Americana/Folk songwriters Marlo and Mark hope their music makes an emotional connection with their listeners. Marlo Hower and Mark Minges released their first album, “Clarity,” in December 2019 followed by their second album, “Brighter Days” in February 2021. Their music is rich in storytelling based on real-life people and situations they have experienced over the courses of their lives. Marlo is the mother of two grown sons and what she terms two “borrowed” daughters. She grew up in Wisconsin where she began singing at age three.. Marlo also loved to write poetry . But it took until the one-time Neuromuscular Therapist’s children were raised–when she and her husband, Keith, moved to Florida–to return to her musical roots. She participated in a singing competition arranged by Mark who was looking for a lead singer and potential writing partner. Mark grew up in the San Francisco Bay area with an early love of music. He began playing guitar at 9 years old and by age 14 he was playing in bay area bands. At 17, he followed his dream to Texas where he played with three bands for almost 25 years. Then he started an oil analysis business in Indianapolis and did that for 22 years. After he sold the business, he “retired” to Florida with wife, Susan, where he re-focused on his love of music, guitar playing and composing.