Mark Kassa- Guitar/Vocals/Founding Member/Executive Producer/Writer
Mark Kassa is a Grammy Awards voting member and a multi-award-winning guitarist and producer based in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Musicians Institute Music College in Hollywood, California and has been named “Guitar Player of the Year” by a UK Publication for 2023/2024. His band Slight Return®, which he founded in 1995, was named “Band of the Year” for 2022/2023 by another UK publication. He has had over 20 songs on the first round Grammy Awards ballot and 2 songs on the first round Latin Grammy Ballot. He has produced, written, performed, and recorded over a dozen Slight Return® albums with numerous well-known musicians across different genres, including George Clinton (Parliament/Funkadelic) , Billy Cox (Jimi Hendrix), Dennis Coffey (Motown Funk Bros), Tony Green (Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre) , Tony Lindsay (11x Grammy Award Winner), Andy Vargas (Santana), legendary drummer Dennis Chambers, Derek St Holmes (Ted Nugent), Juma Sultan (Jimi Hendrix) , Davey Pattison (Robin Trower), Pete Thompson (Robert Plant), Glenn Letsch (Ronnie Montrose) , Victor Ghannam (National Arab Orchestra), renowned Seattle producers Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden) and Chris Hanzsek (Deep Six Album) ,producer Jim Diamond (Jack White/White Stripes) and others.
Mark is a District Advocate for the Recording Academy (Grammy Awards) representing the State of Michigan and has been a Grammy in the Schools Music and Grammy U Music Mentor several times. He is endorsed by the Shin-ei Univibe Company alongside greats like Eric Johnson and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, is the co-founder of Axis Music Academy, has been the featured artist at many seminars and clinics, including a masterclass at the Detroit Institute of Music Education, and has had 4 songs in the DRT Global Charts. He has been featured in several publications including the UK‘s Prestige Awards , Billboard’s Grammy Preview Edition, Dbusiness Magazine, The Aluminator, Metal Shock (Finland), SF Bands, The Chaldean News, The Bottom Line and more. His music has been highlighted in several pro sports arenas and radio programs.
Mark has played shows with many national acts, including CCR, Tesla, Grand Funk Railroad, Gin Blossoms, Robin Trower, Huey Lewis, Queensryche, The Rockets, John Waite, Sponge, George Clinton, Morris Day and the Time, Derek St Holmes, Bumblefoot, Mitch Ryder, Sponge, Eddie Money, Rare Earth and others at venues such as The Pine Knob Music Amphitheater, Freedom Hill Amphitheater, Sound Board Theater, Jimmy John’s Stadium, Newport Music Hall, Kalamazoo State Theater, The Laz-Y-Boy Theater, Henry Ford Museum, Orbit Room, Lexington Theater, Comcast Concert TV, The Mitch Albom Show, Motor City Casino, MGM Casino, DePaul University, numerous festivals, and been the musical director and house band for media influencer Tucker Carslon’s Michigan appearance.
Mark has leadership skills and is the Chairman of the Advisory Board for Middle Eastern America Television (MEA TV) and The Healing Arts of the Little Flower. He is an Executive Board Member of the DMAN Foundation, Salute Our Warriors, America Safety First, and Folktellers Studios, Creek Music Group, and is a Fellow for the Royal Society of Arts in London, UK. He is co-producing and performing at “Buddy Miles Day” (upcoming in 2024). His past leadership roles include: Board Member of the Chaldean Chamber of Commerce, Music Director for the Associated Food Dealers of Michigan, and Chairman of the Chaldean Festival. He is also the creator, writer and host of his TV Show “Welcome to the D”, and owns Federally Registered Trademarks in 14 categories with a full line of music and apparel attached to the brands.
Mark is extensively involved in charitable work and philanthropy and has volunteered and donated his time and financial support to many charitable including: The DMAN Foundation, Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund, Grace Centers of Hope for Women and Children, United Youth 2000, St. Dominic’s, St. Aloysius, St. Fabian, Chaldean Ladies of Charity, Adopt a Refugee, Walk for the Cure, Forgotten Harvest, High Five Turkey Drive, Relay for Life, Horace Sheffield III – Sheffield Food Pantry- Detroit, MI, St. Vincent De Paul, Detroit Catholic Central, The Kim Center, Cass Community Services, Fraternite De Notre Dame, Michigan Animal Welfare Foundation, United Youth 2000, and many others.
Music Samples as guitarist/writer/producer/performer/arranger
- Vicious Tides feat. Andy Vargas and Dennis Chambers https://youtu.be/5FIW6IGozQA
- Shake Your Detroit Right feat. George Clinton, Pat Lewis, Tony Green https://youtu.be/uDXgKJGh1pA
- Welcome to the D https://youtu.be/AkT7qE9pqQE
- Star Spangled Banner on Fox Sports at Huntington Arena https://youtu.be/TReEhd0jcz4
- Them Changes – Slight Return® tribute to Buddy Miles https://youtu.be/xnRRkP_TQ5g
- Shake Move Groove https://youtu.be/nvYh3yYnCHw
- Hail the Heroes https://youtu.be/BKmR4eWOp_M
- Filth Rich Guitar Solo https://youtu.be/ub3JuD-kumA
- Voodoo Child feat. Andy Vargas and Dennis Chambers https://youtu.be/FvKETYDtCMA
- Funky People feat. George Clinton https://youtu.be/idmWD3uZEzo
- Warrior Soul for Detroit Tigers player introductions at Comerica Park https://youtu.be/HJz3a8x4VCM
- Everyday Heroes https://youtu.be/WfJ2MRbcrYs
- Just Win Baby tribute to the Raiders https://youtu.be/klvZ7kLiO0w
- Turn the Page https://youtu.be/qKk9meHoAqs
Professional Link http://slightreturn.com/
Professional Link 2 https://www.linkedin.com/in/markkassa/
Professional Link 3 https://www.youtube.com/@SlightReturnUSA
Welcome to the D® TV Show Interview with Mark Farner from Grand Funk Railroad https://youtu.be/_vciu4bD6qI
Welcome to the D interview as featured on Blabbermouth.net – the number 1 metal site in the world https://blabbermouth.net/news/accept-interviewed-on-welcome-to-the-d-tv-video
Official Merchandise for all trademarks http://welcometothed.com/
Read Mark’s My Memories in “The D”
Born at Detroit Memorial Hospital.
Family business burned down during the 1967 riots. Rebuilt the business despite being advised not to, because we believed in the city. Father worked on the assembly line at Chrysler during the rebuild.
Worked for over 30 years in the family business at the corner of Linwood and Davison on the west side of Detroit. Family has been doing business in Detroit since the 1930’s.
Attended Wayne State University in Detroit.
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