Mark Dannells - Co-Owner @ Boutique Guitar Exchange
Born in Northern New Jersey, and further corrupted in the Billy Joel immortalized city of Allentown, PA, BGX Co-Owner Mark Dannells was drawn to music as far back as he can remember. After playing in several local bands in high school, his quest to make this profession his life long career led him to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Post graduation, he joined several touring bands that performed thousands of dates over the next several years. His playing eventually received national attention and he was invited to audition for such acts as Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
In the spring of 2001, Mark was presented with an Emmy award along with his bandmates in The Blacklight Posterboys, and Fox 5 Creative Services director John Kukla. The award was for the song "Have A Nice May" Mark co-wrote and produced that was used by the Atlanta Fox affiliate to promote their May sweeps week.
Mark and Rachel Bolan. Skid Row Live in Florida 2006
In 2001, Dannells was asked to join Atlanta based Elektra Recording artists Brand New Immortals, a band that included former Black Crowes, Train and current Lynryd Skynyrd bassist Johnny Colt and singer/guitarist (formerly with John Mayer) David Ryan Harris. Dannells has also played with producer/singer/songwriter Butch Walker, GRAMMY® nominated singer/songwriter Angie Aparo, and multiplatinum rockers Skid Row.