It comes as no big surprise to country music listeners that the writer of “Where Corn Don’t Grow,” “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane,” and “It Works,” comes from a small Arkansas farm community. Although all of Springer’s songs aren’t talking about the farm, most are taken from real-life situations. As a youngster, Springer helped out on the family farm. He says he loved growing up on the farm but always wondered what else was out there. Years later Mark enjoyed the success of “Where Corn Don’t Grow,” a #2 hit by Travis Tritt which deals with that very subject.
In 1993, Springer’s #1 “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane,” recorded by country music legend Tanya Tucker, was named one of the top 10 songs of 1993 by TNN’s Music City News songwriter awards show and the song was also nominated as the Academy of Country Music's Song of the Year. Two years later, Springer scored with another number one hit, “One Boy, One Girl,” recorded by Collin Raye.
Then Mark caught the ear of superstar Kenny Chesney who has recorded five of his tunes including the #1 hit, “When I Close My Eyes.”
“Kenny and I phrase a lot alike, and he seems to get what I’m trying to say in a song,” says Springer.
In 1997, Springer landed the number five spot on Music Row Magazine’s list of the year’s top songwriters with the hits “When I Close My Eyes,” “Where Corn Don’t Grow,” and “Thank God For Believers.”
In 1998, Mark scored his 5th number one song with Kenny Chesney’s version of “That’s Why I’m Here.” “It is the biggest impact song I have ever recorded,” Chesney says, referring to the song that deals with a recovering alcoholic. Later that same year, Springer was named BMI’s Country Songwriter of the Year.
Mark is currently president of Masville Music, a company formed with his college basketball teammate, Blane Johnson, along with a small group of Arkansas friends.
In 2016, Springer and his wife, Stacey, an FHU alumna, opened Sparrows Nest- a wedding and event venue. Springer also continues to tell the stories and perform the hits at house concerts, benefits, and private functions. The “bare bones” acoustic show continues to be a rare and memorable experience for audiences young and old.
In recent months, Springer has entered into a songwriting agreement with up-and-coming singer/songwriter Jabe Burgess. Burgess was a standout Allstate quarterback from Greenwood, Arkansas. Burgess also introduced Springer to another Arkansan, Heath Sanders, who has become one of Springer’s newest co-writers.