Though performing with “combos,” School-orchestras and Marching Bands as a pre-teen, Joe Markko’s earliest recordings date back to a 1964 session at Chess Records in Chicago with neighborhood mates, The Treez. Recording in Chicago, Nashville and Cleveland, he’s recorded 7 albums since then. Partnering with Mike Mammano in 2011 as a Lyricist and singer, Home Before Midnight provides the outlet for his creative efforts.
Cited by Dan Auerbach, frontman for the Black Keys and Arcs, as one of the “fore-runners of an entire genre,” Joe is widely recognized as one of the earliest pioneers in what’s now known as Contemporary Christian Music. Over the years, his skills have been sought out as a featured, guest vocalist with bands in Tucson, St. Paul and Chicago. His solo projects can be heard on his Reverbnation page where he’s often listed among the Top 10 Singer-songwriters in Northeast Ohio.
Joe’s memoir, ‘When Someday Comes,’ [CreateSpace and Baker Taylor Books] was awarded Honorable Mention for the Best Autobiography of 2011 by the New York, London, New England and Hollywood Book Festivals and is currently available from Amazon. Selling the Movie Rights to a Producer in 2016, the Screenplay is currently in development.