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Miko Marks was born in Flint, Michigan. After attending Grambling State University in North Louisiana, she moved to Nashville in 2005 with the intention of making it as a commercial country star.

Although Marks grew up listening to different kinds of genres, she largely performed R&B in college. But that was also when she discovered country. "That's when I found out, 'Hey, I might want to do this kind of music, because it's speaking to my soul so much, the stories'", she told NPR.

In Nashville, Marks earned spots at CMA Fest, but the industry largely ignored her talents because of her race. Where did a black country singer fit into a genre so largely white and male?

Despite those setbacks, Marks released two albums, 2005's Freeway Bound and 2007's It Feels Good. Ultimately, she decided that she was tired of playing a game that always changed the rules on her. She moved west, to California, and continued working on country music.

In 2021, Marks returned with her third album Our Country.

  • Full name: Miko Marks
  • Hometown: Flint, Michigan
Holler Country Music

INTRODUCINGPremiere: Miko Marks - ‘Feel Like Going Home’

By Jof Owen, March 24, 2022

A spine tingling southern rock spiritual of self-discovery, Miko Marks premiers her new single 'Feel Like Going Home' exclusively at Holler.

Holler Country Music

ESSENTIALSRecords of the Year 2021

By Holler , December 2, 2021

The top 20 country, Americana and roots records from 2021, as voted for by Holler staff and contributors.

Miko Marks

INTERVIEWOne Hot Minute: Miko Marks

By Marcus K. Dowling, February 2, 2021

Miko Marks talks about her comeback to country music, and how she's had to overcome the racist structures within the Nashville machine.

Holler Country Music

INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Miko Marks' 'Whiskey River'

By Amanda Wicks, September 2, 2021

The country singer has released a new video for her version of Willie Nelson's classic song 'Whiskey River'.