Global Head of Country Music at Spotify Joins Judges Panel for TMP Songwriting Competition!

We are excited to announce that John Marks, The Global Head of Country Music at Spotify, will be returning as an honored guest (and the tie-breaking judge) for our 5th Annual TMP Songwriter Competition’s Final Round!

John Marks joins a judge’s panel currently made up of talent buyers and representatives from 19 venues & 11 festivals from 6 states, as well as booking agents, radio personnel, managers, and more!  If you’re an up-and-coming Texas/Red Dirt artist, here’s your opportunity to get in front of some movers and shakers in the scene! A full list of judges and more information can be found here:


Bio: John Marks spent most of his career in terrestrial radio, since the age of 16.  Programming stints include KKAT – Salt Lake City, KWNR – Las Vegas, KSON – San Diego among others.

From there, John spent 5 years as the Senior Director of Country Programming at Sirius XM.  Under Marks’ leadership, The Highway became one of the most listened to music channels in their platform.  Through the Highway, Marks helped to break many artists into national prominence.

After Sirius XM, John Marks landed at Spotify as their Global Senior Editor for Country Music.  John curates more than 30 Country playlists.  The Flagship playlist, Hot Country, is currently the 4TH most consumed playlist worldwide on the Spotify platform. 

In recent events, Luke Combs with Sony Music celebrated his second number 1 song, “When It Rains It Pours”, Russell Dickerson with Triple Tigers also reached the Number 1 pinnacle with his first release “Yours” and duo Walker McGuire with Broken Bow Music, recently released their new song “Lost”.  They and others give large credit to Spotify in gaining national prominence as unsigned artists.

John is privileged to lead the charge of Spotify’s initiative to increase consumption of Country Music Worldwide.  That and breaking new artists on Spotify are tasks he is most passionate about. 

The Country Music Association recently awarded Marks the Jo Walker Meador Award.  The award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual in advocating and supporting Country Music’s marketing development in territories outside the United States.

Author: Chris Fox

Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I'am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.

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