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I currently live in Minneapolis, but I lived in Nashville for almost 25 years, and saw the rise and fall of many people’s dreams. I studied the entertainment industry and how it works (and doesn’t). I’ve gone after my own dreams and have been met with both incredulous silence and incredible success. I’ve had my songs find audiences all over the world, I’ve acted on national television and in a handful of movies. I’ve had my writing published in dozens of magazines and online sites, and have written several books (some for others, and a couple for myself!). And the radio version of my Live Hope Minute is heard in 300 radio markets around the U.S. and Canada.

Please check out my music wherever you stream or download tunes. My Beloved album project encapsulates my heart and artistry—a collection of love songs (half covers and half originals)—mature, adult-contemporary pop, like Michael Bublé or Billy Joel. People say songs like “Something Good” or “Just Any Day” hit at the heart level, offering hope and encouragement to keep going through difficult days, like songs from artists like Adele or Calum Scott. Other original songs like the anthemic “Time For Hope” or “Pilgrim Man” cry out to be performed on large stages with orchestras and choirs, creating inspirational narratives that stir audiences’ hearts and bring them to their feet.

I’d love to hear what songs you love!

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Mark Smeby

I'm a Mpls-based musician. I do a weekly newsletter, "Saving My Faith" podcast, and the "Live Hope Minute" radio feature, NOW AVAILABLE here on Substack! Info on more resources including my music and books available at