Skylar Marks is an eighteen-year-old singer/songwriter. She plays piano, guitar, drums and ukulele.
Skylar was born in northern California. She grew up in a musical, creative family. Her father is singer/songwriter Gary Marks. Her mother is an artist. She has two younger siblings who both play musical instruments and sing. There is constant music in her home.
Skylar also has musical ancestry. Her paternal grandmother, Peggy Weksler, was a child prodigy violinist who played solo at Carnegie Hall when she was ten, graduating from Juilliard at age sixteen.
At the age of six, Skylar began playing piano and singing with no formal lessons. Her father was available in the role of teacher, to answer questions. A year later she began to write her own songs and play guitar. As a child she learned to play the Beatles, Elton John, Chaka Kahn, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, and John Ondrasik. By the time she was eight, Skylar could play almost anything she heard and liked on either guitar or piano. She learned new songs at a rapid rate, usually in a few hours at most, despite the complexities of the chords and rhythms. As the years went on her tastes and repertoire expanded as she choose for herself how to grow as a musician.
Skylar’s first CD, “Sky Writing,” was recorded when she was eight years old, and released in 2005. She wrote all the songs, sang all the vocal parts, and played all the instruments — as she has done on all of her CDs. She and her younger sister played their first live concert later that year as well. They wowed a large crowd with their guitar playing and singing, which included Beatles covers and original songs. By this age the Marks sisters were already singing harmonies that just grew richer in time.
Skylar recorded her second album, “Running Home,” at ten years of age. She continued to perform her songs live throughout the United States.
In 2009 Skylar finished her third album, “Walking with the Wind.” She was twelve years old. At that point she began to play her songs in other venues, including her first coffee shop appearance. A couple of years later she began to study acting with coach Chambers Stevens in Hollywood. He had this to say about her songs: “Skylar Marks is the most prolific young artist I know. Her melodies are haunting – reminds me of a young Sarah McLachlan.”
When Skylar was fourteen she won a contest that led to her starring in an online webshow called “Ask Skylar,” an advice show for kids and teens. Skylar was described by the producer Irene Dreayer as “a unique comedienne who makes everyone laugh with her spontaneous wit, her quirky personality and her humorous but realistic stories and situations about growing up.” Ms. Dreayer stated, “I noticed Skylar Marks’ unmatched ability on and off camera and was 100% sure that she was the perfect person to answer questions from her peers. She talks to each person who sends in a question as if they were right there with her. I picked Skylar to host the show because she’s approachable and has her own opinions about various issues affecting her generation. Her responses from one teen to another are truthful, perceptive and extremely helpful.”
In 2013, at the age of sixteen, Skylar finished her fourth CD, “Searchlight.” This album was different from the others because Skylar decided to do everything on her own. She learned to record and edit the songs herself, without the help of a recording engineer or a studio. She created all the graphic art and produced the album as well. A year later Skylar had her first radio interview at a college in New York. She was well received by the college students who tuned in.
Skylar’s lyrics cover topics such as the environment, world peace, nature, spirituality, hope, love, friends and family.
Skylar has also written three novels. In addition, she enjoys tennis, skateboarding, surfing, photography, art, dancing, recording covers, and comedy.
Skylar shares profits from sales of her CDs with charitable organizations. All of Skylar’s songs are available on iTunes.