Mark Wilson is an Emmy award-winning television reporter/anchor in Tampa. But when he's not reporting from the White House or from the scene of some breaking news, he probably has a guitar in his hands. His roots in rock go back more than 30 years squeaking out "Twinkle, Twinkle" on his violin at age 7. A short time later he was trying to learn Charlie Daniels' "Devil Went Down to Georgia." He never quite got there on his fiddle, so he turned to guitar and never looked back.
Mark often jammed at home with his brothers and later with his college buddies but passed on opportunities to join bands to focus on his journalism career. So he funneled his musical passion to writing and recording. Eventually, he'd form the Wilson Van with his brothers. Most recently, Mark has written and recorded tracks for several independent films and his music often appears underneath sports highlights.
Mark has also raised more than $15,000 for Bay area charities by auctioning off some of his custom guitars. He plays Gibson, Taylor and Mean Street Guitars and Marshall amps.