Former Bluebird Cafe bartender Mark Irwin co-wrote Alan Jackson's first number one hit "Here In The Real World", a two time CMA Song of the Year nominee and winner of the Music City News’ Award for Song of the Year 1990. As well as having songs on Alan Jackson's more recent CD “DRIVE” and Garth Brooks' “THE LOST SESSIONS”, Mark co-wrote the singles, "Bama Breeze" for Jimmy Buffet and "That's How They Do It In Dixie" for Hank WIlliams Jr. (featuring Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and Van Zandt).
Recently, Mark was a co-writer of the Tyler Farr number one hit single "Redneck Crazy", Thomas Rhett’s "Front Porch Junkies" and had 3 songs on the Tim McGraw CD "Two Lanes of Freedom"…including the number one hit song "Highway Don't Care", featuring Taylor Swift on guest vocals and Keith Urban on guitar.
Mark is also cowriter of Tim McGraw's recent single "Looking For That Girl" and Blake Shelton's number one hit single, "Neon Light". Mark’s latest single was Chris Janson's "Power of Positive Drinking"
A list of other artists who have recorded Mark’s songs are: Randy Travis, Martina McBride, George Jones, Faith Hill, Lee Brice, Thomas Rhett Julianne Hough, Bomshel, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jessie James, Tracey Lawrence, Sammy Kershaw, Chely Wright, Patty Loveless, Highway 101, The Whites, Chris LeDoux, Bucky Covington, Glen Campbell, Neal McCoy, The Dirt Drifters, Jaida Dreyer, Dakota Bradley and Austin Webb. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow also recorded one of Mark’s songs for her movie “Country Strong” costarring Tim McGraw.
Recently, Mark had a song on Blake Shelton’s newest CD “If I’m Honest” called "Bet You Still Think About Me", also a song on new artist Drake White’s CD called "Story." And at present Mark is working with a number of young, signed Country Music artists….