Real Street, the effervescent debut album by Mark Sholtez, introduces a vibrant new talent to the musical landscape. The album's 11 original numbers and a remarkable cover of U2’s infamous “All I Want Is You” demonstrates effortless charisma and confident expertise, establishing the young Australian singer/songwriter as both a masterful tunesmith and a magnetic performer who can sell a song with the poise and confidence of a veteran.
The Brisbane native's original compositions draw upon such time-tested styles as swing and lounge, but his playful songwriting and charismatic vocals maintain an unmistakably contemporary sensibility. His distinctive blend of youthful energy, urbane lyrical savvy and a contagious melodic sensibility elevates an impressive assortment of material that ranges from the tongue-in-cheek humor of Love Me for the Cool and Complicated Woman, to the breezy lilt of One More Kiss and Melita, to the heartfelt romanticism of If You Were A Song and Dream About You....
- Real Street by Gina Vodegel