Mars was born in Laurel, Mississippi and grew up in Oxford and Jackson, Mississippi. Mars was transformed to a musician at age 15 or 16, when he heard “Thriller” and “Slippery When Wet”. The first Violent Femmes record also figured significantly into his development as a musician.
He bought everything that had a similar sound. Mars’ family moved to Jackson, Mississippi when he was a senior in high school. He graduated from Jackson Preparatory School in 1992. He was lead singer and guitarist in a band called Adley Madidafus in high school. Mars attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Mars started playing for Jack Ingram in 1992 (“The Charlie Mars Band”). Mars has a floating, mellow croon combined with sensual soul-rock arrangements. Mars has been compared to Jason Mraz and Josh Rouse, and described as a tougher edged version of Jeff Buckley. Mars says that songs come to him spontaneously, and that he relies on the quality and memorability of the material to remember what he creates. Mars says “…the stuff that’s any good I remember, and the crap I just forget. I’m a firm believer in the hypothesis that the good sh** sticks”
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