I'm a Photographer and Producer/Headliner of The Elvis Spectacular Concert Series. My photographic work has been featured on television, and frequently appears in newspapers, online, and in many professional modeling portfolios. Recently, I won 1st Place in a Chicago Tribune Photo Contest. I use Nikon cameras, lenses and flash equipment, and do my post-production on Apple Macintosh Pro systems.
I've had the opportunity to photograph, and perform with some very talented actresses and models, and I'm happy that many of you are here, on Model Mayhem. In my concerts, over the years, I've assembled casts of models known as "The Margrocks." These performers add beautiful theatrical and dance elements to our television and concert productions. The Margrocks continue to receive a great deal of acclaim from the public, and from local, national and international media organizations.
My studios are in Beverly Hills and Chicago. I am currently specializing in theatrical, retro, dance, lifestyle, nature and fashion photography. I enjoy working in the studio using theatrical lighting, settings and costuming... particularly with retro and classical themes. I also love to work on location, and outdoors, with natural lighting and scenery. Thanks to The Elvis Spectacular productions, I have a great selection of designer gowns and stage costumes that are very popular with the models I've worked with.
I'd gladly work with many of you friends here, so I'm offering TFCD for select projects. If you'd like to work together, please send a message. Thanks to everyone that I've worked with! Thanks to all you new friends, too... I look forward to working with you soon, in upcoming photo sessions, television appearances, and concerts.
Here's information about me as a musical and theatrical performer:
MARK ELVIS HUSSMAN
Chicago's very own, Mark Hussman was selected as "#1 Elvis" by America Online and NBC. He has performed onstage with U2, Olivia Newton-John, Shania Twain and Wynonna Judd. He has been featured on CNN, and is enthusiastically endorsed by Elvis fans across the globe, including U2's Bono and the legendary, Cher. Mark is best known in the United States as producer and headliner of the biennial Elvis Spectacular' Concert Series. Mark began his career in Chicago upon winning the All-Elvis Championship. After that, he headlined two extremely popular weekly events in Chicago: "Sunday Brunch With The King," and "Elvisland." Hussman also performed at the United Center during the golden years of the Chicago Bulls, and wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed holiday musical, "Christmas with the King," at Pipers Alley. Mark Hussman created and headlined the popular annual Lincoln Park ELVIS 5K Concerts, and joined forces with the brand new House of Blues, to create the first Elvis Spectacular concert, which continues to this day, throughout the country and around the world.
Mark is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) and studied Theatre at UCLA and Northwestern. He holds a degree from Northwestern University's School of Speech. Mark is a concert producer, vocalist, actor, writer, and a professional photographer. Mark Hussman's websites on Facebook and MySpace are extremely popular in the worldwide art & entertainment community.
Performance Photos: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2 … d60d42d91e
Quotes About Me:
"Elvis is alive, or his spirit is, anyway. And you can find it in Mark Hussman ... His particular take on Elvis has captured the hearts of people who live far beyond the Chicago area."
- THE DAILY HERALD
"Chicago's popular Elvis Presley performer Mark Hussman hooked up with Bono Friday night in Las Vegas. After the rock legend did his own Elvis impersonation while singing "Love and Peace" during the U2 concert, he called Hussman onstage..."
- BILL ZWECKER CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
"Hussman's midwestern brand of warmth and grit adds another layer to Elvis' strange merger of Vegas glitz and bluegrass simplicity... Hussman was the most spiritual, the divine imagery was consistent throughout."
- THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"The place was packed - The main floor and two tiers above that. Hussman put on a fabulous show... I spent most of the night dancing and mingling with people of all ages."
- THE DAILY JOURNAL
(After Mark sang "Jailhouse Rock" and "Summer Nights"
with Olivia and Her Band during her Mississippi concert:)
"I'll never forget tonight's show, because it's the first time I've ever performed on-stage with Elvis!"
- OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN IN MISSISSIPPI
"He'd never admit it, but much of the reason Elvisland is such a huge success isn't just the appeal of Elvis, but the boundless energy and charm of the man reflecting Elvis, Mark Hussman."
- Ramsin Cronin, "City On The Make"
(As Mark serenaded Duchess Sarah with
"Love Me Tender, " on Chicago's WGN morning news:)
"Oh That's nice!...He's got a good voice!"
-Sarah Ferguson, DUCHESS OF YORK
"The medley of songs, Teddy Bear and All Shook Up rocked the house... No doubt about it; Elvis lives on."
- CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
"I'd like to introduce you all to someone special...
Mr. Presley, will you come up here and join me...Can you dance?"
- SHANIA TWAIN
"One of the biggest names in
Elvis impersonator lore"
- Miriam DiNunzio CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
(Before U2 Closed 2001 Las Vegas Concert
With One/Can't Help Falling In Love:) "Elvis! ...Looking Good, ...This One's For You, Elvis!"
- U2 AND BONO IN LAS VEGAS
"We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Elvis!"
-U2 & BONO ONSTAGE WITH MARK
IN BOSTON 12/5/05
"My family loves Elvis...
And they Love You Too!"
- SHANIA TWAIN
"The top Elvis Impersonator In the nation"
- WMAQ-TV NBC5 CHICAGO
"I've always wanted to meet you, Elvis!"
- U2's BONO IN CHICAGO
"You'll swear it's 'The King' himself"
- THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"Presley entertainer extraordinaire"
- Bill Zwecker CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
"Number One Elvis!"
"You Rock As Elvis!
- CHER - LAS VEGAS
A REVIEW OF THE ELVIS SPECTACULAR
"Spirit of The King"
THE SOUTHWEST OBSERVER
By Michael Fielding
He is who he is: Mark Hussman... And the guy excites in the passion of performing. He's got a heck of a capable voice, and a range that allows him to segue smoothly from the tuneful "Blue Spanish Eyes," to the yearning "Impossible Dream."
That was evident with the sold-out crowd at the Beverly Arts Center Saturday night, who packed the theater to see what is likely to become a tradition of sorts the weekend after Presley's Jan. 8 birthday. The crowd didn't show up hoping to see The King alive again. No way. They showed up with a little fun in their hearts, a little love for the music and a whole lot of appreciation for a darn good show - and Hussman & Co. perform a darn good show.
Hussman was backed by a 10-piece band, Clad in pink and black, the band sounded superb - not uncommon for musical acts at the Beverly Arts Center, one of the classiest performance venues in the area. And the crowd: It's quite a feat to sell out to an audience rowdy enough to stick around after a two-hour first set, even for those who have chosen to carry Presley's legacy - Elvis? I know, I know. He was the first performer ever to sell out Madison Square Garden, and he had more gold albums than the Beatles. Still, the guy's been dead for 30 years, yet his tribute shows still pack the house. And his own fans, in this case ranging from toddlers to hip-shakin' seniors, go nuts for guys like Hussman, who's found his own orbit in the Elvis universe.
The Mount Prospect native was tops of the Chicago All-Elvis Championship, and has performed during Chicago Bulls games and at the House of Blues during his own wildly popular Elvis Spectacular concerts. He treated the audience to a first (he had never before performed "Walk a Mile in My Shoes") as well as a host of stuffed teddy bears (during, well, you guessed it) and leis (for his Hawaiian set that included "Blue Hawaii" and "Rock-a-Hula Baby"). Yet, he didn't hog the spotlight, giving a mention to pretty much everyone involved with the show, plus friends and Presley contemporaries from Ann-Margret to Brigitte Bardot.
Hussman mines deep into the Presley songbook, from rock and roll to country to hymns and ballads. His are arena-style interpretations that sounded quite at home at the Beverly Arts Center. The gig was typical of a Hussman bonanza, which combines Presley's famed '70s-style concert format with The King's film performances - spectacles in themselves. Owing allegiance to Elvis' popularity as a rock performer, Hussman wasn't shy in pushing the Beverly Art Center sound system to its limits, once even demanding with a smile: "Crank this (microphone) until we hear feedback!" after an enthusiastically received rendition of "My Way."
After nearly two hours without a break, Hussman and the band performed an inspired "An American Trilogy" followed by "America The Beautiful," during which his Margrock dancers - a Vegas-style troupe reminiscent of Elvis' dancers during his movie musicals of the 1960s distributed American flags to the audience members against the backdrop of a stage bathed in red. The crowd rose to its feet and joined him, waving flags and singing solemnly, turning the BAC into Las Vegas Hilton, circa 1972. But don't be mistaken. This is the Elvis of the 21st century: With references to MySpace peppering his dialogue with the audience, the early '70s vibe ends where the naval piercings begin (seriously, one of Hussman's backup dancers shimmied with a sparkling belly chain). Hussman is a tribute artist, not an impersonator, and he's less concerned with creating a facsimile of The King's snarl and karate chops than he is with bringing his passion to his audiences. Still, Hussman's own contribution to Presley's music is entirely worth the price of admission.
During a fabulously soulful "In the Ghetto," Hussman wisely kept the stage to himself during what was one of Elvis' most socially conscious tunes. That led into an impromptu duet with the audience after he crooned just the first couple notes of "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" at which point the crowd joined in and didn't stop until the final verse. Following Elvis favorites such as "Viva Las Vegas" and "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," Hussman and the band broke into a gorgeous rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The number left no doubt about a vocalist who, after a marathon three-hour set, still has it.