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Mark McGrath

When Sugar Ray's breakthrough hit song Fly put them on the map in 1997, lead vocalist Mark McGrath was thrust into the public eye. It's no doubt the band maintains its momentum due in no small part to the good looks, charisma and talent of its front man, Mark McGrath.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in Southern California, McGrath first appeared with Sugar Ray (then known as the Shrinky Dinx) when he jumped on stage and grabbed the microphone. Two years later, in 1994, the band changed its name and landed a deal with Atlantic Records. Shortly after, in 1997, the band's collaboration with reggae artist Super Cat resulted in the song Fly, which dominated the airwaves. Later that year, and following the success of their number-one hit, Sugar Ray released its second album Floored, which went double platinum. Sugar Ray's success rocketed McGrath to pop-star status, as he graced the covers of Rolling Stone and Spin. He even made People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive issue, and was named Sexiest Rocker in 1998.

After Floored, Sugar Ray released 14:59, in reference to its fading 15 minutes of fame. Ironically, the CD wound up outselling its predecessor, going triple-platinum with hit singles Every Morning, Someday, and Falls Apart. Their success continued with the release of the self-titled album Sugar Ray, which garnered the band it's first-ever Top-10 album.

McGrath has made guest appearances on the hit television dramas Las Vegas and North Shore. He has been featured on a number of MTV and VH1 programs, including the Teen Choice Awards, My VH1 Music Awards, Rock 'n' Roll Jeopardy, American Music Awards, and ESPY Awards. McGrath has hosted VH1's I Love the '80s, and "The Greatest: 100 Most Shocking Moments in Rock and Roll; and the primetime specials The World Music Awards and Victoria's Secret Fashion Show; as well as The Search for the Next Pussycat Doll." He also appeared with Sugar Ray in the 2002 feature film Scooby-Doo, and was the co-host of Extra. Currently McGrath is the host of Don't Forget the Lyrics, a Twentieth Century Fox syndication.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2011.

Mark McGrath Facts

Birth Name Mark Sayers McGrath
BirthdayMarch 15, 1968 (54)
BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, USA

Selected Filmography

Lord of the Freaks
Ep 108
Sharknado 2: Rifftrax Live
Kitchen Confrontation
Coolio / Mark McGrath
Charlie Bartlett
Nicholas Nickleby
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
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