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John Marks

John Marks spent most of his career in terrestrial radio, since the age of 16.
Programming stints include KKAT – Salt Lake City, KWNR – Las Vegas, KSON – San
Diego among others.
From there, John spent 5 years as the Sr. Director of Country Programming at Sirius XM.
 Under Marks’ leadership, The Highway became one of the most listened to music
channels in their platform.  Through the Highway, Marks helped to break Florida Georgia
Line, Cole Swindell and Old Dominion among others into national prominence.
After Sirius XM, John Marks landed at Spotify as their Global Senior Editor for Country
Music. John curates more than 30 Country playlists. The Flagship playlist, Hot Country,
is currently the 4 TH most consumed playlist worldwide on the Spotify platform.
In recent events, Luke Combs with Sony Music celebrated his second number 1 song,
“When It Rains It Pours”, Russell Dickerson with Triple Tigers also reached the Number
1 pinnacle with his first release “Yours” and duo Walker McGuire with Broken Bow
Music, recently released their new song “Lost”. They and others give large credit to
Spotify in gaining national prominence as unsigned artists.
John is privileged to lead the charge of Spotify’s initiative to increase consumption of
Country Music Worldwide. That and breaking new artists on Spotify are tasks he is most
passionate about.
The Country Music Association recently awarded Marks the Jo Walker Meador Award.
The award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual in advocating and
supporting Country Music’s marketing development in territories outside the United

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