A Chicago native, Mark Allen Felton, aka Panther, drew upon a wealth of influences from Jazz to Gospel. At the tender age of 11 he began an artistic journey inspired by such musical greats as Earth Wind & Fire, Sonny Stitt and Kool & the Gang, eventually performing with giants of the industry and learning from his mentor Grover Washington Jr.
By the time he graduated from high school, Felton had received numerous awards for his musical excellence including a scholarship to Texas Southern University in Houston, TX.
This extraordinarily gifted artist has had the honor of performing alongside some of the most revered musicians in the world of smooth jazz and R&B including: Al Jarreau, Patti Labelle, Kirk Whalum, Najee, Gerald Albright, Bobby Womack, Billy Preston, Marcus Miller, Mindy Abair, Boney James, Rick Braun, Michael Lington, Deniece Williams, Mark Isham, Lalah Hathaway, Jeffrey Osborne, Carl Thomas, Kenny Lattimore, Adam Hawley, Janelle Monae, The Temptations’ Ollie Woodson, and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdeen White.
A prolific composer, Mark Allen Felton has written several hundred songs including the theme song for the nationally syndicated radio program “Radioscope” and the theme song for comedian Michael Colyar’s comedy special. His compositions can be heard in independent films as well as on his four albums: "On The Prowl," "Gospel Stroll," "A Blessing" and "I Do It For Love."
Felton will release his 5th album “Soul Real” in March of 2019. The first single from his album, “A Place For You,” will be released to radio on February 11, 2019 followed by performance dates across the country.