Mark Lanegan was born 25th November 1964, and is from Washington, United States. He is an American rock singer and musician who briefly came to fame with the grunge band Screaming Trees which he formed with Gary Lee Conner, Van Conner and Mark Pickerel.
Screaming Trees achieved moderate success, and at the same time Mark Lanegan pursued solo ambitions outside the group and has produced six albums to date.
As a teenager Mark Lanegan sought refuge with punk and hard rock music at school where he met his former band members.
In 1991, Uncle Anesthesia, was produced by Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and included the radio hit single “Bed of Roses”, which was the beginning of the band’s career. Their next effort Sweet Oblivion contained the singles "Nearly Lost You", "Dollar Bill", "Butterfly", and "Shadow of the Season," and became the band’s biggest commercial success to date.
Screaming Trees last album Dust did not fare well and only reached #134 on the US Billboard Chart, prompting the band to break-up.
In 1990, Mark Lanegan released his first solo album The Winding Sheet which was a big change for the grunge artist, and relied on acoustic guitars with just his voice, a far cry from his Screaming Trees days.
Whiskey for the Holy Ghost (1994) and further collaborations with other alternative stars of the time such as P.J Harvey and Soundgarden’s bassist Ben Shepherd, ensured a steady stream of success for Mark Lanegan.
He later worked with Queens of the Stone Age and joined the band from 2001-2007 after he worked on the album Rated R. Mark Lanegan went on to collaborate with former Belle & Sebastian vocalist Isobel Campbell, and worked on the track “Revolver” which was Mercury Prize nominated in 2006.