his pal in HGTV’s press launch. “It goes with out saying that Mark is a unprecedented piano participant, however, off stage, he is simply such an incredible man,” the singer defined. “He’s humble. He goes out of his approach to verify everybody round him is taken care of and by no means asks for a lot. To have the ability to show him how a lot he is appreciated, that makes me so blissful.”
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Here’s what you should know:
1. Stephens and Groban Have Worked Together for Almost 20 Years
After performing collectively for practically 20 years, Groban advised the “The Property Brothers” stars that he and Stephens have “hit nearly each truck cease in America,” in line with a sneak peek obtained by People.
The singer added, “And like for therefore many people who’ve been off the highway now this previous 12 months due to the pandemic, for Mark, I do know that a lot of his enjoying and recording has needed to go from the stage to an at-home setting, the place he is been utilizing his storage.”
Stephens opened up about not enjoying on the highway amidst a pandemic. People reported the musician saying, “You’re at residence, making an attempt to make the perfect of it, and it is fairly difficult generally, I’ve bought to say.”
2. Groban Is Not the Only Famous Singer to Perform With Stephens
Groban will not be Stephens’ solely well-known pal. As he has revealed on Instagram, he’s “grateful & humbled to have the ability to hearken to a number of the biggest singers on this planet on any given day.”
According to his web site, he’s a Grammy-nominated pianist for “Josh Groban, Chaka Khan, Boney James, Diana Ross, Larry Carlton, Alanis Morrisette, James Ingram, George Duke and extra!”
3. Stephens Is the President of Groove Junkies Records
On his LinkedIn, Stephens lists himself as “Prez” of Groove Junkies Records, which ReverbNation refers to as his “boutique report label.”
Through the label, he launched his personal 13-song album, “The Dream of the Peaceful Warrior.”
Describing the music, ReverbNation wrote, “The jazz and soul-kissed music whisks the listener on a magical journey of affection and unity in stylistic genres that span from Africa, Brazil and Cuba to locations that solely the imaginations of peace-seeking dreamers can conjure.”
Stephens’ most up-to-date single is “Rockabye,” that includes Amin El and Audrey Wheeling-Downing.
4. Stephens Is a Married Father of three
Stephens is a household man. He celebrated his anniversary on Instagram in September 2020, writing that marrying spouse Mignon Farmani 15 years in the past was “the perfect choice of my life.”
He can also be a father of three. Based on his Instagram, he has two daughters – Zohreh and Shohreh – and a son – Azad.
“He’s so devoted and dedicated to his household,” Groban mentioned in People’s sneak peek. “He’s so proud to be the associate and the daddy that he’s.”
5. Groban Helps Design a Recording Studio for Stephens
With the assistance of Jonathan and Drew Scott, Groban is renovating Stephens’ “outdated storage not solely right into a recording studio but additionally a spot the place he can train and loosen up,” in line with the press launch.
According to HGTV, the trio additionally renovated Stephens’ yard for elevated privateness in addition to a “kitchen/eating space.”
Posting in regards to the expertise on Instagram, Stephens wrote partly, “I’m completely blown away and actually nonetheless in shock that he would do one thing like this for me and my household.. I’m simply utterly overwhelmed with gratitude Josh!!!”
“Celebrity IOU” airs on HGTV Monday at 9 p.m. Eastern.